Honoring excellence

Sep 1, 2010

Ten outstanding alumni, including Biomet's Dane Miller, Delta Faucet's Keith Allman, and General Motors' Mary Barra, will be honored at Kettering's Bulldog Alumni Reunion weekend Sept. 10-12.

Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend at Kettering University is Sept. 10 through 12 this year, giving Kettering/GMI alumni a chance to renew old friendships and honor the achievements of their peers. This year the Kettering University Alumni Association honors ten alumni for professional excellence and civic engagement while celebrating the Bulldog classes of  2000, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960 and earlier.

This is a special time to reminisce and reconnect with the campus and Flint through tours of new buildings and old, golf outings and a visit to Flint’s Cultural Center. There is even a student soap box derby competition to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital rounding off weekend festivities.

More information is available at http://www.kettering.edu/alumni/bulldogdays_reunion_weekend.jsp

The highlight of the weekend is the Alumni Awards Dinner featuring recipients of the highest awards presented by the Alumni Association each year. Awardees are nominated by other alumni for professional excellence and outstanding service.

The awardees for 2010 are:

Dane A. Miller Ph.D ’69, former president and CEO of Biomet, Inc., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure.

Dr. Miller began his professional career at the Frigidaire Division, GMC in Dayton, Ohio, working as a cooperative engineering student. He also worked for Zimmer U.S.A. in Warsaw, Indiana, as Director of Biomedical Engineering.

In 1978, Dr. Miller and three others with orthopedic manufacturing experience formed Biomet, Inc. The company has grown from $17,000 in sales its first year into one of the leading musculoskeletal companies in the world – with annual sales exceeding $2 billion.

Since his retirement, Dr. Miller has participated with a group of private equity sponsors taking Biomet private in September of 2007 and serves on the Biomet Board of Directors.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Materials Science Engineering from Kettering/GMI in 1969 and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Materials Science-Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1971 and 1974, respectively.

He and his wife Mary Louise donated more than $1.2 million to establish the Dane and Mary Louise Miller Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering Laboratories. Dr. Miller has also supported Kettering Motorsports, served on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the President’s Council. While at Kettering/GMI, he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He and Mary Louise live in Winona Lake, Ind.

Keith Allman ’85, Masco group vice president and president of Delta Faucet Company, a division of Masco Corporation, will receive the Outstanding Achievement award recognizing specific, exceptional career achievement.

Allman began his career at General Motors as a GMI co-op student and spent 13 years with the company in a variety of manufacturing, engineering and quality positions. Following his career at GM, he worked in the automotive tier one supply base, first as a plant manager for Preferred Technical Group and later as a general manager for Donnelly Corporation.

Allman joined Masco Corporation in 1998 as vice president of manufacturing at cabinet maker Merillat Industries. After serving in various operations and sales roles at Merillat, he was promoted in 2004 to executive vice president of operations for Masco’s Builder Cabinet Group.

He was appointed president of Delta Faucet Company in 2007, and has since built a strong team that has repositioned the Delta® brand and developed a successful new product pipeline that is driving sustainable growth. In 2010, he was promoted to Masco group vice president.

Allman earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering/GMI and an MBA from the University of Michigan. While at Kettering, Allman was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He and his wife Domenica live in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Christopher J. Brady ’90 and Orrin Woodward ’90, director of All-Brand Marketing for TEAM and chairman of the board for TEAM respectively, will receive the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.

Brady and Woodward are co-founders of TEAM, a leadership development service provider, and co-authors of “Launching a Leadership Revolution.” Brady and Woodward co-founded the charity All Grace Outreach to impact and improve the lives of children both locally and globally and to fund Christian outreach efforts throughout the world.  

Funding for this effort was provided by 100 percent of the author proceeds from the sale of their book. Brady, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering/GMI and a master’s of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, is listed in the World's Top 30 Leadership Gurus and among the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter.

While at Kettering Brady was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and Chairman of Student Alumni Council. He and his wife Terri have four children and split their time between Florida and Michigan.

Woodward, earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering/GMI and Business Administration training from the University of Michigan. He holds four U.S. patents, holds an exclusive National Benchmark Award for product analysis and has also been recognized in national trade journals. His leadership blog has received international acclaim as an Alltop Leadership Selection, HR's Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership, and a Universities Online Top 100 Leadership Blog.

Woodward was honored as one of the Top 250 people to follow on Twitter. While at Kettering Woodward was a member of a member of the Gamma Mu Iota Honor Society. He and his wife Laurie have four children.

Roland Maki ’61 PE, retired, part-time consultant and former senior staff research engineer for General Motors, will receive the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field in engineering.

Maki holds four U.S. patents and worked as a research engineer or senior research engineer in various positions at General Motors for 31 years. He was most recently in charge of directing research activities on powertrain systems for future vehicles including identifying alternative automotive transmission configurations and the synthesis of hybrid vehicle energy storage systems.

Previously, he was in charge of mechanical systems research, new technological initiatives, alternative engines mechanism development and unconventional bearing configurations and lubricants research.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Life Fellow), Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and a registered Professional Engineer. Maki was recognized with the SAE Colwell Merit Award in 1987, ASME Best Papers Award in 1980 and 1984, ASME Tribology Division Distinguished Service Award in 1974 and the Kettering University Gold Key Achievement Award in 1971.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering/GMI in 1961. Maki is a volunteer for the Older Persons Commission, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the Gleaners Food Bank. He and his wife Roberta live in Rochester, Mich.

Mary T. Barra ’80, vice president, Global Human Resources for General Motors, will receive the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management.

Barra has served as  Vice President, Global Human Resources and a member of the GM Senior Leadership Group since 2009. Prior, she had been GM Vice President for Global Manufacturing Engineering and also held the positions of Executive Director, Vehicle Manufacturing Engineering, and various engineering and staff positions, including Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering, Business Manager for Corporate Staffs, and General Director of Internal Communications for GM North America.
Barra earned bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering/GMI and in 1988, received a GM Fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she graduated in 1990 with an MBA in Business Administration. While at Kettering she was a member of Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.

She serves on the Board of Trustees at Kettering University, and is Key Executive for Stanford University. Barra is married with two children.

Machelle A. McAdory ’85, vice president of Human Resources and Administrative Services Chrysler Financial, will receive the Human Relations Awards recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University.

Her current position as the lead Human Resources executive and member of the executive committee at Chrysler Financial give her operational responsibility for broad HR strategy and practice, administrative services, and corporate communications.

McAdory previously served as Human Resources Executive, Global Procurement and  Supply, for Daimler/Chrysler and in various labor and human resources positions since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering /GMI and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Robots’ Society. Her community involvement includes serving as Board Secretary for HAVEN, Vice Chairman, and Human Resources Committee Chair for the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Blood Services, and Agency Re-investment Subcommittee Chair for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

McAdory was recognized in the 2009 Who's Who in Black Detroit -Women of Power, was a 2008 National Eagle Leadership Institute award recipient; listed in the 2008 Who's Who in Black Detroit, 2008 Profiles in Diversity Women Worth Watching, and 2007 Black MBA magazine "Top 50 under 50 Executives." She and husband Randall McAdory have three children and live in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Terry Van Ballegooijen ’70, director of Logistics Services for KAUST U.S. Ltd., will receive the Civic Achievement Award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community.

Van Ballegooijen began his career with GM Parts Division before joining the American Arabian Oil Company as a material handling engineer, and eventually as superintendent in Material Supply. The company grew and became Saudi Aramco.

Van Ballegooijen designed and built Saudi Aramco’s warehousing and storage system. He retired to the Oregon coast from 1999 to 2007 where he became a professional volunteer, working with the Florence Kiwanis Club and serving as president of the Florence Kiwanis Foundation, on the city budget committee, as church treasurer and as West Lane Republican treasurer. He also served as vice president of Otter Rock Timeshare Association, volunteered as a grade school camp counselor and the donated 50 pints of blood over ten years. He was honored as Kiwanian of the Year in 2007, by the Florence Kiwanis Club.

Also in 2007, he returned to work as director of Logistics Services for KAUST U.S. Ltd. in Washington, D.C., and assisted in the start up of the graduate level university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia in 2009.

He and wife Kathleen have two sons who both attended Kettering. The Van Ballegooijen’s are currently in Washington, D.C., and plan to return to Oregon when he is finished with his work with KAUST U.S. Ltd.

Michael VanSlyke ’70, former executive director for Alumni Affairs at Kettering University, will receive the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University.

VanSlyke was born in Flint, Michigan, and enrolled at General Motors Institute in 1965. He began his co-op career working with the (then) Buick Motor Division as a third-generation General Motors employee. Following graduation, his professional career included assignments as plant manager of GM's Fredericksburg, Virginia components plant and leadership positions in the General Motors international engine programs.

He worked for General Motors in Japan for a number of years in this capacity. During his tenure with GM, VanSlyke served as president of the Flint area Kettering/GMI Alumni Chapter and was part of the original organizing team for the successful Sobey Golf Outing that has benefitted many Kettering students with scholarship support.

In 2001, following his GM retirement, VanSlyke became Executive Director for Alumni Affairs at Kettering University, where he served through 2009. In this capacity he was also Executive Secretary for the Kettering-GMI Alumni Association alumni board of directors.

Significant growth in alumni relations and programs took place at Kettering under his leadership. Now retired, VanSlyke remains an enthusiastic spokesman for Kettering University. He and his wife Ellen have two children and a home in Holly, Mich.

Henry M. Wandrie III ’00, co-founder and COO of Epiphany Solar Water Systems, will receive the Young Alumni award recognizing a graduate (of the previous 10 years) who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as Alumni Service, Human Relations, Civic, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Management or Outstanding Achievement.

Wandrie, began his professional career at Delphi Automotive Systems, concentrating in battery manufacturing.  He then went to Honeywell Turbo Technology where he served as Manufacturing Engineer and Sourcing Manager. He was recruited by LISI Group to manage the acquisition of Jeropa Swiss Precision and United States expansion of LISI Medical.

In 2009, Wandrie, along with three other engineers founded Epiphany SWS. Their first product was a highly efficient, solar powered water desalination and purification system. Wandrie earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

While at Kettering he was a member and team leader for the Propane Vehicle Challenge team and a member of the Formula Lightning electric race car team. He is currently involved with Project Eviive, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit supporting fresh water initiatives worldwide.

Wandrie and his wife Christa have a 10 month old daughter, Kayla.  The family splits their time between residences in Irvine, Calif., and New Castle, Penn.