Spring 2006

Anne Stevens encourages female scholars at Luce Scholarship Reception

Anne Stevens
Anne Stevens at UDM's Clare Booth Luce Scholarship Reception, March 14.

Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Americas Anne Stevens was the keynote speaker at University of Detroit Mercy's Clare Booth Luce Scholarship Reception, March 14. During her talk, Stevens encouraged young people, in particular women, to study the hard sciences—math, engineering and the sciences.

"The need for young women in the sciences and engineering is an extremely real need," says Stevens. She noted that less than 10 percent of America's engineers are women.

"We're going to be in trouble in our country if we don't feed the intellectual pipeline and produce the next wave of scientists and engineers," Stevens adds. "America's young people need to be encouraged to study the hard sciences so we can compete along with the rest of the world and remain the intellectual center of the world."

Stevens has the distinction of being both the first female executive vice president and the first female plant manager in Europe at Ford. She has previously served as group vice president for Canada, Mexico and South America, vice president for North America Vehicle Operations, and as vice president of North America Assembly Operations.

In 2004, Stevens was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering and honored with a distinguished service citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. She has been named four times to Fortune magazine's list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" and was named by Automotive News as a 2005 "Leading Woman in the North American Automotive Industry." In 2006, Motor Trend nominated her to the "Power List" of the top 50 people in the automotive industry. Stevens was one of just two women to make the list.

At the reception, UDM Luce Scholars Lindsey Macomber and Amie Hinshaw discussed their undergraduate research projects. The Clare Booth Luce Program provides full tuition, room and board for female students completing their junior and senior years of study in Mathematics and Computer Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. This program affords students the opportunity to engage in professional development, research, and writing, as well as peer mentoring.

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