Chrysler Group Recognized as a Top Supporter of Black Engineering Schools for Third Consecutive Year: Chrysler Group LLC has been named a top supporter of engineering programs at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities for the third consecutive year, according to U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. In making its final selection, the magazine considered input from the deans of the nation’s 14 accredited HBCUs and from members of the corporate-academic alliance, Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering. Each year, the magazine selects ten corporate and ten government or non-profit organizations that provide the most support to HBCUs. The “Top Supporter” list has been in existence for 10 years. Chrysler Group also remains committed to developing and nurturing its diverse technical leaders in the STEM disciplines. In February, the magazine awarded its 2012 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Visionary Award to Chrysler Group’s Larry Williams, director of interior engineering. The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. Williams was the latest in a long list of BEYA-winning engineers at Chrysler Group. In October 2012, the magazine recognized Chrysler Group’s Olabisi Boyle, director of engineering planning, with the 2012 Women of Color Leadership Award, recognizing her extraordinary accomplishments in leading and managing in the STEM disciplines. Boyle was previously recognized as a Women of Color “Technology Rising Star” and is a past recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award.
Wayne State College of Engineering Names Global Experience Scholarship Program Recipients: Wayne State University’s College of Engineering announced this year’s Global Experience Scholarship Program recipients. Alba Asllanaj, Jian Deng, Dominique Foh, Michael Lerner, Michael Marku, Theodore Pavlosky, Amita Rathi, Ken Thomas, Alycen Wiacek and Christina Wong will spend six to eight weeks at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology. Maha Fakherddine, Alex Gagliardi, Jaspar Marek, Ao Yang Yu and Amelia Zelenak will gain a global perspective at Zhejiang University. The college, in collaboration with Wayne State’s Office for International Programs, announced in February the creation of the scholarship program that would provide engineering and computer science undergraduates an opportunity to gain research and industry experience abroad. The program is just one way the college is providing students with a global perspective, one of the five established pillars to a Wayne State engineering and computer science education. The college has partnered with a number of other Chinese universities including Hubei University of Automotive Technology, Soochow University and South China University of Technology. According to Fotouhi, future cohorts of recipients may travel to these and other institutions. In fact, Fotouhi sees this as just the beginning of a much larger initiative.