Hall of Fame

hof_circleThe Wayne State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame was founded in 1983 to recognize and honor distinguished alumni who, through their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, have made significant industrial, educational and societal contributions to the engineering and computer science professions. The Hall of Fame celebrates the rich history of the College of Engineering and provides exceptional standards by which Wayne State University engineering students can measure success.

Mechanical Engineering
Jeff Yanssens, BSME ’83, received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Wayne State in 1983 and was subsequently hired at General Motors. He began his career as a test and development engineer while completing graduate work in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, earning a master’s in 1988. In more than three decades at...

Kathy Kay, 2016
Computer Science
Kathy Kay, BSCS ’83, is vice president of business technology at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where she and her team of technology professionals focus on developing strategic solutions for mobile, data analytics and customer applications. Prior to joining PG&E, Kay was senior vice president of business technology services...

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Olga Alavanou, BSEE ’88, has worked for Yazaki North America, Inc. for nearly two decades in various roles, including her current position as executive vice president for Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler business units. Alavanou manages Yazaki’s electrical and electronic distribution business and is responsible for global customer...

Mechanical Engineering
MSME '99, Ph.D. '00, is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and director of the university's Center for Trauma, Violence & Injury Prevention. She has extensive research experience in the area of human injury tolerances. Her research interests include...

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
is vice president of operations for the U.S. Gulf Coast at The Dow Chemical Company, where he is responsible for nine manufacturing sites, including Dow's Texas operations, the company's largest integrated chemical manufacturing complex. He joined Dow in 1981 in Freeport, Texas, and has held a number of leadership positions throughout the...

Engineering Management
MSEEMP '97, is vice president of North America manufacturing for Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for Ford's North American manufacturing footprint - the company's largest in the world, with more than 30 manufacturing plants. Mr. Hettle plays a key role in Ford's ongoing efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency, while...