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College of Engineering Alumni News

Vince DiPofiMr. Vince DiPofi, Jr., PE (Eng '85) was named College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus for 2019. Mr. DiPofi is the President and CEO of the SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering and construction management with its roots in Toledo.




Dr. Lance A. TalmageDr. Lance A. Talmage (Eng ’60) accepted the position of associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official at UT in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He is a longtime faculty member of the College and has served in leadership positions, including interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Talmage also serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio and as chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is a past president of the University of Toledo Alumni Association.



Dr. John K. EstellDr. John K. Estell (Eng ’84) was featured in the April issue of the ABET newsletter, “CATALYST.” The article, “Spotlight: John Estell,” featured his early interest in computers and space, which led to a lifelong passion he now shares with his son. In the article, Estell says UT played a formative role in establishing his interest in computing. ABET is a forward-thinking, purpose-driven organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accredits more than 3,800 technical programs in 31 countries that are committed to the quality of the education they provide their students.


"It's All About The Hat"

UToledo alumni unexpectedly meet group of Toledoans in middle of ocean.

 laav anandanLaavanya (Laav) Anandan graduated from our Information Technology program in spring 2016.  She is currently working at Marathon Petroleum, and is currently in MBA program at The University of Michigan, where she was recently selected as one of UM’s student ambassadors.  




Christine Duffy Moore graduated from our BIOE program in 2007 and went to Savannah for graduate school in anesthesia. She is a clinical instructor for the Case Western anesthesia program and does that for three days a week. The rest of her time is spent on the business she started: Lil Buff, which is where they manufacture protein cake mix that is gluten free, microwaveable and has 26g of protein. "Even though I chose a different career path initially, the engineering mindset ultimately led me to develop a product and start my own business. It’s amazing how the skills I learned in engineering school and my co-op doing product development gave me the solid base to have the confidence to tackle entrepreneurship. I just wanted to thank you for your leadership and guidance during senior design. I fully believe that class planted a seed in me that led to creating this successful brand. I still do anesthesia 3 days a week but my husband quit his full-time job to run our production facility. We now have about 15 employees and continue to grow," said Moore. Check out her website here.

 Amber Hall NelsonAmber Hall Nelson, 2013 Bioengineering and Kinesiology and Exercise Science alumna, was named to Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women in Manufacturing, 2018.  These women are known for securing patents, managing plants and finding production efficiencies for their companies. 

Amber Hall helped Whirlpool’s laundry marketing and engineering teams see the future, understand potential implications and embed a strategy that would “future-proof” the business. One of her biggest accomplishments at Whirlpool was providing essential thought leadership to the development of the first Global Trends and Foresight competency.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Hall worked as a product development engineer at Ford Motor Co., where she was integral in the development of the Lincoln Continental seat, which in 2017 won its first award for seat comfort of the year. Mike Kolich, supervisor of Seat Comfort Engineering at Ford said Hall advocated for the customer’s needs “and then built functional and technical excellence.” During her time at Ford, Hall secured eight auto-related patents for the company.

Since October, 2018, Amber has been with Wolverine Worldwide, as their Global Consumer Trend and Foresight Manager. 

Tom BurdenTom Burden, UToledo Engineering alumnus and founder of Grypmat, will speak of his experiences in taking his product idea to market, landing a deal on SharkTank, building a team, and recently being listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 and TIME's Best Inventions of the Year for 2018. Watch his video here.

Last Updated: 7/22/20