Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

James Lico (‘88 B.S.A.) began his career at General Motors, where he held positions in industrial engineering, supply chain, and production supervision. Over 25 years later, he is known as a successful business leader achieving profitable growth and building winning teams across multiple industries. As the Executive Vice President of Danaher Corporation, he led $8 billion corporate procurement functions, oversaw all of Danaher’s corporate initiatives throughout the Asia Pacific/Middle East, and helped transform Danaher from an industrial company to a market leader within the science and technology industry. Lico led the public spin from the Danaher Corporation to create the Fortive Corporation, where he is currently President and CEO. He serves as a member of CEO ACT!ON FOR RACIAL EQUITY, the Seattle Campaign Council for U-M, and the Cocoon House.



Alumni Business of the Year

w3r Consulting (Eric Hardy ‘96 B.S.E.M.E. & Patrick Tomina ‘97 B.B.A., B.S.E.M.E.) UM-Dearborn classmates Eric Hardy, CEO, and Patrick Tomina, CFO, established w3r Consulting in 1995. w3r Consulting is a national leader, providing data management and analytics, technology consulting services, and talent solutions across a diverse range of businesses and organizations including Fortune 500 companies. Hardy and Tomina have grown w3r Consulting to be a $55 million enterprise experiencing a more than 400-percent revenue increase over the past four years. The business has been recognized with honors such as Detroit’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” and Inc Magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Companies”. w3r Consulting supports many causes including The Children’s Center, STEM education, and UM-Dearborn Athletics.

Graduate of the Last Decade Alumnus of the Year

Shahad Atiya (‘11 B.A.) earned her J.D. from Wayne State University in 2016. While in law school, Atiya joined the legal team investigating the Flint Water Crisis as the only Arab American and Muslim on the team. Her past work includes addressing human rights issues and issues affecting incarcerated people, and using her skills as a native Arabic speaker to translate and compile application packets for Department of Homeland Security cases. In 2017, she established her own firm, Atiya Law, and represents clients facing deportation, family separation, and other complex issues. Atiya shared her story as the daughter of immigrants as part of the Society of Twisted Storytellers series, and hosts the podcast, "An Immigrant Girl," with her aunt, in which they discuss their experiences as immigrant women.

Alumni Service Award

Ibrahim Elmezain (‘12 M.B.A.) began his career in event technology management as an Audio-Visual Technician at Marriott Hotel where he managed a million-dollar project portfolio. After earning his M.B.A., he started his own production company, Infinity Creatives, which takes him all over the country executing corporate events and conferences. Elmezain finds time to give back to his alma mater in a plethora of ways including serving for six years as a highly involved member of the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society Board. Elmezain is a faithful mentor to UM-Dearborn students through the 30-Minute Mentor Program and our Career Planning and Development class mentoring sessions. He also volunteers in the Internship and Career Management Center taking part in mock and informational interviews.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Maya Hammoud (‘92 B.S.) is the J. Robert Willson Research Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. In the past, Hammoud has served as Assistant and Associate Deans at the University of Michigan and at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Her research in medical education, with a special focus on the use of technology in education and the role of academic coaching in learner’s development, has resulted in over 70 peer-reviewed publications and three published books. Past awards include the Clinical Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award, the Arab American and Chaldean Council Excellence in Health Care Award, and she was named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Health in 2020.


College of Business Alumnus of the Year

Dan Winey (‘82 M.B.A.) is COO and Managing Principal at Gensler, San Francisco. His 40-year career reflects his passion for design, architecture, and international business leadership. Under Winey’s leadership, Gensler expanded their presence in the Pacific Northwest and the Asia Pacific Regions, growing to over 50 international offices. He is passionate about designing livable cities, as well as sustainable building and urbanization principles, which he reinforces with his work. Winey was the lead architect on the $3 billion Shanghai Tower, a vertical city and the tallest building in China. Winey and his wife, Iris, have been faithful supporters of UM-Dearborn since 1989. In 2018, they established the Daniel and Iris Winey Endowed Scholarship fund.

College of Education, Health, and Human Services Alumnus of the Year

Kim Dabbs (‘04 M.P.A.) is a social entrepreneur, advocate, and innovator who has a passion for building a culture of opportunity as the Global Vice President of Social Innovation for Steelcase. Previously, she served as executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and led Michigan Youth Arts. Dabbs served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She was honored as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal and has received numerous awards including a Joyce Fellowship from Americans for the Arts. Today, Dabbs is based in Germany and presents internationally on social innovation and design thinking at venues such as the Guggenheim, the Aspen Institute, and TEDx.

College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumnus of the Year

Mark Ritz (‘75 M.S.E.) worked in the automotive industry for more than 35 years at Ford, Allied-Signal Automotive, Siemens Automotive, United Technologies Automotive, and Lear Corporation. His responsibilities revolved around working with advanced engineering departments to commercialize new products and technologies. As Vice-President, Business Development for Lear, Ritz oversaw 30 global joint ventures and led teams to execute dozens of corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. After retiring in 2008, Ritz’s ‘encore career’ included working for a mobility start-up company that was acquired by General Motors. He now works closely with SPARK in Ann Arbor, MI, assisting technology-based start-up companies. He is a member of the Michigan Angel Fund and has held multiple advisory roles within the University of Michigan. 

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