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Departments announce Professional Engineering Award Winners

The J. B. Speed School of Engineering is pleased to announce the list of recipients of the Professional Award in Engineering for the various academic disciplines. The awards are presented at the annual Homecoming reception and dinner.

Chemical Engineering: Teresa Friel

Teresa Friel, Professional Award in Chemical EngineeringTeresa Friel is a seasoned professional engineer whose extensive experience with analysis, strategy and turnaround makes her adept at complex organizational analysis, formulating strategy and planning implementation. Her expertise includes continuous improvement, business process restructuring and organizational change management.

Terri’s technical and corporate management experience in Procter & Gamble, Fries & Fries, and PepsiCo, and her academic management career at Butler and Roosevelt Universities have demonstrated her ability to solve difficult problems and manage complex and diverse projects, while building a coalition to develop new opportunities.

As Dean of the WE Heller College of Business she is responsible to the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. Her achievements as Dean include raising over $ 10 million in philanthropic funds, developing a successful marketing plan to maintain graduate student enrollment in a tough economic climate, increasing undergraduate retention, and initiating incubator sites for new business opportunities.

Her 17 years of teaching experience have enabled her to develop considerable expertise in training and developing people. Her combined management training and development skills afford her a unique perspective on how to get the best from individuals and creatively build an organization.

Terri earned Bachelor of Science (‘78) and Master of Engineering (‘79) degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Louisville and was the 1980 Speed School Student Council President. Friel also earned a Doctorate of Engineering and MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University and holds a BA in French. She is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish and can speak tourist Japanese and Gaelic.

She resides in Chicago, IL where she is an active participant in the Executives Club of Chicago. Her interests include stained glass, Tae Kwon Do, playing piano, biking and competing in national triathlons.


Civil  & Environmental Engineering: Jay Mazzoni

Jay Mazzoni, Professional Award in Civil and Environmental EngineeringJay Mazzoni is a Principal with the international consulting engineering firm Stantec, Incorporated. Throughout his 30-year career, Mr. Mazzoni has compiled a successful record of progressively more responsible technical, project management and business management positions in consulting engineering firms. His technical specialty is geotechnical engineering and he has practiced in diverse geologic settings in Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Currently, he is serving as Geotechnical Task Lead for a $700-million pump stations project in New Orleans – one of the final post-Katrina hurricane protection efforts in the city.

Mr. Mazzoni is active in community groups in his hometown of Louisville. He has served as Chairman of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce and Chair of events for October’s “Week in the Highlands” in his neighborhood. His professional and technical activities have included serving on the Speed School of Engineering Alumni Council, Chairman of the KSPE Discover “E” program, visiting local elementary schools as part of NSPE’s Engineering Week activities, and judging local science fairs.

Mr. Mazzoni graduated from Speed School in 1979 with a Bachelors of Science degree and in 1980 with a Master of Engineering degree. He still enjoys visiting W.S. Speed Hall during Engineering Week to see what his Civil Engineering colleagues are up to!

Mr. Mazzoni and his wife of 32 years, Karen, enjoy traveling, spending time together and discovering new restaurants.


Computer Engineering & Computer Science: Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper, Professional Award in Computer Engineering and Computer ScienceBrian Cooper is an applied software research engineer at Lexmark International in Lexington, Kentucky. His specialties include print quality, image quality, halftoning, and digital image processing, with the goal of improving quality, reducing costs, and improving customer convenience.

His research includes 16 patents, 19 papers, and extensive presentations at corporate technical symposia. In addition, he has served as a session chairman at the NIP digital printing conferences. He has taught his digital halftoning course to over 360 Lexmark employees.

Brian is an active contributor to international standards for print quality and printer resolution. He coordinated the grain and mottle algorithms chosen for inclusion in ISO TS 24790 (printed image quality), and he developed the effective resolution approach for ISO TS 29112 (printer resolution).

He graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1986, a Master of Engineering in 1989, and a Doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering in 1994. Interests include cycling, hiking, skiing, and volunteering for special events at his children’s schools. He recently assisted with science demonstrations for 100 middle and high school students at Lexington’s Youth Science Summit.

Brian is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the ACM and IS&T. He remains a dedicated Cardinal fan in spite of living for nearly two decades in the heart of Wildcat Country.


Electrical & Computer Engineering: Don Korfhage

Don Korfhage, Professional Award in Electrical and Computer EngineeringDon Korfhage is the founder and President of two Louisville-based technology companies, Advanced Production Systems (APS) and IGear Online – with combined employment of 50 employees, 25 of whom are Speed School graduates!

Mr. Korfhage (Don) graduated from the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School in 1982 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, with Honors. Growing up in a family owned hardware and floor covering business, Don developed a passion for entrepreneurship.

Upon graduation, Don worked with Square D and CED until 1986 when he started his first company, APS, to deliver automation solutions for the manufacturing industry. In 1999, Don started IGear Online, to remotely monitor machines, leveraging the earliest stages of what we now refer to as cloud and mobile technologies.

Today, his company’s technologies are utilized in mission critical applications in nearly 800 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Mr. Korfhage has served the ECE Department of J.B. Speed School in various advisory capacities and is a big supporter of the Speed School internship program. In addition, Don serves on various business and academic boards with Greater Louisville Inc., The Community Foundation, and St. Raphael School (where his children attend middle school). He thoroughly enjoys coaching and working with the youth of our community.

Mr. Korfhage is married to Mary K., U of L graduate ‘84 and former field hockey star. They have two boys and two rescued Dalmatians. Don and his family love the outdoors, animals, and they enjoy traveling – primarily centered around their boy’s competitive soccer, basketball and golf schedules – and, of course, U of L sports!


Industrial Engineering: Tesham Gor

Tesham Gor, Professional Award in Industrial EngineeringTesham Gor works as Vice President & General Manager of Performance Coatings Division for Lubrizol Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Tesh has over 15 years of diverse work experience in areas of operations, finance, commercial & general management and strategic planning. His extensive international work experience includes expatriate assignments in Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Currently he is heading a global business unit with complete P&L responsibilities for Lubrizol Corporation. Prior to joining Lubrizol, Tesham worked for Hoogovens Hille Muller, Corus Group in areas of process improvement & business process reengineering.

Tesham has worked in the specialty metals and chemical industries serving electronics, batteries, food, pharmaceuticals, personal care, automotive and performance coatings end markets. As part of his work responsibilities, he has built high-performing international teams, demonstrated growth via innovation, successful acquisitions and divestitures, asset investments in Asia, developed alliances and joint ventures, negotiated multiyear contracts with major OEMs and protected a business from economic espionage that resulted in successful trial & conviction by the Department of Justice.

In 1995, he earned a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville and later earned an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University. During his doctoral studies, he was awarded AIEJ (American Education in Japan) scholarship and was based in Toyohashi, Japan where he conducted his dissertation research work. Tesh has published & presented at the Winter Simulation Conference, Industrial Engineering Research Conference & INFORMS.

Tesham resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife who is a physician; volunteers for United Way and enjoys visiting National Parks.


Mechanical Engineering: Kyran Hoff

Kyran Hoff, Professional Award in Mechanical EngineeringKyran was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Louisville and graduated with highest honors from the J.B. Speed School with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. She then joined GE Appliances as a Design Engineer in the Dishwasher Technology organization. Kyran spent the next ten years in various roles of increasing responsibility in the dishwasher, refrigeration, and water product lines.

These roles included systems engineering, design engineering roles on multiple new product introductions, and program management roles for both sourced and GE manufactured new product development projects. During this time, Kyran became a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and was awarded several patents. In 2006, Kyran was promoted to Engineering Manager - Technology Services, a global role with responsibility for the strategic planning and tactical execution of the engineering services for Lighting, Appliances, and Industrial Systems. In 2009, she moved into a Platform Leader role with responsibility for performance, cost, and quality of the dishwasher platforms as well as ownership for regulatory and third party requirements and standards development.

Kyran was named to her current position as Technology Manager – Dishwasher in February 2011 with responsibility for leading the dishwasher engineering team to build a strong pipeline of leadership products and a culture of continuous improvement, while leveraging LEAN principles. Throughout her 17 year career at GE, she has also been active in volunteer work and the professional development of others. In 2012, Kyran was recognized in Business First as a Forty Under 40 honoree.

Kyran is married to Phil, a fellow graduate of the J.B. Speed School. In her free time, she enjoys running and traveling.

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