2013 Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award: Shani Allison, Member of SWE – Detroit

Shani Allison, Member of the Society of Women Engineers – Detroit Section Receives Penn State’s Highest Alumni Honor.

On January 18, 2013, Penn State University announced the recipients for their Distinguished Alumni Award.  Among the recipients is Shani Allison, member of the Society of Women Engineers – Detroit Section and National Society of Black Engineers – Detroit Alumni Extension.  Shani is an active member of SWE and NSBE, especially in the Detroit area.  She has a knack for bringing people together and creating synergy in the community.  One area where Ms. Allison was instrumental was organizing an outstanding program for a parents and educators during the Detroit Section’s staple Outreach Event: Girls Engineering Exploration (GEE). It is a one day event to mentor and expose girls in the Detroit school system to engineering.  So while the girls get to design and build, the parents and educators have the opportunity to learn about available resources to enable the girls to pursue engineering as well as complete one of the planned engineering task.

 In 1951, the Trustees of Penn State created a Distinguished Alumni Award for the purpose of recognizing and saluting the achievements of their most outstanding alumni.  The award, in the form of a medallion and framed certificate, is presented annually to Penn State alumni “whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater” and is the highest order of the recognition by the University.

Ms. Allison will receive her award at Penn State during a formal dinner on Saturday evening, June 1, 2013. 

 Ms. Allison is a SWE and NSBE member as well as a Penn State Alunni Life Member and is a program management analyst for the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich. 

Congratulations Shani!


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