Thomas J. Malott
For his outstanding record of achievement in the fields of engineering, marketing, and management, the Schools of Engineering are proud to present, for the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, Thomas J. Malott.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Mr. Malott worked for several firms after graduation including the Ross Gear and Tool Co., where he was a Cooperative Education Program participant as an undergraduate. During the early years of his career he received numerous patents in hydraulic control and instrumentation technology, many of which defined state-of-the art trends in those fields. In 1969 he completed a master's degree in business administration at Western Michigan University, and shortly thereafter joined Parker-Hannifin Corp. where he held a number of management positions including vice president, operations, Fluid Power Group. In the early '80s he served in several executive positions with Ransburg Corp., including president and chief operating officer, before joining Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens AG, in 1986. Since October of 1990 Mr. Malott has been president and chief executive officer of the 1$ billion company, which manufactures a broad range of electrical and electronic products from residential circuit breakers to large-scale automation equipment for manufacturing.
His advice for the first-year engineering student:
"I strongly recommend cooperative engineering education programs because they really provide insights into how groups and technical organizations work--how people's strengths and weaknesses mesh in a group. It's an invaluable experience."