Power management company Eaton announced that Kyle Croes, a former co-op
student who was hired as a full-time Eaton employee in May, has won the
2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers' James W. Barany Student Award
for Excellence. Croes received the award June 2 at IIE's annual
conference in Montreal, Canada.
Kyle Croes won the 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers' James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence. Eaton hired Croes, a former co-op student, in May as part of the Supply Chain Management team for the company's Truck North America operations in Galesburg, Michigan. (Photo: Business Wire)
The award is presented annually to one undergraduate student in North
America for distinguished service to industrial engineering through
excellence in scholarship and campus leadership.
"We are extremely proud of Kyle for receiving this award," said John
Beering, senior vice president and general manager of Eaton's Commercial
Vehicle Transmission Business. "Kyle is an exemplary young engineer with
tremendous dedication and vision. His unique blend of technical,
business and communications skills will serve him well throughout his
Croes recently was hired to work as part of the Supply Chain Management
team for Eaton's Trck North America operations. He had previously
worked at Eaton as a co-op student while attending Western Michigan
University. During his co-op with Eaton, Croes worked on the launch of
the company's new fuel-efficient Fuller Advantage™ Series automated
transmission and he was part of an international sourcing team that
helped improve program efficiencies and reduce costs for another
"I have already worked on several exciting projects for Eaton and look
forward to many other innovative opportunities with the company," Croes
said. "It's a great environment for me to apply my industrial
engineering training and learn from my co-workers. Everyone at Eaton has
been very friendly and helpful."
In addition to his work at Eaton, Croes was recognized by IIE for
several other accomplishments. His engineering work includes developing
a new production line for a medical device company, enhancing the
logistics of a grain mill and redesigning a distillery's facility
layout. While a member of the Detroit Symphony Youth Ensemble, Croes
also invented a unique guitar-stringing tool.
Croes served as co-chair of the 2014 IIE Great Lakes Region Student
Conference, was a member of engineering honorary Tau Beta Pi and was the
president of the WMU chapter of Alpha Pi Mu, which is the national
industrial engineering honor society. He graduated from Western Michigan
in April with a degree in industrial engineering. Croes also earned a
Six Sigma "Green Belt" through IIE.
Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that
provides leadership for the application, education, training, research
and development of industrial engineering. Members are rooted in the
sciences of engineering, the analysis of systems and the management of
A renowned researcher and educator, Dr. Jim Barany earned a bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Note Dame, a
master's degree from Purdue University as part of the school's first
industrial engineering program, and a doctorate from Purdue. He went on
to teach at Purdue for more than 50 years and was an active member of
IIE, influencing and guiding thousands of engineers throughout his
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion.
Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers
effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more
efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 101,000
employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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