Engineering Alums Recipients of MSUAA Grand Awards

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October 15, 2010

Two alumni from the College of Engineering received awards at the MSU Alumni Association Grand Awards Ceremony held Thursday evening, October 14, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

George “Lee” Rock (BS Elec Engr ’49) received an Alumni Service Award, which is presented to MSU alumni who have demonstrated continuing, outstanding volunteer service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national, or international level.

Monica Braman (BS Engineering Arts ’03) received a Distinguished Young Alumni Award, which is given annually to candidates who have distinguished themselves by obtaining a high level of professional accomplishment and who possess high standards of integrity and character.

After graduation, Rock first worked as an electrical engineer in Milwaukee, and then joined Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich.; for the next 36 years, he worked as both an engineer and as a business executive in research, patent, and business development. After retirement in 1990, he worked as a venture capitalist partnering with MSU to identify and develop patents related to technology.

Rock has served as the president of the Midland chapter of the Instruments Society of America and later as the society’s national treasurer. He has had many leadership roles with the Rotary Club and was president of the Service Corps of Retired Executives for three years. He is co-founder of the Cadillac Area Conservancy and has been inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society. Rock and his wife, Vickie, support the MSU Electrical Engineering Design Day Humanitarian Project, which provides solar-powered computers and other equipment to schools in Tanzania.

Braman is a systems and test engineer for proprietary programs at The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Mo. She currently is working on a special high security project in Las Vegas, Nev. Braman previously worked as an avionics engineer with a focus in electronic warfare, achieving “Top Secret Security Clearance” in 2008. She has won many company honors and awards.

As part of the MSU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Initiative, Braman accepted a leadership position with the Greater St. Louis Alumni Club, and then became president. Under her leadership, the club was reorganized and its membership tripled. The club also launched an endowed scholarship in conjunction with MSU’s “Spartan Scholarship Challenge.” The club has hosted countless events and supported a growing number of alumni in the Greater St. Louis area with career and social development programs. Braman has also served on the Alumni Advisory Board of MSU’s Applied Engineering Sciences program.

In addition to working full time and being an active volunteer, Braman has completed a master of engineering management degree at Washington University and earned an MBA from Webster University, both in the St. Louis area.

For more about the MSUAA Grand Awards Ceremony or to view a complete list of 2010 award recipients, click here.