ISD Alumni and Award Recipients


2019 ISD Alumni Award Recipient – Mohammad Fatouraie

ISD congratulates Mohammad Fatouraie, Manager of System Engineering, 
Passenger Car and Electrification at Robert Bosch, on earning the 2019 Alumni Merit Award during Homecoming Week.


ISD congratulates Chris LaFleur, Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering alumna, on earning the 2018 Alumni Merit Award during Homecoming Week.

As a Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies* (SUGS) student and cheerleader for the football and basketball teams, time management is always a concern for Hallie Byles as she completes her master’s degree. 

Ziyan Xu sought business acumen to compliment the manufacturing engineering experience. Through the Multidisciplinary Design Program project, Xu spent time learning business at the Ross School of Business while completing an ISD Master of Engineering in Manufacturing degree.

2018 ISD Graduate Beth Ann Less When Beth Ann Less arrived at the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student, she hit the ground running (and biking, and swimming). She participated on the Michigan Triathlon team, was a part of Young Life, worked as a lab instructor, and taught as a graduate student instructor while at U-M. Beth Ann’s main focus, however, was earning her two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing from Integrative Systems + Design.


ISD congratulates Dr. Tahira Reid, a 2010 Design Science alumna, on earning the 2017 Alumni Merit Award. On October 27th, Dr. Reid visited the University of Michigan campus to deliver a lecture as part of the Design Science Seminar Series.

Recent ISD Systems Engineering + Design graduate Elio Morillo has spent the last seven years as a student in Ann Arbor. Born in Ecuador, Elio lived in New York and Puerto Rico before becoming a University of Michigan (U-M) undergrad student, studying mechanical and electrical engineering. As an ISD graduate student, Elio served as the mechanical lead for the Michigan Bicentennial Archive CubeSat team, interned with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and taught classes as a graduate student instructor.

Like many kids growing up in Monroe, Michigan, John Kipf was fascinated with auto racing, airplanes, and spacecraft. Unlike most of us, John has been able to make an engineering career out of his favorite childhood toys.

Aditya Raghunathan knew from a young age that he would thrive as an engineer. After attending SRM University in his hometime of Chennai, India, Aditya worked as a manufacturing engineer for John Deere India. To further his education, Aditya enrolled as a Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering (GAME) student with Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) in 2014.


Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) is proud to announce its 2016 Michigan Engineering Alumni Award winner, Dr. Anna-Maria McGowan.

When Sean Ryan uses phrases like “relentlessly striving” and “never settling,” they are far from empty abstractions or tired clichés. Instead, they are lived-by standards.

Not only has the recent ISD graduate landed a position at Detroit Diesel Corporation, where he’ll start full-time this fall, but Sean has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, one of two American swimmers set to compete in the open-water 10km. Considering his high level of achievement, it’s no surprise that the Manufacturing Engineering alumnus delivered inspiring remarks at ISD’s 2016 graduation reception.

Whether leading an artist collective or seeking out investment opportunities for GM’s venture capital wing, ISD alumna Alisyn Malek is helping reshape Detroit and the industry that defines it.

In a recent Q&A with, the 2012 ISD graduate discusses her current position at GM Ventures, the state’s wealth of technological and automotive talent, and her own dynamic involvement outside of the workplace.

In their own words:

Zuimdie Guerra, Puerto Rico

“The Program in Manufacturing definitely has met my expectations.”

“I like the fact that I can work and still take classes at the same time. The classes are convenient. I can support myself, but can still come to school and further my education. One of the benefits is that I will be able to consider other job options that aren’t available to me right now, such as academia in addition to government and industry.”

Christian Bautista, Mexico

“I used to work for Ford, but I fell in love with the University and the student life and environment.”

“It’s an opportunity for me to gain multi-cultural experience, language experience, and knowledge. I like the interactive classes and the projects and interacting with other degree students like MBAs. It will help me because I can apply much of the knowledge learned here in real industry.”

Bradley Vernier, Michigan

“I like the interdisciplinary nature of the dual degree and the business side of manufacturing.”

“I felt I could understand how to strategize about a manufacturing business if I better understood the technical nature of the subject and what happens on the plant floor. Manufacturing is undergoing tough times because of the economy. It needs creative thinking to bring it back.”

Yuan-Kai Cheng, Taiwan

“There is lots of opportunity.”

“I became interested in the program through an Industrial and Operations Engineering professor. I like the interdisciplinary aspect. You set a target and then widen it. You meet intellectual students here and there is a strong global aspect. I have studied abroad in the summer.”