Mary Beth DeNooyer
Class of 1992
Drexel University
BS, Business & Administration


Anna Engstrom
Class of 2005
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Industrial Design


Matthew Franchetti
Class of 2000 (MBA) & 2003 (Ph.D)
University of Toledo
BS, MS, MBA and PhD


Robert S. Freeman
Class of 1990, 1991
University of Massachusetts Lowell
BS, MS, Nuclear Engineering


Carly Gabrielson
Lane Community College


Gary Grenter
Class of 1984
Rochester Institute of Technology
MBA in Management


Nominated by
Mr. John A. Fry
President of Drexel University

Ms. DeNooyer’s co-operative experiences helped to shape her education and career. She completed co-op positions in billing and collections at Wills Eye Hospital and working in chemical manufacturing plants, in human resources and managing the summer internship program at Mobil. After Drexel, she continued to work for Mobil and received her Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She then held positions of increasing responsibility in various areas of human resources at General Mills and at Pepsi Bottling Group. Today, she is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Sara Lee Corporation.


Nominated by
Dr. Zorica Pantić
President of Wentworth Institute of Technology

Anna Engstrom is a design strategy lead based out of IDEO’s Boston studio, an innovation and design firm. Prior to joining IDEO, Engstrom worked for ELEVEN Design as a lead designer where she managed projects for clients including Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Fanta, Motorola, Boston Acoustics, Burton, and Sauder Education. Engstrom believes in the positive impact of design as a problem solving process, which has allowed her to apply her design thinking to a diverse range of projects including packaging, product, interaction design, financial services, and customer service experiences.

Originally from Sweden, Engstrom draws on her Scandinavian sense of style and heritage. She runs a blog called “red house design” where she collects and shares design inspirations. Additionally, she designs modern, colorful patterns and illustrations inspired by traditional Swedish folk art from the region of Dalarna called ‘kurbits.’ Engstrom is also an active and contributing member at Design Museum Boston.


Nominated by
Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs
President of The University of Toledo

Dr. Franchetti is an assistant professor and the undergraduate program director for the Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at The University of Toledo. He completed three co-ops with Budd Plastics and has a BS, MS, MBA and PhD — all from UT. He now uses his experiences to advise and educate students. Previously, Dr. Franchetti was a plant manager at the U.S. Postal Service, overseeing a $5 million budget. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt. He presents worldwide on his research and has written two engineering textbooks and more than 60 other publications.


Nominated by
Mr. Martin Meehan
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Mr. Freeman is currently the Vice President of US Nuclear Fuel Contracts and Services for AREVA NP, Inc. and holds overall responsibility for all nuclear fuel commercial operations for the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. Robert Freeman launched his successful career in nuclear energy and engineering as an undergraduate student at UMass Lowell where he worked as a licensed reactor operator in the University’s 1MW Research Reactor. After graduating with an MS in Nuclear Engineering, Mr. Freeman held a variety of positions with ABB Combustion Engineering, rising from an entry-level engineer to Principle Engineer, and engaging in projects related to core design, neutronics and nuclear criticality areas. Mr. Freeman joined AREVA’s predecessor, Framatome Cogema Fuels, in 1999 and, during his tenure, served in a host of management capacities, including Plant and Site Manager of the Lynchburg Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility, Manager of Product Performance, Manager of Environmental Health Safety and Licensing for Washington State and Lynchburg plants, and Manager of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, involving the merger between Framatome and Siemans in 2001-2011.


Nominated by
Dr. Mary Spilde
President of Lane
Community College

Carly Gabrielson grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She attended both Lane Community College and University of Oregon. While studying at Lane in 2008, Carly enrolled in an American political science course and was encouraged to pursue an internship. Through Cooperative Education, Carly secured an internship with Congressman Peter DeFazio’s campaign office. The experience was incredibly valuable and shined a light on what a career in politics can offer. After completing this internship Carly became an intern in the congressman’s Washington, DC official office in 2010. Upon returning to Oregon, she was offered a staff position at the congressman’s campaign office. Had it not been for the guidance of her cooperative education coordinator and her work site mentors, Carly’s political career would have not been realized.


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

Mr. Grenter has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry and most recently was the Group President for Spacelabs Healthcare and was responsible for all Operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Spacelabs, Gary held the position of President and CEO for both Kyphon and Biolectron in the spine arena. At Kyphon, Gary led the Company’s early growth and was responsible for the initial public offering (“IPO”) of Kyphon in 2002. Prior to Kyphon, Gary successfully negotiated the sale of Biolectron to Biomet, Inc., one of the world’s largest orthopedic companies. Mr. Grenter holds a B.S. in Production Management from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. in Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.