The Oprah blog and the Detroit Free Press published interviews with Christina Shinouskis ’82, a chemical engineering alumna known as “the cup lady,” who designs interior storage spaces in vehicles for General Motors. See Shinouskis.
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.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maureen L. Johnson, E&P VP Operations Technology, OMS, CI & Activity Planning, BP America Inc.
As a Vice President Operations Technology Maureen (Mo) Johnson is accountable for supporting safe, reliable and efficient operations in Exploration & Production (E&P). Her particular areas of focus are BP’s Operating Management System (OMS), Continuous Improvement (CI) and Activity Planning. Working with the line and functional subject matter experts, her team plans and supports deployment of improvement strategies in these focus areas.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ching-An Peng as the first holder of the James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair. The reception will be held on August 6th.
The Department of Chemical Engineering held its 2008-2009 Awards Convocation April 8 in the lobby of the Memorial Union Ballroom. The Convocation is held each year to honor the graduating seniors, as well as to recognize the support of our industrial partners, alumni and friends who contribute to the success of the department.
The Convocation M.C.s were Dr. Tony Rogers and Dr. Faith Morrison, and the featured speaker was Ms. Susan Lewis Global Manufacturing Director, Dow AgroSciences Division. Other highlights of the 2009 event included undergraduate student awards.
Robert, Rex and Paul Marshall, brothers and business partners, have given an estate gift of funds of nearly $700,000 to support the Marshall Family Endowed Scholarship Fund for engineering students who demonstrate financial need and scholastic achievement. Robert Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1942 and founded the Aluminum Supply Company in Detroit in 1948.
Holly Hillberg, Chemical Engineering ’83, the chief technology officer and vice president of Carestream Health, Inc. received the 2009 ATHENA Award at the 23rd annual ATHENA Awards luncheon Jan. 22.
S. Jayson Ripke, who earned three degrees at Michigan Tech, with a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering before embarking on a career in the iron ore industry, will receive the University’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
When Frank Pavlis graduated from Michigan Tech in 1938, he was the first in his family to make it through college, graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Chemical Engineering.
That education enabled his highly successful career, which began in 1940 at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Retiring in 1980 as its vice president for international/world trade, Pavlis now is giving back. His $2 million gift to the university will give selected students the skills in technological leadership that formed the underpinning of his own career.