Hamish Macdonald   Thamsanqa Caleb Maqubela   Thomas Miller   Wit Nithisakdadet   David O’Malley   Andrew Pennoni, PE  
                         
  Class of 2002
Charles Sturt University
Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Journalism)
  Class of 1994-1996
Vaal University of Technology
National Diploma: Marketing
  Class of 1997
The University of Toledo
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
  Class of 2001
Suranaree University of Technology
Bachelor of Engineering, Polymer Engineering
  Class of 1997
Drexel University
BS, Economics and Finance
  Class of 1991
Drexel University
BS, Architectural and Civil Engineering
 
                         
  Nominated by
Andrew Vann, Vice Chancellor and President
Charles Sturt University
  Nominated by
Mrs Annie Moletsane and
Professor Irene Moutlana
Vaal University of Technology
  Nominated by
Dr. Nagi Naganathan, Interim President
The University of Toledo
  Nominated by
Professor Dr. Prasart Suebka (the Rector)
Suranaree University of Technology
  Nominated by
President John Fry
Drexel University
  Nominated by
President John Fry
Drexel University
 
                         
  Hamish’s esteemed career included periods as a journalist with Channel 4 and ITV in the UK and CNN in the US. In 2006, Hamish commenced work with Al Jazeera as a News Presenter in the KL bureau. He was awarded Young Journalist of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards in London in 2008. In 2010 he joined Network Ten in Australia as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and in 2012 received a Walkley Human Rights Television Award (Australia’s highest journalistic award). He is currently Senior International Correspondent with the ABC Television Network in the US.

 

  Thamsanqa Caleb Maqubela graduated cum laude in 1996 (National Diploma Marketing), spent 6 months in Australia’s CSU (1995) as the first exchange student from VUT. He did his MBA at KDI School in South Korea, Seoul (2002).

He is an author (2013), award winning entrepreneur (2011), organisational turn-around specialist, the CEO of SAGDA (www.sagda.org.za) and former-employee of VUT (1996-2003). Mail & Guardian rated Maqubela in the top 100 SA leaders in 2005 and 2006.

Through early exposure to WIL, Mr. Maqubela progressed from selling lollipops to running a R100 million budget organization in 18 years - benefiting over 3000 graduates.
  As a Product Development Engineer with Ford Motor Company’s Research & Advanced Engineering, Tom is responsible for the invention of new enabling technologies, electrical features and systems for use in global vehicle applications. Most recently, he was awarded the Henry Ford Technology Award for his efforts with Ford’s “My Key,” smart key technology.

As an undergraduate student, Tom participated in the co-op program at General Electric and was a member of the company’s Edison Engineering Leadership program.

He frequently visits the University of Toledo campus to share his experiences with students and discuss trends within the automotive industry.
  Mr. Wit Nithisakdadet graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Polymer Engineering from Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in 2001. During his study at SUT, he undertook his cooperative education at the Production Department at Thai Toy Co., Ltd. That coop experience enabled him to realize what academic knowledge and skills he had to improve for his career development. Currently, he is the Business Development Manager of SABIC Asia Pacific PTE., Ltd. (Thailand Representative Office). His responsibilities are business development, sales planning and operation including marketing analysis to supply plastic resins to meet the demand of the plastic industry in Thailand.

 

  Mr. O’Malley serves as chief operating officer of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, which has been serving customers for 167 years. He has overall responsibility for the company’s operating areas, ensuring a seamless experience for producers and clients. Mr. O’Malley first joined Penn Mutual as a co-op student in 1994 and was assigned to the Investment Department. This enabled him to develop an extensive knowledge in the investment field and paved the way for positions of increasing responsibility including vice president and head of fixed income, chief risk officer, and chief financial officer. He was named COO in 2013.

 

  Mr. Pennoni, regional vice president and principal-in-charge of the Construction Services discipline at Pennoni Associates, credits his co-op experience with confirming his career choice, providing valuable experience and knowledge, giving him a head start on the competition, and providing hands-on responsibility in his field. Through co-op, he learned real-life career lessons by interacting in the workplace with successful, well-respected people and observing the habits and characteristics of industry leaders. Mr. Pennoni held co-op positions at Pennoni Associates, the City of Philadelphia and Glaxo Smithkline. His co-op at the City of Philadelphia with the Philadelphia International Airport provided field responsibility on large, interesting construction projects. He was able to see engineering design principals in practice during construction, analyze construction materials properties, and observe construction.