Woman of the Year 2010

By Website Administrator | Nov 11, 2010

Sixteen outstanding young women will be honored at the Kettering University "Woman of the Year" banquet Saturday, Nov. 20.

Sixteen Kettering students will be honored Saturday, Nov. 20 at the 14th Annual Woman of the Year Recognition Banquet, a program of the Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women’s Resource Center at Kettering University.

Elizabeth  Marie Santos, of Sanford, Fla., was chosen as A-Section Woman of the Year, She is an Industrial Engineering major and her co-op employer is the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kettering University.

Victoria Hills, of Flint, Mich., was selected as B-Section Woman of the Year. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering in a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree program, and her co-op employer is Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances in New Bern, North Carolina.

Kettering University, in Flint, is one of the country’s premier cooperative education universities whose student body rotates three-month academic terms with three-month cooperative educations terms. A and B Sections refer to which academic section students belong.

The four finalists for the award were Huong Thuy Chim, an Electrical Engineering major from Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jenny A. Dunham, a Mechanical Engineering major from Mt. Clemes, Mich.; Janese Jackson, a Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering major from Kingston, Jamaica; and Kristen Marshea Warren, a Mechanical Engineering major from Hernando, Miss. 

Receiving honorable mention were: Erika Baker, of Riley, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Kimberly Cole, of Corunna, Mich., majoring in Chemical Engineering; Chelsea Crabtree, of Seneca, Kan., majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Randi Holderbaum, of Birch Run, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Linda Hunt, of Shelby Township, majoring in Applied Physics; Jheanell Johnson, of Kingston, Jamaica, majoring in Mechanical Engineering; LeAndra Leverette, of Detroit, Mich., majoring in Industrial Engineering; Khadijah McGuffie, of Detroit, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Ashley Siler, of St. Clair, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering; and Rayanne Torok, of Swartz Creek, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

The Woman of the Year award at Kettering University recognizes senior female students who have made a difference during their college tenure. Academic achievement is only 20 percent of a rating system that includes service, dedication, mentoring, role modeling and leadership.

Nominees must be individuals recognized by students, faculty and staff as someone who “gets things done,” and is involved in service on campus, at their place of employment and in their home communities.

The A and B Section Women of the Year:

Elizabeth Marie Santos, A-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Richard Santos and Terra Hutton, both of Sanford, Fla. She is an Industrial Engineering major and her co-op employer is the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kettering University.

Santos has worked for General Motors and Lockheed Martin during her tenure at Kettering. She is currently employed at the University as a researcher studying the decomposition of magnesium alloys. Santos is a co-author on two other research papers, submitted to the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Water and Health, respectively.

Her campus activities include: a long-time member of Engineers Without Borders-A Section, and will be serving as president in 2011, previously serving as a project team leader for the Mexico Water project and team member for the Africa Water project; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, serving as chapter president; National Society of Black Engineers; Academic Council; Kettering Student Senate; Institute of Industrial Engineers; Kagle Mentoring program; Residence Hall Association; Yearbook staff; International Club, serving as treasurer; Student Ambassador; OMSI tutor; and Intramural Soccer.

Her awards, scholarships and honors societies include: Kettering Robots Society, recognizing outstanding leadership; Michigan’s Outstanding Student Service Heart and Soul Award 2009 and 2010; Kettering University Engineers Without Borders Founders Award; Alpha Phi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honor Society; Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society; nominated for Math Honor Society; Dean’s List, all terms attended. 

Victoria Hills, B-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Mazie Lee Hills and Samuel Hall, both of Flint, Mich. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering in a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree program, and her co-op employer is Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances in New Bern, North Carolina.

Hills worked for General Motors prior to her position with Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances where she is working on quality improvement of the BSH Vision Dryer Shield.

Hills is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, serving as Region IV Academic Excellence Chairperson, chapter president and treasurer; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Kettering Student Government; Black Unity Congress, Residential Student Life coordinator, Residential advisor. Additionally, Hills volunteers in the community for: Habitat for Humanity; Flint Schools FIRST Robotics team mentor; My Brother’s Keeper Men’s Shelter; Flint Children’s Museum; Kagle Mentoring program; and as a Lives Improve Through Engineering program mentor.

Hills’ awards, scholarships and professional societies include: Kettering Robots Society, recognizing outstanding leadership; Robots Society Silver Robot Key (2009) and Robots Society Gold Robot Key (2010), Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society; Alpha Phi Alpha award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to Excellence; Academically Interested Minorities Scholarship; FIRST Robotics Scholarship; and the Dean’s List.

Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is the country’s most modern professional co-op program, providing 2,200 students with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics, and business management. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering and manufacturing management.  Kettering University is ranked among the nation’s finest specialty schools by U.S. News and World Report. For further information, visit www.kettering.edu.

Contact: Dawn Hibbard
810.762.9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu