University of Michigan Alumni Association

30 Minute Mentors Bios

Below are the alumni mentors for the Friday, November 7th 30 Minute Mentors Session at the Lurie Engineering Center on North Campus. Students can register for a maximum of 2 meetings.


Scott Withers, ’87 MFA, HKS- Creative Services Manager

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 Professional Experience/Highlights: 25 year career in graphic- and architectural design with preeminent national and global design firms. Currently Creative Services Manager at HKS, Inc., a global architectural firm with 27 offices worldwide specializing in 13 different practice areas and notable for such designs as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and the upcoming Red Wings Stadium. Responsible for communications strategy and collateral.

Community Activities: Design Fellowship organizer within our corporation, giving designers real world, hands-on experience solving real world problems.

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Kimberly Lennex, ’10 BFA, Quack!Media- Art Director

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Professional Experience/Highlights: I've been working professionally as a designer for six years. I have experience working with clients such as TheRide, Cranbrook Schools, BTB, Cantina, Charley's, the Port of Long Beach, and many more.

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Mike Wojan, ’14 BS Social Computing Informatics, University of Michigan ITS- UX Analyst

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Professional Experience/Highlights: Website development, human-computer interaction, design, business system analysis

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Nick Capicotto, ’11 MS Engineering, Ford Motor Company- Powertrain Integration Program Manager

Professional Experience/Highlights: At Ford, ensures all new powertrain parts are properly integrated into each test build vehicle. Troubleshoots powertrain related inconsistencies and issues as the primary point of contact between the build, program, and engineering groups. Works with design engineers, marketing, test planners, and others to ensure program timeline is maintained. At Caterpillar, Developed a new standard procedure to govern warranty payouts for total loss and rebuilt products and established core product inspection forms for a newly released <$500,000 mobile device application

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Anne-Marie Kim, ’04 BFA, Genui Graphic Design- Owner  

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Professional Experience/Highlights: A wide range of web & graphic design projects for clients including The Hope Foundation, Center for Automotive Research, Michigan Municipal League, Gelli Arts, The University of Michigan, & NextEnergy. As Creative Director for Continental Services, I’ve also worked with clients such as Google, Quicken, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Ford, GM, & Chrysler. This variety of projects has provided an opportunity to keep the creative process fun and exciting for my team and me.

Community Activities: Memberships: AAACTA Board & AIGA Member. The Henry Ford and Detroit Institute of Arts Sponsor & Global Giving Donor. Activities: USTA League Competitive Tennis (4.0 rating). Photography: Digital and traditional. Languages: Conversational French and Spanish.

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Tia Sutton, ’00 BSEAS ENG, U.S Environmental Protection Agency- Regulatory Engineer   

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Professional Experience/Highlights: Drafting and implementing fuels regulations for EPA rulemakings including the Diesel Fuel, RFS, and Tier 3 Gasoline programs. One-year Hill Fellowship in Senator Carl Levin's office.

Community Activities: Ann Arbor Concert Band, high school and youth field hockey, Michigan Engineering Alumni Board, mentoring

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Ray Pittman , ’67 BSEME, '68 MSE ENG RACK, Ford Motor Company - Retired

Professional Experience/Highlights: Gained over 33 years of experience as an international consultant for Ford Motor Company. Served as executive director of Powertrain for Ford Europe from 1998 until his retirement in 2002. Currently serving as a special advisor to the chief executive of Coherix, a privately held Ann Arbor firm specializing in three-dimensional machine vision.

Community Activities: In 2007, he and his son RJ Pittman established the Raymond A. Pittman Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of Ray’s father and RJ’s grandfather, who earned a joint bachelor’s degree from U-M in 1942 in both mechanical and aerospace engineering. Ray and RJ created the fund in order to carry on Raymond’s passion for motivating young people to pursue a university education.

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Charlie Yuan, ’00 AB LSA- Workday, Senior Product Manager

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Professional Experience/Highlights: SaaS enterprise application development

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