Running with the Bulldogs

Mar 31, 2006

Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend, May 20-21, is a chance to renew old friendships and see the future of Engineering up close.

The Bulldog classes of 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961, 1956, and 1955 and earlier will celebrate their anniversary years at the Kettering/GMI Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend May 20 and 21.

Sponsored by the Kettering University Alumni Association, the Bulldog Reunion brings alumni back to campus for the Firebirds Car Show, tours of new buildings and old, receptions for honors societies, workshops and seminars and the Alumni Awards ceremony. In addition this year, there will be a FIRST Robotics demonstration and the unveiling of Kettering's Formula SAE competition vehicle.

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.

This year 10 Alumni Awards for professional achievement, service and human relations will be given. The awardees for 2006 are:

Joseph Spielman '68, General Motors Corporation vice president and general manager for Manufacturing in Pontiac, Mich., will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure. Spielman has operational responsibility for GM's North American vehicle assembly and metal stamping plants. He has also served GM as vice president and general manager of Vehicle Manufacturing over GM's North American assembly plants. Spielman joined GM in 1963 as a General Motors Institute co-op student, sponsored by the Fisher Body plant in Flint. After holding a number of supervisory positions in Plant Engineering and Maintenance, he was promoted to superintendent of the body shop in 1975; production manager in 1979; and plant manager in 1980. In 1981, he transferred to the Fisher Body Metal Fabricating plant in Marion, Indiana, as plant manager. Born in New York City, Spielman was raised in Trimont, Minn. He received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI in 1968. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1991. He was inducted into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in August 2001. Currently, Spielman serves as president of the Hundred Club of Flint, Inc., and as GM's key executive for Kettering University.

Dr. Dane Miller '69, president and CEO of Biomet, Inc., in Warsaw, Ind., will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement. Miller began his professional career at the Frigidaire Division, in Dayton, Ohio, from 1964 to 1969, working as a cooperative engineering student. From 1972 to 1975 he was employed at Zimmer U.S.A., a division of Bristol-Myers Squibb, in Warsaw, Ind., in the position of director of Biomedical Engineering. From 1975 to 1978, Miller served as director of Biomedical Engineering for Cutter Biomedical, a division of Cutter Laboratories, Inc., in San Diego, CA. In 1978, Miller returned to Warsaw and, along with three other local individuals with orthopedic manufacturing experience, formed Biomet, Inc. Their goal was to become the most responsive company in orthopedics while simultaneously providing patients with the highest quality and most clinically proven products in the marketplace. Miller has served as president and CEO of the company since its inception in 1978. Biomet 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. Miller was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He is married to Mary Louise (Schilke) Miller, has two children, two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Karenann Terrell '85, vice president and CIO of Chrysler Group and MBNA of DaimlerChrysler Corp., in Auburn Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management. Terrell is vice president and CIO-Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America at DaimlerChrysler Corp. She is responsible for IT management in North America including engineering, manufacturing, sales & marketing and after-sales, human resources, finance, and communications. Terrell was previously director of Managed Services & International Process Systems. Prior to that Terrell had served as director, eConnect Platform where she oversaw all Internet activities for the Chrysler Group. Prior to joining DaimlerChrysler, Terrell was with General Motors, serving as director of E-vehicle Activities, e-GM. During her career she has held various engineering assignments in Advanced Engineering, Product Engineering and Manufacturing, as well as brand management responsibilities for future luxury vehicles. Terrell's academic background includes a master of science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute. Terrell is a member of the board of directors for Women in Technology International (WITI) and is one of Automotive News' "100 Influential Women in the Automotive Business" as well as one of Internet Week's 2001 Top 100 Web Innovators. She was also named the "2001 Women in Technology/Office Depot's Businesswoman of the Year" and is a private pilot and a car enthusiast.

Jeffrey Henderson '88, executive vice president and CFO of Cardinal Health Inc., in Dublin, Ohio, will be honored with the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management. Henderson is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cardinal Health. Prior to joining Cardinal Health in April 2005, Henderson was president and general manager of Eli Lilly Canada Inc., and previously vice president and corporate controller of Eli Lilly & Co. Henderson joined Lilly in 1998 as vice president and corporate treasurer. Previously he held positions at General Motors Corp., including executive and managerial posts in Great Britain, Singapore, New York and Canada. He received his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and his master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Mark Perlick '69, vice president of Technology for Borg-Warner in Auburn Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering. Perlick was named vice president of Technology in 2005. Prior to that, he had been president and general manager of BorgWarner Transmission Systems since 2004. Previously, he was vice president of Engineering, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, the position he held since joining BorgWarner in February 1999. He also served as acting president of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems from February 2002-December 2002. Before joining BorgWarner, Perlick had a 35-year career at General Motors Corp. beginning in 1964 as a co-op student. He held numerous positions in Engineering and Program Management at GM. His most recent position there was chief engineer in Automatic Transmission Engineering. Perlick holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and lives in Shelby Township, Mich. Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader inhighly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 62 locations in 17 countries.

Shawn Burns '79, program manager for FWD Six Speed Transmission of General Motors Corporation in Troy, Mich., will be honored with the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering. Burns is program manager at General Motors Powertrain for a joint venture with the Ford Motor Co. on a new six speed front wheel drive automatic transmission to be introduced in 2006. He is responsible for execution of the product design, manufacturing installation and launch at GM. Burns has worked in product engineering and manufacturing. In product engineering he had assignments in vehicle safety and crashworthiness. He was a vehicle development manager for mid-size sedans and manager for V8 engine controls. In manufacturing Burns was superintendent of assembly for the Cadillac Northstar engine and later was named launch manager for a new V6 engine. As director of Synthesis and Analysis, Burns led a team of engineers who created a virtual tool for managing engine and transmission math models. For that he received the Boss Kettering award in 2000, the highest technical award given at General Motors. In 2001, Burns was named process guardian by GM North America's strategy board to lead the implementation of Design for Six Sigma in Product Engineering as a permanent way of doing work. Burns has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Walter Collins '53, retired from General Motors Corporation, living in Dayton, Ohio, will be honored with the Civic Achievement Award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community. Collins retired from General Motors in 1986 after 37 years with the company. He immediately began his next career as a volunteer. At St. Francis of Assisi parish in Centerville, Ohio, he has been an active member of the men's club and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He played a large role in a capital campaign to raise funds to build a new church building and oversaw the construction of the new parish, which was completed in 2004. He has served the Greater Dayton St. Vincent DePaul society as chairman of the executive advisory committee for the past five years. Collins helped the society raise $3 million needed to renovate an abandoned warehouse. He oversaw the renovation of the warehouse to the new St. Vincent DePaul Hotel, which houses 75 beds for single men, 35 for single women and six private family rooms. Collins continues to work with the Good Samaritan Hospital to house a medical clinic at the new hotel.

Fred Schaafsma '70, retired from General Motors Corporation, living in Old Mission, Mich., will be honored with the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University. Following a nearly 37-year career in Engineering and Product Development Management, Schaafsma announced his retirement from General Motors in April 2002. He is currently involved in a broad range of activities, including academia, charitable organizations and has several business interests in the Traverse City area. Schaafsma was the recipient of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association's 1995 Engineering Achievement Award and the 2000 Management Achievement Award. He served on the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years. He serves on several boards, including the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter; the Peninsula Community Library and his church. Born in Groningen, The Netherlands, Schaafsma received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1970. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Economic Club of Traverse City. He is an avid long distance cyclist, but his favorite ride is his 1969 Camaro Z28. Fred and his wife, Rebecca, have a son, a daughter and a new grandson.

Gary Eaker '76, president and co-owner of AeroDyn Wind Tunnel, LLC in Mooresville, North Carolina, will be honored with the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise. Since 2004, Eaker has been the designer, builder, principle owner and CEO of A2 Wind Tunnel LLC and from 2001-2006 was the designer, builder, principle owner, CEO of AeroDyn Wind Tunnel LLC also in Mooresville. From 1977-1984 he was a project engineer with General Motors Aerodynamics Laboratory at the GM Technical Center and was the senior project engineer, Advanced Aero Group (including race car aerodynamics)-GM Aero Lab from 1981-1994. He was also employed as aerodynamicist for Hendrick Motorsports from 1994-2001. Some of Eaker's specific achievements include: co-aerodynamicist of GM's EV1 electric vehicle, [modified EV1 set electric car speed record at 183 mph in 1994], developer of early aero modifications (rocker skirts and recessed right-side window) adopted by NASCAR to reduce race car lift-off at extreme yaw, developer of roof flaps on NASCAR vehicles-author of SAE technical paper on their aero development-1994 Award of Excellence from NASCAR, developer of body-side air deflectors on top fuel dragsters, co-designer, co-builder, and driver of 1988 Pontiac Trans-Am land speed record holder at 293 mph (Bonneville-1989). He graduated in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute.

Paul Walters '66, executive vice president of Administration for Penske Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, will be honored with the Human Relations Award recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University. Penske Corp. is a privately held company with revenues of $14B and 36,000 employees worldwide. Walters joined General Motors in 1961 at the Chevrolet Tonawanda Motor Plant as a General Motors Institute co-op student and held various positions at the Tonawanda plants and Saginaw Metal Casting Plants until he became personnel director of the Tonawanda Complex in 1977. In 1984, Walters was named director of Human Resources Management at Chevrolet Central Office, and served as an administrator for Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Group (C-P-C) until he was promoted with Detroit Diesel Allison Division of General Motors Corp. in 1987. In 1988, Walters was named senior vice president-Administration, Detroit Diesel Corp., the new joint venture between General Motors and Penske Corp. In 1997, he was promoted to executive vice president-Administration, Penske Corp. and senior vice president, Detroit Diesel Corp. In 1999, Walters also added the role of executive vice president-Human Resources. Detroit Diesel Corp. was sold to DaimlerChrysler in 2000. Walters earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1966. He currently serves on the Junior Achievement board of directors for Southeast Mich. He is also a member of the Personnel and Industrial Relations Group of Mich. Walters is the past president of the Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association in Buffalo, NY. He also served as the chairman of the board of directors for Independent Health, an HMO in Buffalo, NY. Walters is active with the Sigma Chi, Zeta Theta Chapter, at Kettering.

For more information about Bulldog Days Alumni Reunion 2006, contact Deb Schnettler at 810-762-9746.