Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

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Twelfth Annual College of Engineering Alumni Award Banquet

Left to Right Award Recipients: Dr. Philip L. Fioravante ( 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award and 2013 Claud R. Erickson Award )  Dr. Laura Genik, Eric Seger ( 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award ), Maura McDonald (2015 Distinguished Alumni Award) 

 Left to Right Award Recipients : Dr. Philip L. Fioravante ( 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award and 2013 Claud R. Erickson Award )
Dr. Laura J. Genik, Eric Seger ( 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award ), Maura McDonald (2015 Distinguished Alumni Award)


Dr. Laura Genik Director of Applied Engineering Sciences and Maura McDonald

Dr. Laura J. Genik, Director of Applied Engineering Sciences, and Maura McDonald, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award 


College of Engineering Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award


Philip L. Fioravante

Philip L. Fiorava
BS ’84, Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

Philip L. Fioravante, PhD, is currently president, North America – Commercial, Global Quality,Procurement, and Program Management, with the Woodbridge Group, a $1.4 billion privately held Canadian company with 63 global facilities in 19 countries with a focus on developing and manufacturing urethane foam products for a wide range of end markets including transportation, healthcare,consumer products, and construction/ building.

 Distinguished Alumni Award  


Recipients of the Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 2004, must have a distinguished career, evidenced by significant accomplishments; possess high standards of integrity that positively reflect on the prestige of the college and the university; be recognized for leadership in the community; and demonstrate support of the Applied Engineering Sciences program, the College of Engineering, and/or MSU


Holly D. Aikens

BS '93, Applied Engineering Sciences

Holly D. Aikens came to MSU as a student in the Fall of 1989 and in many ways - she has never left. While on campus, she lived in Bailey and South Wonders halls and became a member of the Applied Engineering Sciences Society and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, where she served as treasurer and helped manage household expenses of around $500,000 annually. She graduated with an Applied Engineering Sciences degree in 1993 and has been supporting and/or recruiting Spartan Engineers for jobs in industry ever since. First, she was a recruiter at Detroit Diesel (1994-1999) and since 2000, she has been a recruiter for Ford Motor Company Purchasing. She particularly focuses on AES students in the supply chain cognate.


Joseph Podulka

BS '94, Applied Engineering Sciences

Joseph Podulka has built a career around his broad finance and analytic experience from strategic, financial, and operational roles – in the United States and abroad. He has created global teams and functions from the ground up, consolidated operations and refocused failing businesses, acquired companies, and provided strategic insight to both large and small organizations.


David Foulke

BS '88, Applied Engineering Sciences

David Foulke is the Health, Environmental and Safety (HES) and Training manager for Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) in Findlay, Ohio. Marathon is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company.


Mitzi Montoya

BS '90, Applied Engineering Sciences

Mitzi M. Montoya became the Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University in August 2015. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership of the college, which is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship and serves more than 5,800 students, including 3,900 business majors and pre-majors, nearly 850 business and entrepreneurship minors, 250 graduate students, and more than 800 design students. 



Renee Collins

BS '81, Applied Engineering Sciences

Renee Collins began her career in 1981 with Johnson Controls, Inc. Since her start she has worked in the Saginaw MI, Cleveland OH, and Detroit MI locations. Renee has held many positions from sales, sales management and region general management within the Building Efficiency group. In her current role, she develops service strategies to achieve desired business outcomes for JCI customers.


 Anthony Messina 2016

Anthony Messina

BS '87, Engineering Arts/ Applied Engineering Sciences

Anthony A. Messina has held executive leadership positions in manufacturing, product engineering, sales, and mergers/ acquisitions, and has been responsible for profit and loss, top line growth, operational effectiveness, product development, and commercial management. He is currently vice president of Global Engineering for Borg Warner, a leading supplier of automotive powertrain technologies.


Maura McDonald

Maura Frances McDonald

BS ’87, Engineering Arts/Applied Engineering Sciences
Maura Frances McDonald is a supply chain professional with expertise in compliance, distribution, planning,customer service improvement, and purchasing.


Eric Seger  
Eric Seger CFP, MBA
BS ’94, Engineering Arts/Applied Engineering Sciences
Eric Seger is a principal at Integrated Capital Management. Prior to working in the financial and investment arenas, Eric worked his way up in the engineering field. He started a technical support engineer, was quickly promoted to sales engineer, and ultimately ascended to the role of program manager.


Randy Shacka  
Randy Shacka

BS ’04, Applied Engineering Sciences  

Randy Shacka is president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK INTERNATIONAL, Inc., a franchised moving company based in Lansing, Michigan, which generated more than $260 million in 2012.


Michael W. Lamach, Sr.

Michael W. Lamach, Sr.  
BS ’85,  Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

Michael W. Lamach is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand, a $14 billion global diversified industrial company that advances the quality of life in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable, and efficient environments.


Daniel McNulty


Daniel McNulty

BS ‘82,  Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

Daniel McNulty is president of Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, a division of CW Financial Services (CW). A subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, CW is a commercial real estate finance and investment management company focused on multifamily and healthcare lending, primary servicing, special servicing, investment management, and research and consulting services.


Ms. Donnie D. Haye

Donnie D. Haye

BS ’81,  Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences
Ms. Donnie D. Haye began her career with IBM as a product manager in Princeton, New Jersey. She held various marketing research positions before becoming a financial analyst for the high end server and storage businesses of IBM’s Asia Pacific Group,headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


Les L. Leone



Les L. Leone

 BA ‘68, Political Science, Public Administration

A ‘70, College Student Personnel Administration

PhD ‘74, Higher Education
Les L. Leone held almost every student service position in the College of Engineering over a 37-year span, bringing innovation and excellence to each.Les assisted more than 10,000 Spartan Engineers in the pursuit of their degrees and careers, mentored many staff members, and became known as a “walking encyclopedia of engineering academic history and university policies.”


Monte Falcoff



Monte L. Falcoff

BS ’86,Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

Monte Falcoff’s illustrious career in engineering and law, along with his leadership and service to the College of Engineering, are the basis for his selection for the AES Distinguished Alumni Award. A principal and registered patent attorney at Harness Dickey and Pierce, PLC in Troy, Michigan.


Steven J. Trecha


Steven J. Trecha
BS ’80, Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences
Steven J. Trecha is president and CEO of Integrated Strategies, Inc., a strategic sourcing, supply chain, and logistics consulting firm. Co-founded by Steve in 1990, the firm is the only operations consultancy that holds the state of  Michigan’s Quality Leadership Award.


Daniel Brouse


Daniel Brouse

BS ’84, Engineering Arts/Applied Engineering Science.
Daniel Brouse grew up in Haslett, Michigan, and graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1984 with a BS in engineering arts/applied engineering sciences. He earned his way through school as an orthopedic technician at Lansing General Hospital and received academic merit scholarships to assist with tuition.


Jane Sydlowski


Jane E. Sydlowski

BS ’86, Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

Jane Sydlowski has more than eighteen years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. She began as an engineer in the trunk engineering switched access department at Ameritech (formerly Michigan Bell)  in Southfield, Michigan.


Philip L. Fioravante

Philip L. Fioravante

BS ’84, Engineering Arts / Applied Engineering Sciences

 Philip L. Fioravante, PhD, is currently president, North America – Commercial, Global Quality, Procurement, and Program Management, with the Woodbridge Group, a $1.4 billion privately held Canadian company with 63 global facilities in 19 countries with a focus on developing and manufacturing urethane foam products for a wide range of end markets including transportation, healthcare, consumer products, and construction/ building.