Two ME alums honored at Engineers' Day
wo mechanical engineering alumni received honors at this year’s Engineer’s Day event on Oct. 13. The awards honor alumni who have contributed to the field in their post-academic careers.
Early-Career Acheivement Award:
Christine M. Schyvinck
Executive vice president for global marketing and sales,
SHURE Inc., Niles, Illinois (BS ’89)
Within a decade of earning her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Christine Schyvinck made the transition from engineer to executive at Shure, Inc., an Illinois-based company that makes professional-grade wired and wireless microphones and sound systems. Due in part to Schyvinck’s leadership, Shure corporate growth has reached nearly 50 percent in the last three years.
Schyvinck began work at the company as a quality control engineer, later becoming manager of process development engineering and vice president of quality. For four years, she was executive vice president of operations and in March, became executive vice president of marketing and sales, covering Shure’s global territories. Schyvinck was instrumental in opening Shure manufacturing facilities in China and continues to play a key role in implementing its long-term strategic business plan. Currently, she manages Shure business units in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, South and Central America, and the United States, and is responsible for marketing functions such as communications and research.
Distinguished Acheivement Award:
Jan R. Acker
President and CEO,
Placon Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin (BS ’76)
As president and CEO of thermoformed packaging manufacturer Placon Corporation, Jan Acker is determined to keep the 500-employee company independent and thriving. While in recent years the nation’s plastics industry has been challenged, Placon has more than doubled company sales in less than five years and raised the company’s sales ranking in the thermoforming industry from No. 27 to No. 17. Acker’s strategy to make Placon a top-10 industry company by 2010 includes expanding operations to China, growing existing retail business and expanding into the food and medical markets, starting a research and development department that includes an alliance with the Polymer Engineering Center, and expanding Placon into the U.S. Southwest and Northeast.