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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS


Bruce Davis Project Chief of Electrical Systems and


Components Vehicle Integration Chrysler World Headquarters


ruce Davis is project chief of electrical systems and compo- nents vehicle integration at Chrysler world headquarters. The cabin electri- cal team for Ram trucks relies on him to fill several important roles. These roles include managing the develop- ment, integration, cost, timing, qual- ity, and issue resolution of systems and components for light and heavy duty Ram trucks. Cabin electrical components include switches, steer-


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ing column control modules, and electronic shifters — all which are important for creating a safe vehicle. Mr. Davis is known for working well with his peers and others within Chrysler. He interacts with the design responsible engineering managers, product responsible engineering manag- ers and release engineers within the truck and cabin electrical teams. Prior to Chrysler, Mr. Davis held prominent engineering positions within other organizations, including Visteon Corpora- tion, Dayco Products, and General Motors powertrain group. In addition, Mr. Davis is a respected role model within the


community. Focus Hope is one of his volunteer projects, where he delivers food to the elderly. Middle and high school students benefit from his engineering expertise, as he tutors Detroit stu- dents in math. He also assists his church with providing assis- tance for the sick and shut-in. Mr. Davis attended Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Master of Engineering in manufacturing systems and a graduate certificate in manufacturing systems for the Defense Industry. He also received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.


Michelle Blaise Senior Vice President of Technical Services


ComEd, an Exelon Company W


ith 32 years at ComEd to her credit, and now in charge of $2 billion in annual capital investment, Michelle Blaise, senior vice presi- dent, technical services with Chicago- based Exelon, is a corporate leader and an active mentor to neighborhood girls taking their first steps toward vibrant futures in the STEM space. Her leadership role translates into delivering electricity to nearly four million business and residential customers – 70 percent of the state’s population. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for


the Women’s Business Development Center and is on the board of trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. One striking example of her commitment to STEM education is seen by her participation in the Icebox Derby, according to the Chicago Sun-


www.blackengineer.com Times this summer.


“Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of technical services at ComEd, said the company worked with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Girls4Science and the Chicago Urban League because they think it’s important for women to get into the male-dominated field. “We want to start building the future engineers,” she said.


“Women hold 24 percent of STEM jobs in America and we re- ally wanted to do more than just talk about this at a time when the girls are thinking about what to do next.” The Weekly Citizen reported Ms. Blaise’s further comments. “Our focus with this programs is girls overall. We want them to be part of the next generation of creators and we’re also contributing to closing the gender gap in STEM [education and careers.] We’re also integrating into this program, our commit- ment to sustainability and recycling by using the old refrigerators and freezers to make the Icebox cars.” The Icebox Derby, says The Weekly Citizen, is a six-week educational competition where girls team to build an electric car using the recycled appliances — an endeavor that empowers young women to learn and embrace STEM concepts. Ms. Blaise’s after-hours efforts are not lost on her col-


leagues.


Anne E. Prammaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd, has the utmost praise for Ms. Blaise.


“Michelle continually drives the message that women should not be afraid to take on roles that are considered non- traditional.


“As a fellow female executive working in the energy indus-


try, I find Michelle’s commitment to helping women succeed and grow incredibly refreshing and inspiring.”


Cindy Brock JMC Lead Safety Engineer


Joint Munitions Command M


s. Cindy Brock launched her government career in 2005 as a


Defense Logistics Agency corporate intern. In 2008, she was selected as a Department of the Army, Army Civilian Training Education and De- velopment System (ACTEDS) safety engineer intern at the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) Headquarters-Safe- ty Division. Now, as the JMC HQ System Safety team lead, her major accom- plishments are far reaching. Ms. Brock is charged with applying safety and health prin- ciples, and methods and techniques, to manage safety programs for industrial and explosive operations, plus assessing the ef- fectiveness and conformance of safety standards and federal and military safety rules, regulations, and practices. She applies scientific and engineering design and analysis principles to conduct highly technical, detailed safety reviews of in- dustrial and explosive operations and commodities, and consults and advises the team lead, division chief and director on the safety impli- cations related to the design, manufacture, load, storage, disposal, and demilitarization of ammunition/explosive items.


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