Keith J. Allman
Class of 1985
Kettering University
BS, Mechanical Engineering
  John Baker
Class of 2000
University of Waterloo
BASc, Systems Design Engineering
  Mary T. Barra
Class of 1985
Kettering University
BS, Electrical Engineering
  Becky Brubaker
Class of 1993
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS, Newspaper Operations Management
 

Croswell Chambers
Class of 1988
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS, Computer Science

 

Susanne Chasanoff Deegan
Class of 1993
Johnson & Wales University
BS,Advertising/ Communications

 
                         
 

Nominated by
Dr. Robert McMahan Jr.
President of Kettering University

Keith J. Allman ’85 is Masco Group Vice President and President of Delta Faucet Company. Mr. Allman joined Masco Corporation in 1998 as vice president of manufacturing at cabinet maker Merillat Industries. After serving in various operation and sales roles, he was promoted in 2004 to executive vice president of operations for Masco’s Builder Cabinet Group. Mr. Allman was appointed president of Delta Faucet Company in 2007. In 2010, he was promoted to Masco group vice president. Mr. Allman earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA degree from the University of Michigan.

 

Nominated by
Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur
President & Vice Chancellor of University of Waterloo

John Baker was still a student at Waterloo when he founded Desire2Learn, which provides an online teaching and learning environment to organizations around the world, including the University of Waterloo. In 2000, Desire2Learn hired two co-op students and since then has offered over 200 work terms through Waterloo’s co-op program. The company now has 300 employees and six million users worldwide.

Besides his support of co-operative education, John is an active proponent of student entrepreneurship, contributing both financially and through volunteerism to VeloCity, Waterloo’s innovation incubator. He also serves on the university’s Alumni Council.

 

Nominated by
Dr. Robert McMahan Jr.
President of Kettering University

Mary T. Barra ’85 is senior vice president, Global Product Development for General Motors Company. She is responsible for design, engineering, program management and quality for GM’s vehicles around the world. She has also served as vice president of Global Human Resources and Global Manufacturing Engineering. Additionally, she has previously held the position as Plant Manager of Detroit Hamtramck Assembly along with various other staff positions. Ms. Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a GMI co-op student working at Pontiac Motor Division. Ms. Barra earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

 

Nominated by
Dr. William W. Destler
President of Rochester Institute of Technology

Ms. Brubaker is vice president of operations at Chicago Tribune, overseeing production operations. Tribune Company, headquartered in Chicago, IL, owns major daily newspapers including the Chicago Tribune. Ms. Brubaker began her career with the Tribune Company in 1993 and held positions with various newspaper companies. While she attended RIT, Ms. Brubaker was a member of Alpha Sigma Lamda and Gamma Epsilon Tau. In April 2008, she spoke at the 3rd Annual Women’s Career Achievement Dinner at RIT, and was an Admissions volunteer in July 2008. She received an MBA at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg’s Executive Master’s program. Ms. Brubaker and her husband Todd have young twin sons, and they make their home in Glenview, IL.
 

Nominated by
Dr. William W. Destler
President of Rochester Institute of Technology

Mr. Chambers recently retired from Lexmark International, where he had worked since 1991. He most recently held the title of director of client management services, and previously held positions including vice president and chief information officer. Prior to Lexmark, he worked for IBM from 1988-1991.

In April 2010, Mr. Chambers received the Distinguished Alumni Award and was the featured speaker at the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences’ Dean’s Lecture Series, giving a speech entitled “Making a Successful Transition from Academia to Workplace.” His publishing credits include CIO Today, Internet World, TechRepublic and ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). He is a current board member of Hospice of the Bluegrass. He is also a deacon, teacher, and marriage enrichment mentor at Consolidated Baptist Church.

In addition to his RIT degree, Mr. Chambers holds an MBA from Xavier University. His wife, Mara, is an oncologist in Lexington, KY. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers have two children and reside in Nicholasville, KY.

 

Nominated by
Dr. John Bowen
President of Johnson & Wales University

As managing director at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm with offices and affiliate partners in 81 countries, Susanne develops and executes strategic communications programs to help clients protect their brand reputation in the face of high-profile crises. With over 15 years experience in government and public affairs, Susanne has worked with companies and trade associations in the aerospace, consumer products, energy, hospitality, higher education, steel and transportation industries. “My JWU internships at the Providence mayor’s office and then the State House put me ahead of the competition and allowed me to land a job out of college with the NYC mayor’s office under Giuliani.”