Berry nominated as Emerging Leader

Aug 26, 2005

Dr. Joel Berry of Kettering is a finalist for the Automation Alley Fifth Annual Awards for technology advancement in Southeast Michigan.

Automation Alley, which drives the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's technology economy, announced Dr. Joel Berry, professor and department head for Mechanical Engineering at Kettering, is among the finalists for its Fifth Annual Awards Gala, Sept. 23 at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Mich.

Finalists represent the top technology leaders and organizations that have made significant contributions to technology advancements throughout Southeast Michigan. Berry is among the finalists in the Emerging Leader (new award) category for his work developing the Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration at the university. Winners will be announced at the Gala.

Categories and nominees include:

Emerging Leader (new award category)
Dr. K Joel Berry, director, Kettering University Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration (Flint)
Jonathan B. Smith, managing director, Wave Dispersion Technologies, Inc. (Sylvan Lake)
Adam Wilburn, manager of web development team, Plante & Moran PLLC (Southfield)

CEO of the Year
Cynthia J. Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions (Detroit)
John G. Sanderson, Siemens VDO Automotive Corp. (Auburn Hills)
Gail Torreano, SBC Michigan (Detroit)

Emerging Technology Company of the Year
BOSSdev, Inc. (St. Clair Shores)
Delta Staffing (Clarkston)
Infor (Northville)

Automation Alley Member of the Year
Dr. Patrick Callaghan, former strategic director, Walsh College (Troy)
Lynn Ingberg, vice president, Advanced Communications Technologies (Southfield)
Jennifer Llewellyn, program coordinator, Michigan Works! Troy Career Center (Troy)

Technology Company of the Year
DELMIA (Auburn Hills)
Plexus Systems, LLC (Auburn Hills)
TechTeam Global, Inc. (Southfield)

Educational Program of the Year
Automotive Youth Education Systems (Troy)
Haas Technical Education Centers (Warren)
The Michigan Regional Future City Competition (Southfield)

Non-profit of the Year (new award category)
Beaumont Hospitals (Royal Oak)
The New Detroit Science Center (Detroit)
The Oak Park Business & Education Alliance (Oak Park)

Automation Alley drives the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's technology economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

More than 560 businesses, educational institutions and government entities belong to Automation Alley, covering an eight county area and the City of Detroit. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through the Automation Alley International Business Center, which provides business attraction services and exporting assistance; the Automation Alley Technology Center, which brings together businesses, educators and government to help entrepreneurs accelerate technology commercialization; and the GLIMA Network, one of the country's largest associations for individuals involved in the business of technology and related fields. For more information, visit

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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