Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2013
Dr. Paul Cohen gives a speech at the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award luncheon.

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2013

ISE welcomes its Distinguished Alumnus Award Winners for 2013

On November 15th, the ISE Department had the great honor and pleasure of inducting three new members into its fraternity of Distinguished Alumni. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor that the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering can bestow upon any alumnus. It’s given to department alumni whose contributions to their profession, community, and the department, college and/or university are notable and merit special recognition.

This year’s class consisted of William C. Burton, class of 1983 and 1988; Jay Paschall, class of 1983; and Caroline Reda, class of 1993. Surrounded by their families, friends and former professors, the inductees shared their prospective on what it takes to pursue your dreams and achieve success. The ISE Department would like to welcome its newest members and wish them continued success in the future.

 

William C. Burton
William C. Burton

William C. Burton is Assistant Vice-President of Duke University Health System. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1983. Upon graduation, he joined Premier, Inc. in Charlotte where he served as a management engineering consultant, supporting hospitals in North and South Carolina. While continuing to work full-time at Premier, he returned to NC State to pursue his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering; a degree he received in 1988.

In 1993, William joined Duke University Hospital where he led the development of the Performance Services Office for Duke University Health System. Performance Services is a diverse group of engineers, analysts and nurses dedicated to the measurement, monitoring and improvement of organizational performance. Today, the office consists of 50 professionals providing support to all entities in the Health System including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Specialty Practices and Duke Primary Care. William is also active professionally, speaking and organizing conferences and symposia.

 

Jay Paschall
Jay Paschall

Jay Paschall is the National Sales Manager for Century Furniture Industries in Hickory, North Carolina. Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a Furniture Manufacturing and Management concentration in 1983. At Century, he is responsible for a large sales force and is involved with strategic planning as it relates to sales, merchandizing, product development and marketing.

Jay began his career with Baker Furniture Company as a sales representative. He later joined the Hickory Chair Company where he rose from Regional Sales Manager to Director of Marketing, and then finally Director of Wood Product Development. The next step in his career took him to Baker, Knapp and Tubbs where he was the Director of New Product Development and Merchandizing. Before accepting his current position with Century, Jay was the Vice President for Sales and Product Development for Kindel Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Caroline Reda
Caroline Reda

Caroline Reda currently serves as President and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) in 2010. She is responsible for leading a billion dollar nuclear business that consists of 3,000 employees and manufacturing, service and sales facilities around the globe. Caroline also manages the joint venture between the General Electric and Hitachi. Prior to her current position, Caroline served as President and CEO of GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies and has also served as President and CEO of GE Energy Parts, Inc., a global organization providing parts for GE’s fleet of power generation equipment. She has also held leadership roles in New Product Introduction, Quality, and Plant Operations including serving as Chief Operating Officer for Global Nuclear Fuels Americas, LLC.

Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1993. In addition, she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Caroline plays a prominent role in industry organizations, including moderating and participating in many panels and thought-leadership discussions. She currently sits on the board of directors of the World Nuclear Association and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and also serves on NEI’s Executive Steering Committee which sets broad policy for the industry.