2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards


2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Klosterman

Recipient: Albert L. Klosterman PhD, ME ’65, ’68, ’71

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors CEAS Distinguished Alumni whose career reflect the college's commitment to excellence, achievement and service.

For his exceptional contribution to the Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) and his instrumental role in addressing product and life cycle data management needs within industry.

Dr. Albert Klosterman received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Right after his graduation from his bachelor’s program in 1965, Al began instructing at UC while pursuing his doctorate degree. In conjunction with his academic and instructional responsibilities, Al consulted with the Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (also known as SDRC) part-time before heading its technical development organization in 1970. Al’s dissertation in dynamic system simulation became the core technology for SDRC’s early software for “System Dynamic Analysis” and “Modal Analysis.” It was in his role with SDRC that allowed him to change the way the world approached mechanical engineering.

A visionary who foresaw the industry’s move toward a “paperless” environment, Al believed physical drawings would eventually become obsolete. He understood and leveraged 3D modeling, and was credited with generating research and recommendations that helped lead trends in the computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) industry. Despite resistance from members of this industry, Al envisioned what the mathematical model known as the Non-Uniform Rational Basis Spline (NURBS) would impact and committed to making this model a keystone methodology for the industry.

Under Al’s management, SDRC built the Data Management and Control System in the mid 1980’s as a system that has now grown into one of the market’s leading Product Lifecycle Management products.

To date, Al is actively involved in the Education and Entrepreneurial Communities and Board of Director positions at SDRC. Members of the industry have come to respect Al has a pioneer, a leader, and a visionary. His contribution to industry is a true reflection of the college’s commitment to excellence, achievement, and service.


2016 Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award


Recipient: Mohammad Ehteshami, ME ’85

The Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumni Award is named for Dean Herman Schneider whose influence shaped the development of the College of Engineering dating back to the invention of the co-op program in 1906.

For his dedication to the field of Engineering and his extraordinary perseverance in pursuit of his goals.

Mr. Mohammad Ehteshami carries over 30 years of experience at GE Aviation where he began as a design engineer in 1984. Last week, he was chosen as Vice President, Additive Integration, a new business that will serve the needs of GE’s internal and external customers.  In his previous role as the Vice President and General Manager of Engineering, he oversaw the design, development, certification, and field services of the Commercial and Military engines. Mohammad’s journey to becoming an engineer is a story where perseverance and grit serve as a cornerstone. It began with a young boy from a tiny desert village in Iran whose odds were to grow up farming pistachios. Mohammad’s mother, to whom Mohammad credits much of his success, insisted that he make planes. In his pursuit of an engineering education and against all odds, Mohammad traveled from Iran and left footprints in Boston and Virginia before settling in Cincinnati to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

It should be no surprise that he would attain success as a graduate student. One example came in the form of a patent in the Omnidirectional Vision System for Controlling Mobile Machines, filed by Mohammad and emeritus professor, Dr. Ernest Hall, in 1986.

A strong believer of finding satisfaction in a career, Mohammad chose not to settle after his graduation from the University of Cincinnati. He worked 3 different jobs before he found GE, a place he calls “home.” At GE, Mohammad held several engineering positions and excelled at managerial responsibilities. His strong leadership allowed him and his teams to execute and deliver satisfaction to GE’s consumers each time. The pursuit of perfection however, does not come without its ups and downs. Deadlines and technical challenges often served as humbling moments of learning, accompanied by many nights of lost sleep.

Mohammad exemplifies what Dean Herman Schneider, inventor of the co-op program, always looked for in his students – the resolution to pursue experience, knowledge, and excellence that will equip them for challenges that rise within the industry.


2016 Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award

brady hill

Recipient: Brady Hill, CM ’99

The Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumni Award is an inaugural award established in 2010 to honor alumni of the technology programs.

For his outstanding achievements, experience in Construction Management, and ongoing commitment to the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Mr. Brady Hill’s professional success can be traced back to his life as a student in his hometown of Centerville, Ohio. Brady’s passion for building and strong work ethic were obvious as early as his middle school years, when he began his first job working with a homebuilder in Centerville.  That passion stayed strong throughout high school as Brady studied wood shop and architecture under teacher Don Justice – a teacher who quickly became one of Brady’s first mentors in the construction industry. After seeing the potential of his young high school student, Mr. Justice offered Brady an apprenticeship in home remodeling during his freshman year, and was so impressed by his student’s work that he kept Brady employed up through his senior year at Centerville High School. Whether or not he knew it at the time, those years came to define Brady as an early adult, and played a tremendous role in his choice of degree. His experiences sparked a life-long devotion to the construction industry, and soon after high school Brady joined the Construction Management Program at the University of Cincinnati.

Brady was rewarded with the College of Applied Science and Math Scholarship for noteworthy academic performance as a freshmen at UC. He also caught the attention of multiple professors, including Professors George Suckarieh and Greg Sizemore, both of whom mentored Brady during his time as a student.

Anyone who knows Brady recognizes his drive to excel and his leadership spirit. Outside of his regular coursework, Brady committed his time to two organizations, UC’s Construction Student Association (CSA) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Being a devoted member to these organizations, Brady often traveled to events in different parts of the country. One ABC event took him to Orlando, Florida where he was first introduced to Helix Electric. To date, he has gained 26 years of construction experience, 15 of which he acquired during his time with Helix Electric, spearheading several technological advancements and operational efficiency measures at the organization.

Like all leaders in industry, Brady’s career required a significant amount of devotion, both professionally and individually. He has relocated 8 times with his wife, Christina, and they now reside in San Diego with their 2 children and are heavily involved with their children’s sport teams. Brady remains an active member of the UC Industrial Advisory Board and ABC – San Diego chapter, serving as Chair of the Legislative and Political Actions Committees since 2012. He currently holds the Director position for 2016. A successful professional who recognizes the value of experienced-based learning, Brady continues to be heavily involved in the college’s co-op program, attending UC career fairs since 1999 and actively recruiting students from the Construction Management program. Brady’s ongoing commitment to the college is what we hope for in all of our graduates.


2016 Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award

phil holloman

Recipient: J. Phillip Holloman, CE ‘78

The Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumni Award is named for Dean Herman Schneider whose influence shaped the development of the College of Engineering dating back to the invention of the co-op program in 1906.

For his distinguished leadership, foresight, and wealth of experience in the field of Civil Engineering.

Mr. J. Phillip Holloman is a man who knows what he wants, sets his goals, and pursues them with determination. In less than 20 years, Phillip found his way to the top of his profession.

After graduating from UC with his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Phillip accepted a position with his co-op employer, Proctor & Gamble. Always one to pursue opportunities with zeal, Phillip’s enthusiasm and capabilities were quickly recognized, allowing him to undertake different responsibilities, first as a project manager at P&G and then as a project director with two other companies that held close working relationships with key P&G products. It didn’t take long before he was directing three large business units and overseeing key processes.

In 1996, Cintas approached Phillip to take on the position as Vice President of Engineering and Construction, right as the organization was looking to expand its geographic footprint. Phillip accepted the offer and within a 4-year period, he oversaw the engineering and construction of 34 new plants in the United States and Canada. He placed not only himself in the optimal position for success, but others who worked alongside him. With no doubt, Phillip was a true leader and team player.

U.S. Army veteran and best-selling author J.R. Martinez once said that “it is important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not accustomed to.” Phillip did just that. He branched out from his comfort zone in engineering and took on the role of Vice President of Distribution and Production Planning. His leadership of the 7 distribution centers and 2 production planning groups that were underperforming encouraged Cintas to rethink its problem-solving methodology. Under Phillip’s guidance and Cintas’ implementation of Six Sigma, business units across the organization experienced an increase in growth. To date, Phillip has been with Cintas Corp for two decades, currently in his 9th year as President and Chief Operating Officer.

It is Phillip’s belief that diversity takes on many forms that include not only gender and race, but also ideas, cultures, and opinions. As a founding member of UC’s Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, he recognizes and encourages these differing views and perspectives as he believes they will add much value to the discussion of our shared future.  This pursuit of diversity is an important tradition for Phillip, one that he feels will lead us to a broader understanding of the world at large. And, much like Dean Herman Schneider, Phillip continues to work to bring individuals together, to create and foster opportunities for our next generation of leaders.