David Granville
Class of 1995
Simon Fraser University
BSc Molecular Biology
  Byron M. Green
Class of 1986
Kettering University
Electrical Engineering
  Rick Grundy
Class of 2003
Wentworth Institute of Technology
BS Computer Science
  Jacqueline Kelly
Class of 1993
Johnson & Wales University
BS Food Service Management
  Jeff Lee Wee Leong
Class of 1979
University of Malaya
BS Biochemistry & Biology
  John McKenney
Class of 1990
Georgia Institute of Technology
BS Industrial Engineering
 
                         
  Nominated by
Mr. Andrew Petter,
President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Granville is an Associate Professor and a Director of the GEM Facility and CIHR IMPACT Training Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of viDA Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Granville completed his BSc/Co-op degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and then joined QLT Inc., where his research supported the development of an FDA approved treatment for macular degeneration. He completed his PhD at UBC and post-doctorate at The Scripps Research Institute where his discoveries led to the formation of Radical Therapeutix, Inc. Dr. Granville has received numerous awards including a Canada Research Chair, Michael Smith Foundation Scholar, Canada Top 40 Under 40, BIV Top Forty Under 40, and Outstanding Alumnus Awards (SFU and UBC).

 

  Nominated by
Dr. Robert K. McMahan, President
Kettering University

Byron M. Green is the group vice president for Manufacturing Engineering for Chrysler Group LLC. He previously served as vice president of Truck and Activity Vehicle Assembly Operations from 2003 to 2009, vice president of Engine/Foundry Manufacturing Operations and as plant manager at a number of Chrysler facilities since 1999. Byron has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Detroit Mercy. He was named Black Engineer of the Year in 2004 and again in 2007. Byron is currently involved with Kettering as the key executive representing Chrysler.

 

  Nominated by
Dr. Zorica Pantic, President
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Rick Grundy was still a student at Wentworth when he started working as a co-op for Rhode Island technology company AVTECH. Fast forward more than a decade, and Grundy is AVTECH’s vice president and director of engineering. Grundy remembers the work he did as a co-op as the catalyst for the company’s current line of network-enabled IT facilities monitoring products, and notes that AVTECH has hired fifteen more former co-ops since that time. Today, AVTECH’s belief in co-ops remains as strong as ever as they continue to give students real, meaningful tasks that propel the company’s growth.

 

  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen
Johnson & Wales University

Jacqueline Kelly ‘93 is executive chef at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill in Boston. MA. Her culinary talents have been on display at Bravo restaurant in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Jacqueline has appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” show and catered the Ryder Cup, Wachovia Golf Championships and the U.S. Open.

“Everyone has the same degree in culinary. It’s the hard work, dedication and commitment that will set you apart from others”.

 

  Nominated by
Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon,
Vice Chancellor
University of Malaya

Jeff Lee Wee Leong became the first Malaysian Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in April 2010. Jeff first joined Panasonic in 1983 as a marketing executive in the Special Product department and subsequently held various positions in the company. While he was a student at University of Malaya (UM), Jeff did an internship in a laboratory at a brewery company. Cognizant of the merits of industry exposure for undergraduates, Mr Lee has been instrumental in providing UM students with on-the-job training through Panasonic’s Cradle to Career programme. In recognition of Panasonic’s contribution to the development of UM students, Panasonic Malaysia was the recipient of the UM’s Industry-Collaborator Award 2011.

 

  Nominated by
Dr. Patrick R. Antony,
Executive Director -
Division of Professional Practice
Georgia Institute of Technology

John McKenney (BS, Industrial Engineering, 1990) is President and CEO of McKenney’s, Inc., an Atlanta-based mechanical contractor. McKenney was a co-op at McKenney’s while in college, and after graduation worked as a sales engineer for the Trane Company in Charlotte, NC. He returned to McKenney’s in 1997, and held the positions of Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, and Vice President of Atlanta Construction, prior to being appointed to his current position. McKenney is a Georgia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumnus; a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust for Plumbers and Pipefitters; member of the Atlanta Rotary Club; and Past President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Georgia.