Category Archives: Alumni

Alums at the Society of Rheology meeting in Montreal

At the Society of Rheology meeting in Montreal Canada in October 2013, Dr Faith Morrison met with James Eickhoff, Michigan Tech class of 2004, and Mark Cieslinski, Michigan Tech class of 2011. James works for Anton Paar, a rheometer manufacturer. He travels all over the world. Mark is a graduate student in Don Baird’s group at Virginia Tech, set to get his Ph.D. in chemical engineering/rheology in two years. Both students took CM4650 Polymer Rheology from Dr. Morrison when they were at Tech.

Michigan Tech at AIChE Annual Meeting

Come visit with our faculty over food & drinks, learn about our innnovative research, our outstanding lab facilities, our undergraduate and graduate education, and how we are creating the future.
AIChE ANNUAL MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO
MICHIGAN TECH RECEPTION
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 • 7-10 PM
HILTON SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE, CONTINENTAL ROOM 9
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2011-2012 Awards Convocation

The Annual Chemical Engineering Department Awards Convocation was held in the Rozsa Center on April 11, 2012. This is an opportunity to thank the faculty, staff and students for their hard work and dedication.  The department recognized the support of Mrs. Karen Hubbard, Kimberly-Clark, Dow Chemical, and UOP for their donations and services, which made this year’s Awards Convocation possible.

The guest speaker was Linda McInally, who joined Dow Corning in 1981 after having worked 2 years with IBM following her graduation from MTU as a chemical engineer. Her career at Dow Corning was centered on operations, with positions in process engineering, product development, finance and most recently, several roles in manufacturing leadership. Linda was named Vice President of Manufacturing for the Specialty Chemicals Business in 2008, where she was responsible for manufacturing plants across Asia, Europe and North and South America. Linda was recognized for her deep knowledge of the people and processes around the world, enabling strong leadership for contributing significant financial contribution and quality improvements for the business. Linda was also leading the Global Manufacturing Automation Group, responsible for implementing a vision for improving productivity through automation.Linda was awarded membership to the MTU Presidential Council of Alumnae in 2008 and inducted into the Chemical Engineering Distinguished Academy in 2010. She retired from Dow Corning in early 2012.

The  Interim Chair, Dr. Tony Roger opened the event.  The Convocation Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Faith Morrison, Associate Professor. Awards were presented by Mr. David Caspary, Lab Facilities Manager for Prevent Accidents With Safety (PAWS) Awards. The Dow Chemical Marriott W. Bredekamp Award was presented by Dr. John Sandell, Associate Professor. The Kimberly-Clark Communication Award and Kimberly-Clark Professional Ethics Award was presented by Mr. Robert VanDen Heuvel, Senior Process Engineer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The UOP Davis W. Hubbard Plant Design Team Award was presented by Dr. Caryn Heldt, Assistant Professor.  Student Reports were given for the   AIChE Chapter President by Ms. Kelly-Anne Zayan, Omega Chi Epsilon (OCE) President by Ms. Ellesse Bess, the Consumer Products Manufacturing (CPM) President by Mr. Robert Parker and the Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) President by Mr. Jacob Boes Student Research Recognition was presented by Dr. Caryn Heldt, Assistant Professor, the Faculty Awards, Teacher of the Year was presented to Dr. Faith Morrison  by AIChE Chapter President  Ms. Kelly-Anne, and  the Special Recognition of Graduating Seniors, by Dr. Faith Morrison, Associate Professor.

Photos for 2011-2012 Awards Convocation April 11, 2011

2010-2011 Awards Convocation April 6, 2011

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregg A. Zank, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, Executive Director of Science & Technology, Dow Corning Corporation

Gregg Zank joined Dow Corning in 1985. With more than 25 years of industrial experi-ence and a strong track record of scientific excellence, Gregg is a recognized leader in the scientific community and a pioneer in technological development. He holds 30 patents for innovations including advanced monolithic and composite ceramics, re-chargeable batteries and high-temperature thermosetting plastics. In his current position, Gregg leads Dow Corning’s innovation efforts, which include a unified approach to advancing and managing innovation for maximum future growth based on global megatrends. He also oversees the company’s resources and mecha-nisms for the development of new ideas and solutions, including a Business & Technol-ogy Incubator. In 2009, Gregg received the Earle B. Barnes Award, given by the American Chemical Society, for his accomplishments in scientific leadership, invention, staff development, and business impact. He was named to Senior Vice President in 2009.