Associate Prof. Peter O’Mara
Class of 1999
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Bachelor of Medicine
  Richelle Parham
Class of 1991
Drexel University
BS Marketing and Design & Merchandising
  John J. Perrotti
Class of 1982
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS Business Administration-Accounting
  Michael Pomianek, Esq., Ph.D.
Class of 1988
Drexel University
BS Chemical Engineering
  Denise Rejda
Class of 1998
Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
  Rebecca Royer
Class of 1981
Kettering University
Mechanical Engineering
 
                         
  Nominated by
Professor Caroline McMillen,
President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of Newcastle, Australia

A Wiradjuri man, Peter O’Mara worked in mining before obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine in 1999; achieved Fellowship, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2003; became Associate Professor, Indigenous Health, University of Newcastle in 2007; has been President, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association since 2009. Educating and mentoring professionals to improve the health of Indigenous Australians and working with Indigenous health services are his passions; in national recognition, in 2010 he received an Australian “Deadly Award for Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health”. His academic, professional and community work combines ideally for the Hall of Fame.

 

  Nominated by
President John Fry
Drexel University

As Chief Marketing Officer of eBay North America, Ms. Parham leverages her background in consumer and digital marketing to develop strategies and execute all marketing activities to reach 100+ million active eBay users. She credits her co-op experience at GFT with fashion icon Valentino for her attention to detail and recognizing the importance of developing new skills. She serves on the Board of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. In 2012, she received a Women of Influence Award by the Silicon Valley/SanJose Business Journal, and in 2011, she was named a Top 12 Innovator of Marketing and Advertising by Black Enterprise Magazine.

 

  Nominated by
Dr. William W. Destler, President
Rochester Institute of Technology

Mr. Perrotti is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gleason Corporation, the world’s leading provider of gear manufacturing solutions. He began his career with Gleason in 1986 and has served in his current role since 2005. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Operations. Prior to joining Gleason, Perrotti worked for KPMG. Mr. Perrotti has a MBA from the University of Rochester; is a member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association and the Association for Manufacturing Technology; and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Hardinge, Inc.

 

  Nominated by
President John Fry
Drexel University

Dr. Pomianek is a shareholder attorney at the law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks PC. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution, opinion work, due diligence and intellectual property counseling. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Pomianek held industrial chemical engineering positions with Rohm & Haas, Dow Chemical, and General Electric. He has been named one of the Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in the field of intellectual property law. He holds an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a JD from Suffolk University. His doctoral research involved the design, construction, and testing of an immunoaffinity membrane-based device for selective blood cell separation via cell immobilization and release from the membrane.

 

  Nominated by
Professor Michael Clements, University Professor of Industry Engaged Learning
Swinburne University of Technology

Denise Rejda, New Energy Development Manager at Mecrus Group, graduated from Swinburne University of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical). Through her degree, Ms Rejda completed a one-year Industry-Based Learning (IBL) placement at Holden, a placement which allowed her to become the first female to join the Body Structures Group at Holden and to break new ground in the male-dominated engineering industry. Later, she was the first female to work in engineering at Pivot Limited, the first female to manage Aftersales Readiness at Holden and the first woman to be recruited into an Asset and Site Management role at Mecrus Group. Denise values student development as has continually supported Swinburne’s students by enlisting them for industry projects and IBL positions. She now forms part of the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Science’s Industry Advisory Committee and is a valued Alumni and Industry Partner.
  Nominated by
Dr. Robert K. McMahan, President
Kettering University

Rebecca Royer is the Founder of BayTech Corporation, a green technology company. Baytech is a leader in engineering high performance Compressed Natural Gas fuel injection systems for GM vehicles and vehicles that meet stringent EPA and emissions standards. Rebecca began her career in 1976 as a GMI co-op student working at Pontiac Motors. She has donated equipment and time at Kettering University and served as a role model for students interested in green technology. She earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University/GMI, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a MBA from UC Berkley.