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Gifts and Accolades
Laser pioneer Marshall Jones (BSE ME ‘65) joins the Inventors Hall of Fame
Marshall Jones was inducted May 4th, 2017, into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington DC for his pioneering work with industrial lasers.
There are only 547 members of the Hall -- only about 100 of whom are still living -- out of an estimated 2 million engineers working in America today.
Since 1974, Jones has worked for GE Global Research, where he currently serves as principal engineer in Manufacturing & Materials Technologies.
Karl Hedrick (BSE ME ‘66) - 2016 Alumni Merit Award
Hedrick is the James Marshall Wells Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Berkeley. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Automatic Control Theory and his research focuses on the application of advanced control theory to a wide variety of vehicle dynamic systems including automotive, aircraft and ocean vehicles.
Throughout his career he has been awarded a number of honors including, ASME, Dynamic Systems and Control Division's Outstanding Investigator Award, DSM&C Journal's Best Paper Award and ASME's 2006 Rufus Oldenburger Medal which recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control.
Previous Alumni Merit Award recipients
2015: Paul Nuyen (BSE ME ‘80)
2014: Carla Bailo (MS ME ‘86)
Ken Snodgrass (BSME ‘69, MSE ‘71) - 2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
ME Alum Ken Snodgrass (BSME ‘69 and MSE ‘71) Receives 2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Ken Snodgrass is a mechanical engineer, automotive professional, and co-founder of the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) in Detroit. After graduating from the University of Michigan College of Engineering (BSME ‘69 and MSE ‘71), Ken accepted a position in Light Truck Engineering at Ford Motor Company where he would work for 30 years in a wide variety of management positions in product development including international assignments and joint programs with various Asian and European auto manufacturers.
Tanase Scholarship Fund
Theodore T. Tanase (BSE ME ‘63) and Priscilla B. Tanase of Seattle, Washington, with a $100,000 gift, have endowed the Theodore and Priscilla Tanase Scholarship Fund to provide need-based support to full-time undergraduates at the College of Engineering. They desire that first preference be given to students from the State of Hawaii, followed by the State of Washington. Ted is the founder of Ensocare, which provides web-based care coordination solutions to help manage patient care transitions, reduce length of stay and reduce readmissions. Priscilla enjoyed an early career in the fitness industry, and more recently as a family therapist.
Sheri Sheppard (PhD ‘85) - 2014 U.S. Professor of the Year
Sheppard is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
In her role at Stanford, Sheppard teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate mechanics courses, courses on teaching and workshops on professional development. She also advises new lecturers and tenure-line faculty on their course design, serving as a faculty sponsor on several of those courses.
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