College of Engineering to welcome new Hall of Fame members for 2022

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For the first time in three years, the Wayne State University College of Engineering will host its Hall of Fame awards dinner. The classes of 2020 and 2022 will be honored on Friday, April 22, at Wayne State’s Industry Innovation Center.

Nathan Cabbil, B.S. ’94, and Uma Raghavan, M.S. ’94, comprise the Hall of Fame class of 2022 and will bring membership to 152 honorees since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 1983. They will join Andrew Hernandez, B.S. '84, and James B. King, B.S. '65, M.S. '67, who were slated to be inducted in 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. The College of Engineering will also recognize distinguished engineers and computer scientists from each of its eight departments.

Nathan Cabbil
Nathan Cabbil

Cabbil is a senior operation executive with 25 years of experience driving business transformation and operational change solutions for companies in diverse and rapidly evolving industries. He has served in multiple leadership and executive-level roles over his extensive career, which began at General Electric Company in 1994. He was vice president of customer service for Royal Philips Electronics, and executive vice president of operations support for Republic Services. Currently, Cabbil is a founder, organizer and director of Integro Bank (proposed), a de novo community bank focused on supporting small businesses based in Phoenix.

Raghavan is an entrepreneur in residence for the AI2 Incubator, an initiative of the Allen Institute in Seattle, and the CEO of a stealth health care/AI startup. She was previously the founder and CTO of Integris, a VC-funded enterprise software company, where she was responsible for the core technology vision of putting enterprise privacy at the intersection of core computer science constructs of microservices, containerization, distributed computing and machine learning. Raghavan is a 25-year veteran technology executive with a successful track record of designing, building and operating large web-scale software systems for eBay, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart and Daimler Chrysler.

Uma Raghavan
Uma Raghavan

The distinguished engineers and computer scientists include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
    Rainer Hoffman, M.S. '84 (2020)
    Managing Partner, carhs GmbH
    Debora R. Marth, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’02 (2022)
    Founder and Principal Engineer, Safety Forensics, PLLC
  • Chemical Engineering and Material Science
    Colleen Hughes, B.S. '90, M.S. '93/94, Ph.D. '96 (2020)
    Senior Vice President, CDM Smith
    Tony Mackovski, B.S. ‘98 (2022)
    EV/Battery Global Segment Leader, Nalco Water
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Amir M. Azarmi, M.S. '82 (2020)
    Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Fairway Constructors, Inc.
    Dima El-Gamal, M.S. ’98, Ph.D. ’05 (2022)
    Capital Improvement Director, Great Lakes Water Authority
  • Computer Science
    Nestor Rychtyckyj, B.S. '80, M.S. '87, Ph.D. '01 (2020)
    Senior Analytics Scientist, Ford Motor Company
    Jerzy W. Rozenblit, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’85 (2022)
    University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Mohamad Abdul-Hak, B.S. '99 (2020)
    Senior Manager of eMobility, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc.
  • Engineering Technology
    Howard Finck*, B.S. '95 (2020)
    Sales Specialist and Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Bill Hansen, B.S. ’95 (2022)
    Principal Engineer, Terumo Heart, Inc.
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Donna Bell, M.S. '97, M.S. '11, Ph.D. '19 (2020)
    Director of Technology and Features, Strategy and Planning, Ford Motor Company
  • Mechanical Engineering
    John Shinska, B.S. '88, M.S. '01 (2020)
    Global Chief Engineer for Body Exterior Lighting, Ornamentation, and Front and Rear End Systems, Ford Motor Company

Prior to the event, the honorees will have the opportunity to attend Senior Capstone Design Day from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the main College of Engineering building and peruse a showcase of Wayne State students’ capstone projects, all of which present solutions to engineering challenges and commercial or social needs.

Dean Farshad Fotouhi and the Engineering Alumni Association will welcome the honorees and their families — as well as colleagues, alumni and industry leaders — to the awards dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend the event are $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting scholarships and student programs. Reservations can be made online.

*posthumous award


The 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.


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