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Defazio receives ATMAE Innovation Award 

Morehead State University alumnus Steven Defazio was recognized as the Industry Innovation Award recipient at the 2013 Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) National Conference in New Orleans, La.

He is a two-time MSU graduate. He has a Bachelor of Science degree ('96) and a Master of Science degree (’01) in industrial technology.

Defazio has made significant contributions to MSU’s Department of AET since graduation by providing industry insight and curriculum enhancements to stay consistent with industry trends. He has served on the AET advisory board for more than 10 years and one year as chair.

ATMAE's committee selected Defazio as this year’s award recipient based on his innovation, demonstrated leadership and superior performance, through the creation and management of technology and the effective management of resources, to benefit a business enterprise and society.

The president of Kyosan Denso pointed out that due to Defazio’s exemplified leadership, the company was able to minimize losses while contributing to productivity enhancement through process improvements based on TPS principles. This was especially notable during the economic downturn in 2008-09 and aftermath of the Japan disaster in 2011 when production volume was down.

Defazio has been promoted three times in a five year period while at Kyosan Denso. He started with the company in 2008 as the manufacturing manager, promoted in 2010 as senior manager and then to vice president of operations and engineering in 2012.


From left, Dr. Bill Hallock, chair of the ATMAE board of directors,
Steve Defazio, and Royall Mack, NIAC representative.


Nadeera Ekanayake
Nadeera Ekanayake, from Sri Lanka, is a graduate student in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology(SLIIT). She has more than 3 years of industrial experience working as a software engineer for an ERP software development company. Nadeera joined MSU in spring 2012 and works as a graduate assistant in the AET department.

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