Woman of the Year 2011

By Website Administrator | Nov 15, 2011

The academic, professional and personal achievement of 16 Kettering undergraduate women were recognized at the 15th Annual Woman of the Year Awards dinner.

Sixteen female undergraduate students were honored at Kettering University’s 15th Annual Woman of the Year Recognition Banquet, a program of the Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women’s Resource Center at Kettering University. A Woman of the Year was chosen for both A and B Section, with four finalists and 10 honorable mentions. 
 
 
Nicole Eileen Findlay, of San Angleo, Texas, was chosen as A-Section Woman of the Year. She is a Mechanical Engineering major and her co-op employer is Biomet Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
 
Ashley Kristina Sims, of Southfield, Mich., was selected as B-Section Woman of the Year. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and her co-op employer is General Motors in Pontiac, Mich.
 
The Woman of the Year award at Kettering University recognizes senior female students who have made a difference during their college tenure. Academic achievement is only 20 percent of a rating system that includes service, dedication, mentoring, role modeling and leadership.
 
Nominees must be individuals recognized by students, faculty and staff as someone who “gets things done,” and is involved in service on campus, at their place of employment and in their home communities.
 
The four finalists for the award were:
• Keishawna M. Baker, an Electrical Engineering major from Bellville, Mich., she is employed by Consumer’s Energy in Jackson, Michigan;
• Melissa R. Partlo, a Mechanical Engineering major with a concentration in Bioengineering from Stanton, Mich., she is employed by General Motors in Pontiac, Mich.;
• Alanna M. Gippin, a dual Computer Engineering and Computer Science major from Akron, Ohio, she is employed by GE Healthcare in Wauwatosa, Wis.; and
• Jennifer E. Scully, a Chemical Engineering major from Chesterfield, Mich., she is employed by PPG Industries in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Receiving honorable mention were:
• Heather Allen, a Mechanical Engineering major from Burton, Mich., she is employed by TiAL Sport in Owosso, Mich.;
• Denise Gantt, a Mechanical Engineering major from Gary, Ind., she is employed by Biomet Orthopedics in Warsaw, Ind.;
• Kristi Grauf, an Electrical Engineering major from Saginaw, Mich., she is employed by DTE Energy in Detroit, Mich.;
• Deana Johnson, a Business major from Gary, Ind., she is employed by STEMCO, LP in Longview, Texas;
• Brittany Thomas, a Biochemistry major from Flint, Mich., she is employed by Becton Dickinson in Durham, N.C.;
• Dominque Brown, a Mechanical Engineering major from Ypsilanti, Mich., she is employed by Becton Dickinson Biosciences Division in Durham, N.C.;
• Amanda Coburn, an Industrial and Mechanical Engineering dual major from Merrill, Mich., she is employed by SMH Group in Berkley, Mich.;
• Stevie Cooper, an Electrical Engineering major from Middleville, Mich., she is employed by Holland Board of Public Works in Holland, Mich.;
• Victoria Moore, an Electrical Engineering major from Pontiac, Mich., she is employed by ITC Holdings, Corp. of Novi, Mich.; and
• Alexandra Petit, a Biochemistry major from Royal Oak, Mich., she is employed by United Solar Ovanic in Troy, Mich.
 
The A and B Section Women of the Year:
Nicole Eileen Findlay, A-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Mark and Dianne Findlay, of San Angelo, Texas. She is a Mechanical Engineering major and her co-op employer is Biomet Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
 
Findlay has also worked for BAE Systems and served as a Thompson Hall Resident Adviser during her tenure at Kettering.
 
Her campus activities include: Engineers Without Borders-A Section; Ketterinhg Student Ambassadors; Pre-Med Club, president; Society of Women Engineers; Alpha Phi sorority; realSERVICE; Kettering Residence Hall Association; Michigan Campus Compact Scholar; Kagle Leadership Initiatives tutor; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Flint Institute of Arts College Town Advisory Board; Formula Zero Racing Team; Soap Box Derby for St. Jude’s Panning Committee.
 
Her awards, scholarships and honors societies include: Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society; Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Honor Society; Michaigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award 2010; Michigan Campus Compact Award for Commitment to Service Award 2011; Kettering University LEADERs Fellow; Gamma Sigma Alpha, National Greek Academic Honor Society; Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society; Rho Lambda, National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society.
 
Ashley Kristin Sims, B-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Bob and Cathy Sims of Southfield, Mich. She is Mechanical Engineering major and her co-op employer is General Motors in Pontiac, Mich.
 
Sims also has worked for BorgWarner during her tenure at Kettering.
 
Sims’ campus activities include: Alpha Gamma Delta sorority; Study Abroad Program-Mexico Pilot Study; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Society of Women Engineers; FIRST and OCCRA Robotics; Formula SAE Team; Panhellenic Council. Her home community involvement includes: volunteer at the Soup Kitchen; Relay for Life; Eisenhower Christmas Party; Dia de los Ninos piñata Workshop; Senior Citizen’s Senior Prom; Personal Items Drive for the Women’s Shelter of Flint.
 
Her awards, scholarships and professional societies include: Strive for Pi – Alpha Gamma Delta; General Motors’ Women’s Scholarship; FIRST Robotics Scholarship.
 
Kettering University is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions for experiential learning and co-operative education.  Kettering is also a national leader in preparing entrepreneurs and innovators at the undergraduate, graduate and A and B Sections refer to which academic section students belong.
 
Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is ranked #1 for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and #2 for Mechanical Engineering in the country, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges edition.  Kettering is highly ranked both regionally and nationally in several current college guides, including Princeton Review’s Best Midwestern Colleges.
 
Kettering’s 1,900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students choose from 14 undergraduate and 9 master’s degrees, plus more than 50 minors, specialties, concentrations and courses of study.  Some of Kettering’s fastest growing academic majors are Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering and BioChemistry. The University remains one of the premier institutions in the world in preparing leaders for the automotive and manufacturing industries.
 
For further information, visit www.kettering.edu.
 
Contact: Dawn Hibbard
810.762.9865