Professor Badih Jawad and Instructor Filza Walters of Lawrence Technological University were named to the College of Fellows of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) at the annual benefit dinner at Detroit’s Cobo Center in June. A member of ESD’s College of Fellows must display outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in his or her profession.
Jawad is chair of the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Walters is director of the master’s degree program in architectural engineering.
A member of ESD since 1986, Jawad currently serves on the Membership Ambassador Council and has been active in recruiting students to join ESD and in nominating LTU students to receive ESD awards over the years.
A member of ESD since 2009, Walters is a member of the ESD Affiliate Council and has served as chair for two terms. She serves on the ESD Editorial Board and has served as a mentor and judge for the Future City Competition. She has been a speaker at the ESD/DTE Energy Conference.
Also named to the College of Fellows this year were LTU alumnus Kirk Steudle, BSCE’87, the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Douglas Patton, senior vice president of engineering at Denso International America Inc.
Christopher Webb, co-founder and volunteer director of the ESD Institute, received the organization’s highest award, the Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award, for his work in important public policy issues – most recently, the Institute’s Pre-K to Job comprehensive literacy and STEM education effort that is starting with a push in the Hamtramck school district dubbed Project Hamtramck. Webb is a former corporate counsel with Jervis B. Webb Co., a factory automation firm founded by his grandfather.
Katherine Banicki, president of Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc., was awarded the 2014 ESD Lifetime Achievement Award.