President's Medal, Sobey Scholar and Leaders Fellow recipients announced

Jun 16, 2014

Students will be honored at awards dinner on June 21 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.

Recipients of the President’s Medal, Sobey Scholar and Leaders Fellow awards will be recognized at an honors dinner and reception at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan, June 21.


A champagne reception will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner and the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sixteen students received the awards, which recognize a variety of academic, service, leadership and professional achievements. The awards dinner will be held the night before Kettering University’s Commencement ceremony, which is at 11 a.m. June 22 on the Kettering University campus.

Awards bestowed include the President’s Medal, which recognizes scholarship, professionalism on the job and community involvement; Sobey Scholars, a distinction presented to students elected to the Robot Honor Society and one of Kettering’s academic honor societies; and Leaders Fellows, which recognize students who demonstrate significant leadership potential and personal integrity while committing to perpetuating the development of Kettering students through post-graduation involvement with the University.

Here are this year’s award recipients:

Toni Rose S. Arceno


Award: President’s Medal
Hometown: Southfield, Michigan
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering specialty
Co-Op: Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan
Activities/organizations: Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity; Asian American Association; Lives Improve Through Engineering; Pi Tau Sigma; Society of Women Engineers; Model United Nations
After graduation: Ford College Graduate program engineer at Ford Motor Company, plan to attend Wayne State University for master's in Biomedical Engineering


T.J. Steven Clark


Award: Leaders Fellow
Hometown: Rockledge, Florida
Major: Applied Mathematics (Computer Science minor)
Co-Op: Software Engineer at Dematic
Activities/organizations: Academic Council; Delta Tau Delta; Kettering LEADERS; WKUF
After graduation: Working doing cryptographic Analysis for the US Federal Government

John Henry Crimmins

Award: Leaders Fellow
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Industrial engineering
Co-op: Airport manufacturing / Meditative LLC, methods machine tools, and Walmart
Activities/organizations: Beta Theta Pi; COMPASS orientation leader; Kettering Student Government; Kettering LEADERS
After graduation: Work for Dematic and then attend graduate school for my MBA in the next three years

Katherine Sarah Dale


Award: Leaders Fellow
Hometown: Novi, Michigan
Major: Industrial Engineering, Business minor
Co-Op: Magna Seating
Activities/organizations: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Academic Council, COMPASS Crew, LEADERS, Operations Council, Student Ambassador, LITE Mentor
Post-Graduation Plans:  Currently living in Manchester, Connecticut, working as a Systems Integration Sr. Analyst for Accenture, a technology consulting company. Right now I am a member of the program management team facilitating the separation activities required to complete GE Capital divestiture. GE Capital will soon be its own stand alone entity "Synchrony Bank," with the IPO is scheduled for release next month.

Donald Joseph Ebben

Awards: Sobey Scholar; President’s Medal
Hometown: Northville, Michigan


Major: Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Co-Op: Livio 
Activities/organizations: Thompson Hall (Resident Adviser); Delta Chi; Kettering Open Source Club (Founder); Kettering Student Ambassadors; Kettering President's Student Advisory Council; Kettering COMPASS orientation leader; Laser Tag Club; KSG Ops Council and KSG Student Senate; Intra-Faternal Council; Kagle Leadership Initiatives; Robot Honor Society; Upsilon Pi Epsilon; Kappa Mu Epsilon; Tau Beta Pi; Eta Kappa Nu; Order of Omega; Gamma Sigma Alpha
After graduation: Right now I haven't made up my mind about grad school. If I do go on to seek a higher degree I don't think it'll be in the very near future. The opportunity I had as a Kettering co-op to work at a start-up like Livio was the best learning experiences one could ask for. I learned what it takes to start a business in Michigan and develop products and ideas that affect people globally. I hope to become an entrepreneur myself and create a start-up of my own.

Maria Christine Goodpaster


Awards: Sobey Scholar; President’s Medal
Hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Major: Industrial Engineering
Co-op: The Hershey Company
Activities/Organizations: Kettering Student Government; Camp COMPASS; PSAC; Engineers Without Borders; IIE; Tau Beta Pi; Robot Honor Society; Student Ambassadors; Society of Women Engineers; St. Luke's N.E.W. Life Center
After graduation: Working at John Deere (Supplier Quality Engineering), pursue MSE, MBA and Ph.D.

Ayse Buke Hiziroglu

Award: President’s Medal


Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Major: Electrical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry
Co-Op: Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation
Activities/organizations: Pre-Med Club; Engineers Without Borders; Student Senate; IEEE Student Branch; Eta Kappa Nu; Tau Beta Pi; President's Student Advisory Council
After graduation: Will be starting the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor this fall

Jorge Eduardo Horcasitas

Awards: Sobey Scholar; Leaders Fellow; President’s Medal
Hometown:​ El Paso, Texas​


Major: Computer Engineering​
Co-Op: Insitu, Inc.​
Activities/organizations: ​Kettering University Robotics Team; Beta Theta Pi Fraternity; Kettering University Orientation Compass Crew; Robot Honor Society; Tau Beta Pi; Eta Kappa Nu; Kappa Mu Epsilon
After graduation: ​Working as a software consultant at Open Systems Technologies in Grand Rapids, Michigan; plan to go to grad school for either an MBA, Masters in Software Engineering​, or both


Zachary Samuel Hurst

Award: President’s Medal


Hometown: Defiance, Ohio
Major: Mechanical engineering
Co-Op: Zimmer orthopedics
Activities/organizations: Engineers Without Borders; Kagle Leadership Initiatives
After graduation: Planning to attend Ohio State University College of Medicine


Elizabeth Antoinette McLean

Awards: Sobey Scholar; Leaders Fellow; President’s Medal
Hometown: Warrens, Wisconsin


Major: Mechanical Engineering
Co-op: Stantec Architecture, Butler, Pennsylvania
Activities/organizations: Robot Honors Society; Kettering LEADERS; SAE Aero Design; Alpha Sigma Alpha; Girl Scout STEM Day Camp; Smarter Girls Day Camp; Society of Women Engineers; Kettering Student Government; Engineers Without Borders; Resource Advisory Committee; President's Student Advisory Council; Academic Affairs Committee; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Student Ambassador
After graduation: Working for Eaton in their Operations for Engineers Leadership Development Program

Cameron Karl Oskoian

Awards: Sobey Scholar; President’s Medal
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan


Major: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentrations in Accounting and Finance, Minors in Economics and International Studies
Co-Op: Citizens Bank Headquarters, General Motors
Activities/organizations: Kettering University Student Government; President’s Student Advisory Council; President’s Resource Advisory Committee; Board of Trustees University Advancement Committee; First Year Experience Freshman Course; Thompson Hall resident advisor; Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; Kettering Entrepreneur Society; Kettering University Community Service; Kettering University Recreational Sports; Detroit Symphony Orchestra Choir Performance; Robot Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Chi
After graduation: Currently working for General Motors New York Treasurer’s Office, Treasury Operations Group, Treasury Transformation, Analyst, New York, NY; plan to pursue MBA in Finance from top tier institution.

Andrew James Rapin

Award: President’s Medal


Hometown: Petoskey, Michigan
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Co-op: Kamax LP
Activities/organizations: Kagle Leadership Iniatives, Hockey Team, Tau Beta Pi
After graduation: I have been accepted into MTU's Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) Program, majoring in mechanical engineering


Nathaniel Alan Sall

Award: Sobey Scholar
Hometown: Holland, Michigan


Major: Mechanical Engineering with Business Minor
Co-Op: M.W. Watermark
Activities/organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; KSG; DECA; IFC; President's Student Advisory Council; College Town Leadership Summit; Freshmen Orientation; FYE Class Mentor; Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society; Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society; Robot Honor Society; Adopt-a-School; JDRF; Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society and Order of Omega in my list of activities.
After graduation: Currently working for Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan as an engineer in their options department. As an options engineer I modify our standard products per the requests of customers looking for customized products that still fit our manufacturing abilities. I'm looking forward to other opportunities at Herman Miller in the future and I'm also planning on attending to a top business school in a couple of years to attain my MBA. I love working with people and solving complex problems, and both my interests in engineering and business along with my job at Herman Miller have been a great way to exercise these passions. Aside from my career I enjoy spending time on Lake Michigan, playing sports, and looking for old Herman Miller furniture.

Andrew Ryan Sierra


Award: Sobey Scholar
Hometown: Flint, MI
Major: Electrical Engineering, Business minor
Co-Op: Magna Electronics
Activities/organizations: Student Teacher of Kettering Orientation and Tour Guide; Kagle Leadership Initiatives; Partner's in Learning and Professional Leadership Honor Society; Freshman Rep of KSG; DTD Fraternity President; IFC Fraternity President; SHPE Regional Student Representative; Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Board Member and Leadership Alliance Member; Governor's Youth Talent Panel for Economic/Education Summits; College Town Initiatives Student Director;College Town Leadership Summit Principal Organizer; Exec. Board member of Eta Kapp Nu EE Honor Society and IEEE member; Robot Honor Society; 4th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor of Tang Soo Do; NACME Scholars
After graduation: Currently work at Ford Motor Company in charge of Electrical Systems and End of Line for the 2015 Focus and 2015 CMax; Accepted to Harvard Business School's 2+2 program and will start classes in 2016; Plan to pursue a career in consulting

Victoria Marie Sprague


Award: Sobey Scholar
Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Major: Mechanical Engineering; minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Co-Op: Walt Disney World
Activities/organizations: Pi Tau Sigma; Tau Beta Pi; Kappa Mu Epsilon; Robot Honor Society; Dance Club; Cru; Tour Guide
After graduation: Currently an Application Product Development Engineer at FANUC America


Locksly E. Wallace

Award: Sobey Scholar


Hometown: Central Village, Jamaica
Major: Chemical Engineering
Co-Op: X-Cel Industries Inc.
Activities/organizations: Robot Honor Society; Former President of International Club; Former Membership Chair National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); Model United Nations; Kagle Leadership Initiatives
After graduation: Pursuing a Masters of Science in Engineering Management while working as a research assistant for Prof. Massoud Tavakoli on the KEEN Foundation-funded i2e Intrapreneurship Project

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