Engineers & Innovation, June 2012

CBS Detroit recently profiled Dr. James M. Boileau, MI E ’87, and his daughter Stephanie. James has three engineering degrees from Wayne State University and is an engineer at Ford Motor Co. Stephanie is following in her father’s footsteps at Wayne State focusing on civil and environmental engineering.

I’ve enjoyed my career as a metallurgical engineer,” said James. “It’s given me great opportunities to make systems and products better.” Read the article for more information on the aspirations and accomplishments of James and Stephanie Boileau

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John Andrew Jones, GA B 2011, has been awarded the Wallace Odell Duvall Excellence in Leadership Award, one of the top honors at Mercer University. Jones received his award at the May 12 commencement, where he also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science and engineering and a master’s in engineering.

This fall, Jones will enroll in the Ph.D. program in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a former vice president of the Georgia Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Click here to read the news article

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Earlier this week, A123 Systems “unveiled a new battery technology that the company says is a breakthrough in the industry (because) it uses a new chemistry that could permit the creation of a simpler, lighter, longer-lasting battery pack that does not require a system to cool or heat it.”

The New York Times profiled A123 in an article, detailing the struggles of the company in making lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. The success of this new battery technology is important to the future of the company and so is the continued growth and demand for electric vehicles. A123 CEO, David Vieau (NY B ’72), has secured a contract to supply batteries for the upcoming Chevrolet Spark, an all-electric minicar due next year.

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