People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Washtenaw Community College and DesignHub Inc.
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, read on to learn about achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:• St. Clair County Community College Workforce Development Dean Michelle K. Mueller has been chosen to head Washtenaw Community College’s workforce development efforts as associate vice president for Economic Development & Community/Corporate Alliances. The WCC board of trustees approved her appointment on March 27. Mueller will be responsible for expanding WCC’s partnerships and programs in the business sector, and building new alliances with educators, executives and government agencies throughout southeast Michigan and beyond.
• The Center for Automotive Research, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization, has a new website, www.cargroup.org, created by Saline-based creative services and marketing firm DesignHub Inc.
• The Washtenaw Contractors Association presented the 2012 W. Nelson Vander Hyden Award to Jerry Schulte of the University of Michigan. Washtenaw Contractors Association has presented the W. Nelson Vander Hyden Award for 34 years to an individual who is a leader in both the construction industry and the community. The award is named after Nelson Vander Hyden, who was active in the construction industry in the Ann Arbor area during the 1960s and 1970s. Nominations for the W. Nelson Vander Hyden Award are solicited each year from throughout the construction industry, with the selection being made by a committee composed of past recipients. Schulte currently holds the position of associate director of design and construction for the University’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Department.
• The Michigan Municipal League honored Ann Arbor City Attorney Stephen Postema during the League's annual Capital Conference March 20-21 in Lansing. Postema received the League's Outstanding Service Award. The honor is given to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the league's legislative efforts in Lansing on behalf of Michigan communities. In his role as Ann Arbor’s City Attorney, Postema has been an active member of the League, including serving as chair of its Legal Defense Fund.
• Carl Pelofsky has been named head of Greenhills School, a private preparatory school in Ann Arbor, effective July 1.
• Ann Arbor-based real estate company Edward Surovell Realtors recently released a new mobile application focused specifically on southeastern Michigan real estate searches. The Surovell Mobile App is available as a free download for smartphones and tablets that integrates information about homes for sale in the user’s area with maps, photos and complete property descriptions. The Surovell Mobile App is available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile app stores or by texting SUR to 87778.
• 1-800-DryClean of Ann Arbor was recently honored by Entrepreneur Magazine in its selection of "Top 500 Franchises." Details are available at http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/1800dryclean/282048-0.html.
• Michigan companies that have demonstrated a focus on sustainability and leadership in “green” initiatives will be among the first to be named to a “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” list; the winning companies will be honored at a symposium and awards celebration on April 18 in Grand Rapids. Winners from the greater Ann Arbor area were Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor, Lowry Computer Products of Brighton, Meadowlark Builders of Ann Arbor, Sunblossom Solar Gifts LLC of Manchester and Sustainable Computing at the University of Michigan. The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies is co-presented by Corp! magazine, Davenport University and dmStrategists. A full list of the winners is available at www.101bestandbrightest.com/sustainable.
• A new $10 million National Science Foundation project that involves a University of Michigan researcher and is based at the University of Pennsylvania aims to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive. The five-year Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering, or ExCAPE, project will be led by Stéphane Lafortune, a professor in the U-M Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lafortune will also serve on the project’s executive committee and co-lead its education and knowledge transfer thrust, which will organize workshops, summer schools and programming competitions. The grant is part of the NSF’s “Expeditions in Computing” program, which funds teams aiming ambitious, fundamental research agendas in computer science. The ExCAPE team also includes researchers from UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland, MIT and Rice University.
• The Society of Interventional Radiology recently honored three gold medalists, including a doctor at University of Michigan Health Systems, for advancing the specialty area of medicine. Dr. Kyung J. Cho, professor in the department of radiology, vascular/interventional radiology at University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor was recognized for his clinical work, research, contributions to the literature and education of residents, fellows, radiologists and referring physicians. Cho is best known for his research into the application of interventional radiology to a range of procedures and techniques.
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