Kettering University will recognize distinguished alumni and donors

Kettering University will honor its generous donors and accomplished alumni who are innovators and leaders in global business and industry at its annual event, An evening of distinction and determinationat 6:30 p.m. on October 20.

The event, which takes place at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, includes a cocktail reception, dinner and programme. Harris Ng (’96, ME/EE) will host the event. Ng is a senior partner and shareholder of Kearney, a global management consulting firm.

The University will recognize the following graduates:

Distinguished Graduate Awards

Dan Hancock ’73: Hancock consults with the light, medium and heavy vehicle industries, primarily on propulsion and alliances. He retired from General Motors in 2011 after 43 years of service in powertrain engineering and general management. His last position at GM was Vice President, Global Strategic Product Alliances. In this role, he developed propulsion-related collaborations with other major companies and served as chairman of the DMAX and VM Motori diesel engine joint ventures with Isuzu and Fiat, respectively. Hancock’s other roles included GM Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering; Chairman and CEO of Fiat-GM Powertrain, a multinational joint venture based in Turin, Italy, which supplies engines and transmissions to all Fiat and GM passenger vehicle brands in Europe and South America; and President of the Allison Transmission Division.

Hancock chairs the boards of directors of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. and SuperTurbo Technologies Inc., and is chairman and a member of the CEO advisory boards of AISIN Group and HUSCO International, respectively. He is also a director on the board of directors of Cryoport Inc., a global leader in temperature-controlled supply chain solutions for the life sciences industry. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International for 48 years and is an SAE Fellow. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2011 and has won several SAE awards. He was awarded the Grand Gold Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria and the Indiana State Wabash Sagamore.

Hancock earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering and Management Institute, now known as Kettering University, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Extraordinary Leadership Award

Judith Judson ’95: Judson leads corporate strategy for National Grid’s US utility companies, which serve 20 million people with electricity and gas in New York and New England. In this role, she sets the vision, drives strategy and facilitates key business decisions, including multi-billion dollar investments and mergers and acquisitions. She led the development of National Grid’s Clean Energy Vision for a Fossil-Free Future, announced in April 2022, to completely eliminate fossil fuels from National Grid’s gas and electricity systems by 2050. Continuing to lead U.S. corporate strategy, Judson was appointed in May 2022 to lead a new business line for National Grid Ventures that will oversee green hydrogen business development. Judith also sits on the boards of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and Transgas, the largest gas transmission company in the Northeast.

Prior to joining National Grid, Judson held senior government positions in Massachusetts as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and Chairman of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission. In these roles, she led the development of industry-leading energy policies and utility programs for solar, storage, offshore wind, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

Judson received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Engineering Excellence Award

Elizabeth (Betsy) Murty Dell ’89: Dell is a professor of mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. She is also Director of the RIT AdvanceRIT Office, Senior Provost Faculty Associate, and Co-Chair of the RIT President’s Commission on Women. In these roles, she leads efforts that support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of a diverse faculty and cultivates an equitable, vibrant, and inclusive culture for all at RIT. The RIT has honored her work with several awards and the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded her the 2021 NIH Award for Improving Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science Faculties.

Dell has also received various diversity awards from the RIT and the Women in Engineering Pro-Advocates Network, which named the Women in Technology program, which she led, the Women in Engineering program of the year in 2012. Dell is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Earlier in her career, she worked as a materials engineer and product design engineer at General Motors and Toyota.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering and Management Institute, now known as Kettering University, and a master’s degree in macromolecular science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Dr. Cleamon Moorer Jr. ’99: Moorer is co-founder and president of Partners in Wellness Management LLC.; President and CEO of American Advantage Home Care (AAHC) Inc.; host of the Home Health Care Today Show podcast; and Founding Executive Director of Eye Care for Detroit Inc. AAHC is a Medicaid and Medicare service center—a Joint Commission certified and accredited agency—that provides skilled home care daily to hundreds of patients in the South- east of Michigan. Previously, Moorer was dean of a business school at Madonna University and Baker College and a professor at several universities, including Kettering University.

He has been recognized locally and nationally for his outstanding leadership and contributions. In 2011, the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association (KGMIAA) first recognized Moorer for Civic Excellence, and the Benedictine University Alumni Association named him a Rising Star in 2014. Black Enterprise Magazine l named a Modern Man of Distinction in 2017, and the magazine’s editorial board gave him the title of Mr. Higher Learning. In 2022, CORP! Magazine named him a most valuable professional as an entrepreneur. Moorer serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County; CVF credit union; Habitat for Humanity – Detroit; and the Michigan Home Care and Hospice Association.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Kettering University, a double master’s degree from Benedictine University, a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Argosy University and a Certificate in Business Excellence for Healthcare Professionals from Cornell. He is also pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing at Henry Ford College toward obtaining a Registered Nurse license.

Civic Excellence Award

Wilson ’05 Fuel: Wilson is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Communities First Inc., where she oversees strategic operations for the thriving nonprofit. The organization focuses on three key areas: equitable real estate development, economic mobility and community engagement. Wilson’s responsibilities include generating resources, improving organizational effectiveness, solving strategic issues, planning for expansion, and organizing community engagement efforts.
She serves on the Neighborhood Small Grants Program Committee and the Women and Girls Fund Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Additionally, Wilson is Chair of the Flint/Genesee Continuum of Care, Board Member and Chair of the Board Development Committee of the Flint Institute of Music, and Vice President of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM ). She is also a member of The Links Inc. and The Pierians Inc. Additionally, Wilson has received a variety of awards for her work. The Flint & Genesee Chamber recently added it to its 40 under 40 list.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University.

The Alumni Service Award

Louanne Allison ’82: After a 30-year career with General Motors in various sales, service, marketing and planning positions at GMC Truck, GM Truck Group and Competitor Intelligence, Allison became an Independent Health Insurance Broker at Molina Healthcare. She primarily focuses on people who are retiring and transitioning to Medicare.

She is proud to have served Kettering University in multiple volunteer roles. She has served on the Alumni Council for the past seven years in a variety of capacities, including Vice President, Treasurer, Chair of Alumni Engagement and Events, and Member of the Executive Committee.

Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from GMI, now known as Kettering University, a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in strategic management from Indiana University. At American College, she also studied to become a Certified Financial Services Professional.

The Young Graduates Award

Elizabeth Taylor ’14: Taylor is the Director of STEM at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where she leads institutional strategy for K-12 STEM programming and outreach and oversees operations of the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE. She advocates aligning programming efforts with the needs of the Milwaukee community and ensures that program options are available to students from all backgrounds.
Taylor supports several community initiatives in Wisconsin and is president of the Wisconsin Climbers Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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