Alumnus Roy Link Wins Leadership Award from ESD

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September 21, 2010

Alumnus Roy H. Link (BS mechanical engineering ‘67; MBA ‘68) was recently recognized by the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and Harley Ellis Devereaux, an architecture and engineering firm, for his legacy of outstanding leadership. He was awarded the prestigious ESD Harold Slaight Ellington Leadership Award.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished award, which signifies the brilliance and accomplishments of Harold Slaight Ellington, a true innovator and contributor to Detroit,” says Link, president and CEO of Link Engineering Company, a family-owned multinational organization that designs and manufactures precision test equipment and provides comprehensive testing services. It is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich.

After Link received his mechanical engineering degree and his MBA, he worked for Burroughs for three years as a senior systems analyst before joining the family business, which was established in 1935 by Roy Link’s father, Herbert. Over the years, Roy has been deeply involved in the promotion of engineering and technology in many capacities. He is past president of ESD and current chairman of the Rackham Foundation, which provides essential support and financing for the society.

“This award is especially important to me because it signifies the emergence of the Engineering Society of Detroit, an organization I am dedicated to support,” Link says. “It also signifies the benefits that can be derived from years of hard work.”

The ESD Harold Slaight Ellington Leadership Award honors the memory and dedication of Harold Slaight Ellington, PE, president of Harley Ellis Devereaux for thirty years and past two-term president of ESD. Through Ellington’s leadership, grants were secured to build the Rackham Memorial Building and ultimately to establish the Rackham Engineering Foundation. Ellington was dedicated to the encouragement and development of young engineers. To that end, the award bearing his name includes a $500 contribution, on behalf of the recipient, to the college of engineering of his or her choice. Link has selected MSU’s College of Engineering to receive this contribution.

“I provided MSU with this financial stipend to help promote the outstanding work of Dean Satish Udpa and his team at the engineering school,” says Link. “We need more quality engineers to lead us into a challenging new way of life in the United States.”

“Roy’s company is at the forefront in providing some of the most innovative solutions to technical problems in the automotive industry,” says Satish Udpa, dean of Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. “By selecting the College of Engineering to receive this contribution, Roy will help the college continue its tradition of training the next generation of creative engineers.”

ESD, founded in 1895, is a multidisciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific, and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders—“serving this generation of engineers and fostering the next.”

Harley Ellis Devereaux is an architecture and engineering firm based in Southfield, Michigan, with offices also in Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside, California. It was founded in 1908.

Photo caption: Roy Link received the Harold Slaight Ellington Leadership Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Harley Ellis Devereau firm. From left to right: Michael F. Cooper, principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux and ESD board member; Roy Link, president and CEO of Link Engineering Company; and Satish Udpa, dean of Michigan State University’s College of Engineering.