DEARBORN - Shani Allison mentors young women and minorities who are considering a major in engineering. She tells them, “If you’re willing to work hard, then being an engineer is a reachable goal.” Allison, a project management analyst at Ford’s Product Development Center, speaks from experience.
Allison decided in high school to follow in her father’s footsteps and study engineering. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Penn State recently honored Allison with The Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding contributions to the university’s engineering community and for championing diversity and technical excellence. The Award is the highest honor given to an outstanding alumna or alumnus.
“Receiving this prestigious award from my alma mater means so much to me. I am humbled and honored to receive this award. I will always cherish my days at Penn State even more,” said Allison.
Allison has served on Penn State’s College of Engineering Advisory Board for Engineering Diversity since 2002, including a two-term year as chair. She has been a design judge, distinguished-career participant, panelist, and leadership team member for Penn State’s WEP orientation, and a panelist for the MEP orientation.
In March 2013, she received the Penn State Engineering Diversity Award in recognition of her years of leadership and mentoring to WEP and MEP students, inspiring them to become world-class engineers.
Allison is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.