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Lawrence Tech inducts 9 into engineering hall of fame

Release Date: February 28, 2013

Honorees at the Nov. 30 College of Engineering Hall of Fame ceremony were (front row L-R) Todd Brooks, A. Leon Linton and his wife, Glenda; and Linda Kissman and Scott Iness, who attended on behalf of their father, William Innes. Behind Innes in the second row are Kirk Steudle and his wife, Marilyn; and Jennifer Hitchcock.

Nine alumni of Lawrence Technological University have been inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their profession and the world.

The members of the inaugural class, who were inducted at a Nov. 30 ceremony, are:

  • Todd Brooks, BSET’07, an engineering supervisor at Ford Motor Company’s Body and Chassis Test Lab and an aviation electronics technician with the Navy Reserve. He was named Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year in 2007.
  • Edward Donley, BME’43, was president and chairman of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., which he joined in 1943 and grew from a small Detroit-area firm to a Fortune 500 company.
  • Jennifer A. Hitchcock, BSME’88, MGLM’09, is executive director for Research and Technology Integration (RTI) at the US Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), in Warren.
  • William Innes, BME’53, made numerous contributions to the auto industry in the areas of manufacturing and product engineering during 39 years with the Ford Motor Company.
  • Larry Lawson, BSEE’80, is executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp. and president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He leads the corporation’s military aircraft business.
  • A. Leon Linton, BSME’62, is the founder and CEO of Southern Systems Inc. (SSI) of Memphis, which designs, builds, and installs custom conveyor systems for manufacturing and distribution facilities.
  • Gretchen Minnhaar, BSArE’59, is an architect and an artist in Grand Rapids.
  • Kirk Steudle, BSCvE’87, has served as Michigan’s transportation director since 2006 under both Democratic and Republican governors.
  • Lewis Veraldi, BSME’68, who died in 1990, was vice president of product and manufacturing engineering at Ford Motor Company. He pioneered the car team development approach that produced the highly successful Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable in 1986.

Larry A. Lawson

Lawson, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp. and president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, leads the corporation’s military aircraft business, which employs more than

26,000 people at nine locations in the United States. He oversees such key programs as the advanced supersonic F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, and C-130J Super Hercules, as well as modernization and sustainment activities for the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter, C-5M Super Galaxy transport, U-2 Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, and P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft. He also administers the company’s world-renowned Skunk Works®, a leader in aerospace innovation for nearly 70 years.

With more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Lawson also held leadership positions at McDonnell Douglas, Recon-Optical Inc., and Martin Marietta. He has patents in advanced signal processing discrimination technology. Named Inventor of the Year in 1991 and Manager of the Year in 1997 and 1999, he received the Silver Knight of Leadership award from the National Management Association in 2008.

He is active with the Air Force Association and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National Management Association. He has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and an MIT Seminar XXI Fellow.

Lawson established the Larry A. Lawson Endowed Scholarship in Electrical Engineering and is a substantial supporter of Lawrence Technological University.