2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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May 15, 2015

Eight distinguished alumni honored for bringing pride to MSU

The 12th Annual Michigan State University College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet honored a teacher who inspires her junior high students to explore science and engineering, and a group of eight distinguished alumni whose accomplishments have brought pride to Michigan State University and the College of Engineering.

The alumni were honored at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on May 9. 

Dean Leo Kempel presents the 2015 Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award to Alton Granger.Receiving the Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award was Alton L. Granger of Dimondale, Mich., co-owner and chairman of the Granger Construction Company of Lansing.

His many awards and distinctions include the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award (2004) and MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award (2006).

The Erickson Award is the highest honor conferred by the College of Engineering. First awarded to its namesake, Claud R. Erikson in 1982, the award is given to a graduate with at least 15 years’ professional experience who has attained the highest level of professional accomplishment; provided distinguished and meritorious service to the college and the engineering profession; and has engaged in voluntary service at the local, state, national and/or international level.


Seven other alumni received departmental honors:

Dean Leo Kempel congratulates the 2015 College of Engineering Alumni Award recipients. They are (back) Steven Noll, Dean Kempel, Alton Granger, Dennis McLaughlin, Craig Rogerson and (front) Maura McDonald, Elaine Scott, Louise Hemond-Wilson, Janelle Orange, and Penny Wirsing.• Maura Frances McDonald of Midland, Mich., an export compliance specialist for Dow Corning Corp. in Midland, received the Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Elaine P. Scott of Seattle, Wash., dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell, received the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Craig A. Rogerson of Philadelphia, Pa., president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Chemtura Corp., received the Red Cedar Circle Award in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

• Penny Wirsing of Redondo Beach, Calif., environmental manager for ExxonMobil Corporation’s Torrance Refinery in Southern California, received the Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Louise Hemond-Wilson of Owosso, Mich., IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Systems Lab Services group, received the Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Steven H. Noll of Chicago, partner in the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, received the John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award.
• Dennis C. McLaughlin of Forney, Texas, who retired as senior vice president of development at Kosmos Energy in Dallas, received the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Green Apple Teaching Award was presented to Janelle M. Orange of East Lansing, a seventh grade science teacher at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing. This award was established in 2006 to honor K-12 teachers who are inspiring students to study math, science, and engineering. The award is selected from nominations submitted by members of the College of Engineering. Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment and K-12 outreach, submitted her nomination. Orange has served since 2013 as a research assistant in MSU’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program.This year's Green Apple Teaching Award goes to Janelle Orange, a seventh grade science teacher at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing and an active participant in MSU's Research Experiences for Teachers.