Site Map | Faculty Intranet | Staff Intranet | Student Intranet |


You are here

Alumni highlights

U-M ME Alum Karl Hedrick (BSE ME '66) Honored with 2016 Alumni Merit Award

Mechanical Engineering alumnus Karl Hedrick has been selected to receive the 2016 U-M ME Alumni Merit Award. Hedrick (BSE ME '66) is the James Marshall Wells Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California-Berkeley. He is a world-renowned scholar in the field of automatic control systems, where his research has made tremendous impact on the application of advanced theory to a wide variety of vehicle dynamic systems including automotive, aircraft and ocean vehicles.

Throughout his career he has been awarded numerous honors including the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division's Outstanding Investigator Award, ASME Nyquist Lecture Award and ASME's Rufus Oldenburger Medal, which recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.


U-M ME alum Paul Nuyen (BSE ME ‘80) honored with 2015 ME Alumni Merit Award

Mechanical Engineering alum Paul Nuyen has been selected to receive the 2015 Michigan Engineering Alumni Merit Award. Nuyen (BSE ME '80) began his 35 year career with Boeing as an engineer in the fabrication division and has spent decades building and later leading the development of the company's 7-series jetliners (including the 747, 757, 767 and 777). This past June, Nuyen retired from his position as Vice President of Everett Operations for Boeing.


U-M ME alumnus Theodore T. Tanase (BSE ME ‘63) and wife endow undergraduate need-based scholarship

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.


U-M ME alumna Sheri Sheppard (PhD ‘85) named U.S. Professor of the Year

U-M ME’s own Sheri Sheppard (PhD ’85) was named U.S. Professor of the Year for research and doctoral institutions this past November. 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.


U-M ME alumna Carla Bailo (MS ME ‘86) honored with 2014 ME Alumni Merit Award

Mechanical Engineering alumna Carla Bailo has been selected to receive the 2014 Michigan Engineering Alumni Merit Award. Bailo (MS ME ‘86) was the first woman and the first non-Japanese executive to hold the post of senior vice president, research & development, in the Nissan Americas division. While in the role, she was responsible for all of Nissan's vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico, and Brazil. Bailo was also a member of Nissan's MCA, the company's highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.

Currently, Bailo serves as president and CEO of ECOS Consulting LLC, which specializes in engineering, cost efficiency and organization optimization services. She is a passionate champion for the promotion of science and technology careers and through her work with the Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation, she is influencing more women to enter these careers.


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.


Other recent alumni stories:

Do you have an alumni news item for publication on our website or in our Annual Report? Send your news items to

Support ME

Alumni generosity is vital to Department of Mechanical Engineering's success and excellence. Donations to ME help support undergraduate and graduate financial aid, building and renovation projects, and the ME Endowment Fund. You may now contribute through our online giving form.