College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award

The Materials Science and Engineering Alumni Merit Award is presented at the Alumni Awards Dinner, part of the Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend.  Winners are those alumni who have made a difference in their field – and in the world.

Annual winners, whose accompanying biographies are snapshots of their career at the time of the award, include:

Marcus Collins

2023 - Marcus Collins

From working as a digital strategist for Beyonce to his current position as clinical assistant professor of marketing at Michigan Ross, Marcus Collins (BSE ’02) proves definitively that MSE majors really can do it all! While Collins has had a remarkable career in media and marketing, he fervently maintains that his career success is rooted in his MSE training as an undergraduate.


2022 - Rita Baranwal

Dr. Rita Baranwal is Chief Technology Officer at Westinghouse Electric Company. In this role, she leads the company’s global research and development investments and spearheads a technology strategy to advance the company’s innovative nuclear solutions. 

During her career, Dr. Baranwal served as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in a U.S. President-appointed and Senate- confirmed role. She led efforts to promote R&D on existing and advanced nuclear technologies that sustain the U.S. fleet of nuclear reactors and enable the deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems. 

Dr. Baranwal also has held senior leadership roles with the Idaho National Laboratory as Director of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative and, most recently, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as Chief Nuclear Officer and Vice President of Nuclear. Earlier in her career, she led and conducted R&D in advanced nuclear fuel materials for U.S. Naval Reactors at Bechtel Bettis, Inc. 

Dr. Baranwal holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. from U-M. She is distinguished as an American Nuclear Society Fellow. 



2020 - Michelle Griffith

Michelle Griffith (PHD '95) is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, NM. The rank of Distinguished Member of the TechnicalStaff is awarded to no more than ten percent of the technical staff at Sandia who are recognized as leaders within their field, and whose technical accomplishments have made Laboratory and national impacts. During her distinguished career at SNL, she has provided technical expertise and leadership in multiple areas, including: materials; rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing; nuclear weapon components; satellite telescope design, manufacturing, and operation; missile defense concepts and analyses; and nuclear detonation detection and space payloads.


2019 - James Yurko

Jim Yurko (B.S.E. '97) earned a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from MIT. Prior to joining Apple, Vice-President of Technology at Materion Corporation; co-founded Boston Metal Inc., a start-up commercializing technology to reduce the environmental impact of metals extraction; and co-founded Electrolytic Research Corporation, a developer of sustainable metals extraction technology.  Jim’s career has focused on materials design and process development including aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, magnesium, zirconium-bulk metallic glasses, beryllium, and other systems. He is active in TMS, serving previously as chair of the Process Technology and Modeling Committee, and was awarded the Vittorio de Nora Prize for Environmental Improvements in Metallurgical Industries in 2012 and the Brimacombe Medal in 2016.


2018 - Max MaddenJerry Madden

 A self-described “product person,” Madden worked the bulk of his career (1968-1993) in research and development with DuPont in Wilmington, Del., where he helped advance the development of Kevlar coating and oversaw the transition from dry-spinning to wet-spinning, an important step in fiber processing.

During those same years at DuPont, Madden also served as a part-time faculty member at Widener University in Chester, Pa., where he taught two courses in materials science in a BSE program for part-time students. The first course covered the Van Vlack text to develop fundamental materials building blocks and the second course focused on special topics in materials.

From Dupont, Madden went on to become president and CEO of Nye Lubricants in New Bedford, Mass. When Madden came on board in 1994, Nye was a 150-year-old company whoseoriginal products were based on refining special fluids found in the heads of toothed whales. Under Madden’s leadership, the company transitioned to becoming the world leader in the supply of synthetic lubricants and developed a strong growth period which included a significant export business network.


2017 - Kimberly O. Flesner

Kim Flesner is leader of Materials Engineering and Forensic Practices, and principal, at Stress Engineering Services, an employee-owned engineering services company in Houston. She has earned the Professional Engineer certification. Her role encompasses a variety of activities, including failure analysis, accident investigation, involvement in corporate acquistions and presenting technical papers internationally. Previously, she was managing engineer at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates. Following her undergraduate Michigan degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering in 1984, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas. Ms. Flesner is an active Wolverine. She serves as a member of the Houston “Victors for Michigan” Campaign Committee. She also is a member of the University of Michigan’s national Alumni Association Board of Directors. 


2016 - Aaron CrummAaron Crumm

Aaron Crumm’s Ph.D. work at the University of Michigan led to his founding of Adaptive Materials, Inc. (AMI), an alternative energy market leader. Aaron’s simple, yet radical, business proposition was to develop a portable solid oxide fuel cell system that ran off of readily available fuel. Aaron’s work has attracted more than $50 million in contracts to support the growth of AMI. His success in leveraging research grants as part of AMI’s business acceleration strategy was integral to the company’s ability to remain privately-held and focused on fuel cell product development. The company was acquired by defense industry giant Ultra Electronics in 2010. AMI has been recognized for its dynamic growth with Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack, Inc. 5,000, and Inc. 100 Energy Company awards. Aaron has also been individually recognized as an entrepreneur with multiple awards including Executive of the Year in 2011.

 Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Aaron gained insight into electric power generation as a nuclear engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University, and a PhD in Material Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, advised by Prof. John Halloran. Aaron is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposia and fuel cell conferences. Aaron takes a very active role in the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship’s programs as a faculty in residence and education as its first entrepreneur in residence. Beyond teaching courses, he serves as an advisor to student startups, and specially supports projects looking to translate technology into the energy industry. In 2016, Aaron joined the MSE External Advisory Board.


2015 - Don Nolan

Don Nolan joined Kennametal Inc. in November 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer.Don Nolan

At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day nearly 13, 000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated more than $2.6 billion in revenues in fiscal 2015.

Prior to Don joining Kennametal, he served as President of Avery Dennison’s $4.5 billion Materials Group. In that position, he harnessed the company’s operational strengths and accelerated organic growth with an acute focus on customer engagement, brand-savvy marketing and commercially successful innovation. 

Don has more than 30 years of experience in specialty materials and practical experience leading global growth and top-tier performance serving customers in diverse, global industries.

Don received a bachelor’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and later returned to the University of Michigan where he earned his MBA. He serves on the board of directors of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and is a member of the University of Michigan’s Engineering Advisory Council. 


2014 – Paul KrajewskiPaul Krajewski

Dr. Paul Krajewski is a globally recognized expert in lightweight materials, automobile lightweighting, and innovation. He received a bachelor's ('89), master's ('91), and doctorate ('94) in Materials Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Krajewski is currently a Global Manager and Technical Fellow for Vehicle Mass Integration and Strategy at General Motors Company. He leads teams responsible for developing the vehicle lightweight strategy and mass reduction technology plan for future GM vehicles, as well as having responsibility for mass integration on GM’s global vehicles. He was previously an Engineering Group Manager and Technical Fellow for General Motors Product Engineering where he was responsible for Advanced Technology Body and Exteriors as well as managing the Global Body Structures Leadership Team. Before that, he spent 15 years at General Motors Research and Development. He has led projects and production implementations with a variety of lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber composites. Dr. Krajewski has over 75 publications and has been awarded 38 US Patents.  He led a team responsible for designing and launching body panels for the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Stingray. The carbon fiber hood scoop for the Camaro and carbon fiber hood for the Corvette won Innovation Awards from the Society of Plastics Engineers in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Dr. Krajewski has been recognized by Fortune Magazine (40 under 40) and MIT’s Technology Review (TR35) as a leading innovator, and was elected as a Fellow of ASM International in 2008. He was the first recipient of the Brimacombe Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) in 2012 and won the Mathewson Medal from TMS in 2013 for outstanding published contribution to materials science. He has also appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel's Modern Marvels Aluminum Program. Dr. Krajewski recently led the development of the industry first sheet magnesium decklid which won the 2013 International Magnesium Association Award for innovative application of magnesium and the China Automobile & Parts Industry Development & Innovation Materials Innovation Award.


2013 – David MartinDavid Martin

Professor David Martin is recognized as a leader in the study of the design, synthesis, and characterization of the integration of electronic biomedical devices in living tissue. 

Professor Martin is currently the Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he is also a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He is a former member of our Engineering faculty.  

Among Professor Martin’s chief research interests are the investigation of high-resolution microscopy and impedance spectroscopy studies of defects in ordered polymers and organic semiconductors.

His work holds promise in a variety of applications. It’s been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, and the National Institutes of Health.

In recognition of his research accomplishments, Professor Martin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and he was a former Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research. He is currently Chair of the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society.


2012 – Jason Hertzberg

As Vice President, Director of Mechanical Engineering Practice, and Principal Engineer at Exponent, Dr. Jason Hertzberg has lent his expertise in solving complex technical problems in a variety of industries. These include consumer products; medical devices; industrial equipment and systems; and technology product development.

His contributions on the consumer products side of his work are especially valuable. These include testing and analysis of new products before they are introduced into the marketplace, substantiation of product performance claims, and failure analysis of field-returned products, to name just a few. In addition, he has led recall-related investigations for a wide range of products including children’s and infants’ toys; child care products; and medical diagnostic equipment.

Dr. Hertzberg also investigates and addresses issues related to the mechanical behavior and degradation of a range of materials, including metals, polymers, and welded components.

In addition, he has co-authored the 5th Edition of his text, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Material. The book combines continuum aspects of mechanical behavior and a materials science approach to problem solving.


2011 – Dawn Bonnell

Dawn Bonnell is a Trustee Professor of Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright scholar to the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, after which she worked at IBM Thomas Watson Research Center. Her current research involves atomistic processes at oxide surfaces, nanometer scale electronic phenomena in materials, and assembly of complex nanostructures. She has authored or coauthored over 180 papers, edited several books, including Scanning Probe Microscopy and Spectroscopy: theory, techniques, and applications. Her work  has been recognized by the Presidential Young Investigators Award, the Ross Coffin Purdy Award, the Staudinger/Durrer Medal, and several distinguished lectureships. Professor Bonnell serves on several editorial boards, national and international advisory committees, is a past president of AVS, served the governing board of the American Institute of Physics, and is a past vice president of the American Ceramic Society. She is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the AVS.


2010 – James Speck

James S. Speck (BSE ’83) is professor and chair of the materials department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests revolve around understanding the relationship between thin film electronic materials growth and microstructure, and that between microstructure and physical properties.

Speck is a recipient of the Quantum Device Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, and was an inaugural fellow of the Materials Research Society. In 2008, he received the JJAP Best Paper Award, and was named an American Physical Society fellow in 2009. He won a 2010 IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award in recognition for his work on nonpolar and semipolar GaN-based materials and devices.

After completing his BSE in metallurgical engineering at U-M, Speck received his SM and ScD in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


2009 – Leonard G. Miller

Larry Miller enjoyed a distinguished career in the plastics industry for over four decades. Now retired, he co-founded Molmec, Inc., pioneers in dose-tolerance, injection-molded plastic parts mass production.

Headquartered originally in Detroit and later in Walled Lake, Michigan, Molmec served as a major supplier of molded plastic components for the automotive industry, including: door handles, interior trim, fans, shrouds, NHL ice skates, and carburetors for Briggs and Stratton. The company was one of the first to use robots in the injection-molding manufacturing process, and it introduced the first toilet designed to conserve water by using only a gallon and a half of water per flush. 

Prior, he worked in research and sales for DuPont.

Professionally, Mr. Miller served as a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers. As a student, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor societies, and received the Oreon E. Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science.

He has served the College and University generously. He was a member of the College's Class of 'SSE Emeritus Committee, which helped coordinate the 50-year class reunion and led fundraising for the class gift. He was the 'SSE Alumni Class Representative at the College's 2005 graduation ceremony. Also, he provided a significant gift to U-M's Kellogg Eye Center to purchase two high-resolution research microscopes.

Mr. Miller served as mayor of Michigan's Orchard Lake Village and as a member of the Village Planning Commission. He lives in Orchard Lake with a second home in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Mr. Miller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in materials engineering from the University of Michigan, and an executive business degree from Harvard University.


2008 – Kevin Chang

Kevin Hann Chang (M.S. Metallurgical Engineering '85, PHD '89) serves as regional general manager of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates in Taiwan, a leading technological company in the semiconductor equipment industry. In this capacity, he is in charge of business operations, including: system and non-system sales, product marketing, technology applications support, service and equipment warranty support, regional parts logistics and sourcing, human resources and financial control.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dr. Chang has devoted his efforts to research and development, semiconductor device integration, IC manufacturing (six sigma implementation), technical marketing, sales, and operational general management.

From 2000 to 2004, he managed the process organization at Novellus Systems in Taiwan, and led the team to co-develop the first Cu electro-plating process and LowK dielectric technology for the 0.18 µm IC production at UMC Foundry. This technology has been successfully migrated to 45nm and beyond.

From 1989-2000, Dr. Chang served as project manager for the Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector, where his responsibilities included applied process research and development, new process equipment design, yield improvement in a volume production environment, and technology transfer from research and development to manufacturing.

In earlier years he co-led the international research and development team from Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector, ASM International, and IHP Research Institute in Germany to develop the world's first SiGe:C selective epitaxial technology for BiCMOS telecommunication applications. This technology is still applied in 0.18 BiCMOS IC production worldwide today.

Dr. Chang earned a master of science in engineering degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master of science degree in mineral and energy resources from West Virginia University and a diploma in mining engineering from the National Taipei Institute of Technology in Taiwan. He earned an executive MBA from the National Chengchi University in Taipei and a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan.


2007 – Jody Hall

Jody N. Hall serves as engineering group manager of Global Die Standards &: Materials Applications at General Motors Manufacturing Engineering in     Pontiac, Michigan. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing die design standards for GM worldwide.

Prior to this position, Dr. Hall held posts as engineering group manager and senior project engineer of industrial engineering at General Motors Metal Fabricating Division in Troy, Michigan. Her extensive manufacturing experience ranges from research and development of new materials and manufacturing processes to solving current production problems. Her background includes engine and transmission components, body sheet metal, stamping die design and construction, plant floor data management and manufacturing strategic planning.

A founding member of the College of Engineering’s Alumni Society, Dr. Hall served as chairperson of the Board of Governors from 1996-1999. She continues to be active in the College, focusing on mentoring and recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students.

The recipient of numerous professional awards, Dr. Hall received the GM Die Engineering Services Award for Leadership in 2005, the USCAR Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to USAMP Auto/Steel Partnership in 2004 and the General Motors Chairman's Honors Award in 2001.

Dr. Hall earned a bachelor of science degree in materials and metallurgical engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan.


2006 – Won Suk Cho

Won Suk Cho is president of Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc., with offices in Ann Arbor (opened under his leadership) and Irvine, California. Prior to his current position. Dr. Cho was a senior vice president of Hyundai Motor Company in Namyang, Korea, where he led the development of alternative fuel vehicles with various technologies such as fuel cells and hybrid electric systems.

Dr. Cho has been involved with research of next-generation energy sources, the evolution of automotive recycling technologies, the development of specialty alloys, and lean burn engine and diesel oxidation catalyst technologies. Dr. Cho also has served on several planning advisory committees for the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). He is an accomplished author publishing 40 papers in scientific and technological conferences and journals. Dr. Cho received bachelor and master degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan.


2005 – Robert Pehlke

Robert PehlkeRobert D. Pehlke is a professor emeritus of the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty in 1960 and served several terms as chair of the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. His research has spanned a broad range of metallurgical topics, with an emphasis on high-temperature physical chemistry of metallurgical systems and computer applications in metallurgy. He has consulted extensively with ferrous and non-ferrous metal producers and suppliers.

Professor Pehlke has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including the text, Unit Processes of Extractive Metallurgy, widely used internationally. He co-authored Continuos Casting-Design and Operations, which is the fourth volume of the Iron and Steel Society -The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) series.

Professor Pehlke has been an active member and leader of numerous professional organizations. Also, he has received many awards and honors, including being named Case Institute Centennial Scholar and Van Horn Distinguished Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University. He is a fellow of ASM International and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, AIME and a distinguished life member of the Iron and Steel Society, AlME. He has presented the Howe Memorial Lecture of AIME and the Campbell Memorial Lecture of ASM International.

A registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan, Professor Pehlke earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan and master's and doctor of science degrees in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studied at the Technical Institute, now RWTH Aachen University, in Aachen, Germany, as a Fulbright Fellow during his graduate studies. He was a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, in 1994.


2004 – Chip Keough

Chip KeoughJohn R. (Chip) Keough, PE, i! the chief executive officer and owner of Applied Process, Inc., a heat treating facility specializing in the Austempering process. Mr. Keough is recognized worldwide in the area of foundry and heat-treat-related topics.

While a student at the University of Michigan, Mr. Keough worked part time as a machine builder at an industrial furnace company. He served as foundry technician at the University's Cast Metals Laboratory.

After graduation, he worked at General Motors’ Pontiac, Michigan, gray-iron foundry in various technical and supervisory roles. Then he served as principal engineer in the Directionally Solidified and Single Crystal Casting Group at TRW's Turbine Components Division plant in Minerva, Ohio.

Mr. Keough joined a family-owned business, Atmosphere Group, Inc., as vice president in 1984. He served as president of the newly formed Applied Process, Inc-. division and became chief executive and owner in 1993. The company has since added operations in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and licensees in Australia, the United Kingdom and British Columbia.

He serves as chairman of the Ductile Iron Society College and University relations Committee and secretary of the American Foundry Society (AFS) 5M Cast Iron Marketing Committee. He serves on the University of Michigan Materials Science and Engineering Department Alumni Committee. He is a fellow of ASM International and is a recent recipient of numerous awards, including the ASM International Detroit Chapter 2000 Shoemaker Award, the AFS 2001 Jack F. Steele Award, The Engineering Society of Detroit's Gold Medal (2002) and the AFS 2003 Ray H. Witt Award.

Mr. Keough earned bachelor's degrees in both mechanical and materials/metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1977 and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


2003 – Walden Rhines

Walden C. Rhines is chairman and chief executive officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with $600 million in revenue in 2002.

Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Dr. Rhines served as executive vice president in charge of Texas Instruments' (TI) Semiconductor Group, where he was responsible for over $5 billion of revenue and more than 30,000 people.

Dr. Rhines joined TI in 1972. During his tenure he held several technical and business management positions of increasing responsibility in the Semiconductor Group, Consumer Products Division, Central Research Laboratories and Data Systems Group.

Dr. Rhines was responsible fur the development of products, including TI's first"speech synthesis devices (used in Speak & Spell) and the TMS 320 family of digital signal  processors.

Dr. Rhines has held numerous leadership positions in professional, governmental and academic organizations. He served as chairman of the Semiconductor Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce; on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Corporation for Open Systems; on the board of directors of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers’ Association; and on the board of Sematech. He is board chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium and a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Lewis and Clark College, Cirrus Logic Corporation and Triquint Semiconductor. Dr. Rhines also serves as chairman of the Engineering Technology Industry Council of the State of Oregon.

Dr. Rhines earned a. bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1968, a master of science and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University and an honorary doctor of technology from Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England.


2002 – Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady is president, founder and principal owner of Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI), a privately held company that provides proprietary technical development, testingand specialty manufacturing services to the packaging industry.

After receiving his PhD in materials science from Michigan in 1972, Dr. Brady joined Owens-Illinois Inc. as a senior research scientist. Rising to vice president and director of Plastics Technology, Dr. Brady oversaw a staff of 300 people and managed the development of several leading-edge technologies, including a proprietary compression forming process, one of the first totally automated injection molding plants and the commercialization of the first PET soft drink container.

In 1985, he left Owens-Illinois 10 establish PTI. With offices and laboratories now in Ohio, Geneva and Brussels, PTI offers proprietary package technology development services to more than 70 clients in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. PTI professionals have authored more than 50 patents and a subsidiary company, Phoenix Technologies, uses proprietary PTl technology to recycle post-consumer PET rnaterial for reuse back into consumer packaging applications. Phoenix Technologies is now the world's Iargest supplier of both food grade and non-food grade recycled PET pellets for packaging and licenses recycling technology worldwide. Dr. Brady was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and Inc. magazine in 1989 and "Manager of the Year” by the American Management Association in 1996. PTI was selected as Northwest Ohio’s "Small Business of the Year” in 1995 and received Ohio's "Edison Award for Emerging Technology Companies" in 2002.


2001 – Christopher Dingell

Senator Christopher Dingell proves that the contributions of engineers need not be restricted to technical fields. From the front office and factory floor at Ford Motor Company to shaping public policy in front of the Michigan State Legislature, Dingell has demonstrated the flexibility and power of a Michigan Engineering degree.

Dingell graduated from the College of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in materials and metallurgical engineering in 1978. For six years, he worked for Ford Motor Company’s automotive and steel units before returning to law school in 1982.  In 1986, he earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law. This same year, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate  to represent the Seventh District.

Dingell a a member of both the Michigan Senate  Appropriations and Judiciary Standing Committees. Within the Appropriations Committee, he serves in the Career Development Strategic Fund Agency, Judiciary, State Police &Military Affairs, and Retirement subcommittees. Dingell is one of only three Michigan legislators serving on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Slate laws for a Uniform Commercial Code. He is active with the Economic Club of Detroit and also the Engineering Society of Detroit.


2000 – Anne Rowe

Throughout her impressive career, Anne Rowe has successfully blended academic and professional pursuits. In addition to her practical experience as a materials engineer, she was an esteemed educator, teaching college level courses in engineering materials, corrosion, fracture mechanics, and chemistry.

Professor Rowe received a B.S. in chemistry, an M.S., and a Ph.D. in engineering materials, all from U-M. After receiving her master's degree, she became a research associate in the Materials and Metallurgical Department in the College of Engineering, later moving to the School of Dentistry, where she became a senior research associate. In 1976, she joined NASA as a research metallurgist, ultimately becoming a materials engineer at the Kennedy Space Center.

Following her experience at NASA, Professor Rowe was named an assistant professor on the Department of Metallurgical Engineering faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. In 1983, she joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Purdue University. After returning to the private sector for two years as a materials analyst with the R. J. Lee Group in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, she joined the chemistry faculty at LaRoche College (Pittsburgh), eventually assuming the title of full professor.

Professor Rowe has published 14 papers and contributed to numerous government reports. In recognition of her contributions, she received the NASA Group Achievement Award for the STS-1 Launch Support Team in 1981. She was also named an American Society for Engineering Education fellow in 1985-86 and a Society of Women Engineers fellow in 1995.


1999 – Ernest Kirkendall

Ernest O. Kirkendall retired from his position as vice president of manufacturing and research at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) in 1979. He started as ametallurgical engineer at AISI in 1965, was assistant vice president from 1966 to 1968, and served as vice president from 1968 to1979.

Prior to his service with the institute, Dr. Kirkendall was first an instructor then assistant professor of metallurgical engineering at Wayne Stare University. During the latter position, which he held from 1941 to 1946, he co-authored a paper that would become famous among physical metallurgists and solid-state physicists. The paper, titled “Zinc Diffusion in Alpha Brass," was a continuation of his doctoral thesis and led to the discovery that the then-believed atomic mechanism of atomic diffusion in the solid state was wrong. The discovery was accepted and is known as the “Kirkendall Effect.”

In 1949, while serving as secretary of the Metals Division of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering ( AIME), Dr. Kirkendall was part of the team that founded the division’s Journal of Materials. He was the journal’s first editorial and business manager. In 1955, he was promoted to secretary of AIME, a position he held until 1963.

From 1963 to 1965, he was secretary and  general manager of the United Engineering Trustees and secretary of the Engineering Foundation.

Dr. Kirkendall received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State University in 1934. He earned a master's degree (1935) and his doctorate (1938) in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Upon retirement, he became a part-time professor of Materials Science at the University of the District of Columbia.


1998 – Vincent Gorguze

Vincent T. Gorguze is presently chairman, chief executive officer, and principal stockholder of six companies: Cameron Holdings Corporation; PlayPower, Inc.; Sinclair &Rush, lnc.; VTG Industries; Carco Electronics; and Landau Boats, LLC. He is also chairman emeritus of the board   of directors of Aldila, lnc.

Mr. Gorguze graduated from me University of Michigan in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering. Soon after, he joined Ford Motor Company’s Materials Laboratory as an engineering supervisor. During this time, he also served his country with distinction in the U.S. Navy. In the early 1950s, Mr. Gorguze left Ford to assume the position of general manager at Curtiss Wright Corporation's Metal Processing Division. Here, he directed the development and production of jet aircraft and nuclear submarine components made from new strategic materials. In 1963, he moved to the Emerson Electric Company, which asked him to serve as president of Its White-Rogers Division.  In 1973, he became president and chief operating officer of Emerson itself.

Mr. Gorguze was deeply involved in developing Emerson from a medium-sized company in !he 1960s to a billion dollar enterprise by the late 1970s. As chief operating officer, he was a prime architect of this growth, having overall responsibility for both domestic and international operations. In 1978, be retired from Emerson as vice chairman.

Today, Mr. Gorguze leads a half-dozen companies ranging from an industrial investment firm and a missile simulation company to a manufacturer/distributor of pleasure boats and marine-related products.


1997 – Dean K. Hanink

Dean Hanink earned his BSe in Metallurgical Engineering from U-M in 1942 before embarking on a prolific career as a metallurgical researcher and engineering manager. At General Motors Research in Detroit, he received his first patent in 1948 for the Al-Dip process for aluminum coating steel that lead to longer lasting automobile mufflers, engine valves and other products. Another 26 patents followed for automotive and aerospace applications. In 1981, he retired as Manager, Engineering Operations, Gas Turbine Engines of the Detroit Diesel Allison Division of General Motors, Indianapolis. Dean was recognized as a Fellow (1971) of the American Society of Metals for which he served as president (1974).  In 1986 the  National Research Council under the National Academy of Sciences appointed him to serve on the committee charged with ensuring that the Space Shuttle fleet could be safely returned to service following the Challenger disaster. For this service he received a Public Service Award from NASA, as well as an Astronauts Personal Achievement Award from the NASA Astronaut Team. 


1996 – Theo Sharp


1995 – Jere Brophy

Dr. Jere H. Brophy, FASM,  has combined the skills of material scientist, inventor, and executive during his career.

After earning a Ph.D. at U-M, Jere served as assistant professor at MIT and then joined Inco at its Sterling Forest Laboratory. At Inco, he performed seminal scientific research on superplastic “microduplex” stainless steel, and co-invented the laminate coinage used in U.S. dimes and quarters. He became Director of the Inco R&D Center (Sterling Forest). He fostered the “Internal Venture” concept that spun out commercial companies like Novamet in powder metals and Inmetco in waste metal recycling.

In 1982, Jere moved to TRW as VP of the Materials and Manufacturing Technology Center, then VP of Manufacturing and Materials Development of TRW Automotive Sector and ultimately VP of Engineering of the Automotive Sector. Since 1988, as VP of Technology for Brush Wellman Inc. (now Materion Corporation), Jere has led the drive to introduce new products,  improve processes, and otherwise broaden the company’s high-performance copper alloy product line.


1994 – Ray DeckerRay Decker

Dr. Raymond F. Decker is Chief Technical Officer of Thixomat/nanoMAG, Adjunct Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at The University of Michigan, member of the Board of Managers of QuesTek® Innovations, LLC. and member of Board of Molded Magnesium Products, LLC. Ray earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from The University of Michigan. He has been honored by U-M with its Sesquicentennial Award in 1967, Distinguished MSE Graduate and Engineering School Alumni Service Awards. He served as a Lt in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, as Vice President of Corporate Technology of INCO, Ltd, as Vice President of Research of Michigan Technological University and then was Founding Chairman of Thixomat, Inc. Dr. Decker was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1980 and is Fellow, Honorary Member, Gold Medalist, Engineering Materials Achievement Award winner and past Campbell Lecturer of ASM International and Robert Mehl Medalist of TMS. The commercialization of Thixomolding was recognized by the Mobile Innovation Award of Mobile Computing and by the INC 500 award. In technical endeavors, Ray is co-inventor of Maraging Steels and co-inventor of Mg alloys for biomedical applications, including light weight orthopaedic knee braces and bioabsorbable implants to fix bone trauma. His early specialty was strengthening mechanisms in Nickel-Base Alloys for which he was designated as Honoree of the 2008 Seven Springs Superalloy Symposium of ASM International/TMS.

Ray is Past President of ASM International, member of the Detroit Chapter and Past Chairman of ASM Materials Education Foundation and is currently serving on the Foundation Board, wherein his passion is Teachers Camps and the Foundation's new initiative on Technology Workforce Development


1993 – Arden Bement

Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr. served as the 12th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from November 2004 to May 2010. During his six-year tenure as director, Bement oversaw the establishment of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, an increase in the NSF budget, and the broadening of NSF's international collaboration, to name a few highlights.

Prior to NSF, Bement trained as a metallurgical engineer, earning his B.S. at the Colorado School of Mines, his M.S. at the University of Idaho, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Bement's diverse career spanned industry, government and academia. In 1954, Bement launched his career in industry as a senior research associate at General Electric. In 1965, Bement became manager of fuels, materials, and metallurgy at Battelle Northwest Laboratories. In 1970, he left Batelle to take a position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as professor of nuclear materials. In 1976, Bement brought his multifaceted engineering experience to the federal government, directing science and technology policy and research and development as director of the Office of Materials Science for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). From 1979 to 1980, he served as deputy undersecretary for research and engineering for the United States Department of Defense. In 1980, Bement joined TRW, Inc., where he served as vice president for technical resources until 1988 and vice president for science and technology until 1992. 

In 1992, Bement returned to academia to assume the position of David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He also served as head of the School of Nuclear Engineering and was jointly appointed to the Krannert School of Management and the departments of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

In December 2001, Bement returned to government when President George W. Bush appointed him as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As director of NIST, Bement led organizational efforts to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness within the United States. Bement administered an agency budget of around $773 million and an administrative and research staff of 3,000 employees.


1992 – Donald Frey

Donald FreyProfessor Donald N. Frey was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1923. After a boyhood in Iowa, he entered engineering school at Michigan State College in 1940. World War II then intervened and during the years of 1942-1946, Donald Frey served as an officer in the United States Army. He then re-entered engineering school, this time at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his Ph.D. In Metallurgical Engineering In 1949 while maintaining an Assistant Professorship.

Donald Frey's career In the world of International business began at the Ford Motor Company In 1950. He became Vice-President and Chief Engineer at Ford In 1964. Dr. Frey was responsible for many Industrial innovations. In 1965 he was project manager for what would become the icon vehicle of an era, the original Ford Mustang. He then resigned in 1968 to become the president of the General Cable Company. He then actively directed himself to environmental issues in 1970 by establishing new methods of copper recovery for the recycling industry using a tolling principle. In 1971, Don Frey was appointed President and CEO of the Bell & Howell Company. In 1975, while at Bell & Howell and as a Director of Twentieth Century Fox Corp., he was responsible for the first high-volume Integrated manufacture of video cassettes for the Hollywood movie industry. And ten years later, in 1985, Bell & Howell produced the first successful CD-Rom based Information system initially for General Motors dealer service operations.

Donald N. Frey retired from industry in 1988. He then channeled his industrial experiences into academia by accepting a Professorship in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IE/MS) at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering on the Evanston campus.