Manufacturing Student Wins Towner Prize

Abelardo Salinas, an alumnus of the Master’s of Engineering in Manufacturing program at the University of Michigan, has won the Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. The Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement is presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in each degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include student’s active participation in research, leadership, and academic performance.

Abelardo excelled in the Manufacturing program, completing it in one year and graduating in December 2014. Through a capstone project class, he was able to apply his coursework directly to his job as an advanced manufacturing engineer at Nemak, a tier 1 automotive supplier. His project involves production systems engineering and calculating throughput. Applying it to his work has allowed him to take the project to the next level.

During the Master?s program, Abelardo took a mix of classes on engineering and business. One course in particular, corporate finance for engineers, has influenced the way he thinks about decision-making. Learning to analyze the economic factors has given me a lot of leverage here to discuss those things with top management, he said. Getting this Master’s degree has proven that I’m capable of more, so I’ve been given more responsibilities and can influence the strategy.”

Abelardo’s academic excellence at the University of Michigan will undoubtedly translate into even greater success as his career progresses.