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Mr. Prashant Ranade named 2007 Distinguished Alumnus

Every year the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering recognizes a past student whose life time accomplishments are exemplary.  The Distinguished Alumnus award is a small token of our appreciation, regard and recognition of the alumnus's achievements and the recipient is selected with great care and consideration.  It is our honor and privilege to name, Mr. Prashant Ranade, as our 2007 Distinguished Alumnus.

Mr. Prashant Ranade earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, in 1975, and the MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 from the University of Cincinnati. Following graduation, he joined Siemens and, while working at Siemens Energy and Automation, he earned an MBA from Xavier University in 1982.

Mr. Ranade’s career has been primarily with the Siemens group of companies. He is a recent past President and CEO of Siemens L&A-Logistics and Assembly Systems (currently, Dematic Corp.), a company with $1.5 billion in sales and 5000 employees dealing principally in distribution logistics and automation. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Ranade served as Vice President of the Small Motor Division at Rockwell Automation, after which he returned to the Siemens group. He serves on the Board of Dematic Corp.

A dedicated supporter of science and technology education, Mr. Ranade is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, where he teaches Operations Management to MBA students. Mr. Ranade continues to be involved in numerous trade associations, including MAPI, IEEE, AMA, and AFSM, and not-for-profits, including Juvenile Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity, and fund raising to promote social and cultural activities.