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OU alum makes waves in Washington
For a man who survived 1999s “perfect storm” aboard a Belgian cargo ship, navigating the political waters of Washington, D.C., isn’t all that daunting. In fact, John Jamian, CAS ’77, finds the capital’s waters just right. In May, President George W. Bush appointed Jamian deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. In his new role, Jamian assists in leading operations for the 850-person agency, including the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and oversees issues concerning the Great Lakes, inland waterways such as the Mississippi River, deepwater ports and segments of the Marine Transportation System initiative.
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Engineering pioneer makes roads a safer place to be
Somewhere today an airbag went off and protected a body from harm. And Thomas Vos, SECS ’64, saved another life. For more than three decades, Vos worked to perfect airbag and seatbelt technology. In 2002, “Design News” rewarded his groundbreaking efforts by naming him Engineer of the Year. In appreciation for his years at Oakland University, Vos donated his $25,000 prize toward scholarship support in OU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.
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SBA grad elected to Michigan Legislature
As the daughter of a Greek immigrant, Fran Amos, SBA ’80, had the ideals of a strong work ethic and a desire to serve the community ingrained in her from an early age. They were a large part of what propelled this OU graduate to Michigan’s state Legislature last November after a dogged campaign that included ringing some 24,000 doorbells.
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