Gold Award Reception

ESD Gold Award Reception & Recognition

March 20, 2024
Tapestry, 24580 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48075

5:30 p.m. Strolling Reception
6:45 p.m.  Awards Program

2024 Gold Award Honoree: James Boileau, PhD (biography below), nominated by ASM International Detroit Chapter
2024 Ann O. Fletcher Award for Distinguished Service: Sharan Kalwani
and Featuring Individual Affiliate Society Awards

Join the ESD Affiliated Technical Societies as we come together to honor and recognize its leaders – engineers, scientists and technical professionals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievement and service within their respective societies.

Hosted by The Engineering Society of Detroit and its Affiliate Council, the event will feature a presentation by this year’s Gold Award winner. This award is given annually to an individual who is collectively upheld by the council for his or her outstanding contributions to the fields of science and engineering.

Please register by March 6, 2024; late registrations will only be accepted if space is available.

$65 per person; 5 reservations or more $60 per person through March 6, 2024.
$80 per person; 5 reservations or more $75 per person March 7 – 18, 2024.
Cost Includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

To Register: Register online by using the link to the right, or contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119, or


James M. Boileau, PhD, FASM

James Boileau is currently Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Division of Engineering Technology within the College of Engineering at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI.)  In this role, he is helping develop the curriculum and courses for the BS in Welding and Metallurgical Technology degree.  This innovative degree  allows students with an associate degree in welding to increase their metallurgical knowledge, opening up opportunities for professional advancement in Engineering activities and organizations.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Boileau was employed for over 30 years at Ford Motor Company, where he was the Technical Expert for Materials/leader of the Fastener, Joining, and Materials technology team for the Electrified Powertrain Engineering Operations.  In addition, he was the team leader of the Advance Materials Characterization Group at the Ford Research and Innovation Center.  In his career at Ford, Dr. Boileau focused his efforts in the areas of the lightweight materials for ICE & EV powertrain and chassis components, as well as the failure analysis of automotive metallic materials.

Dr. Boileau has authored over 200 papers and reports, ten edited works, and given over 100 presentations; he has 22 patents and has transitioned multiple technologies from the research stage into production vehicles.

Dr. Boileau is a member of ASM, AFS, AWS, and SAE.  He has been on the Executive Boards of ASM-Detroit (13 years), The Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (9 years), and the Detroit-Windsor Chapter of AFS (3 years.).  He was elected a Fellow of ASM International in 2018.   Dr. Boileau has been an adjunct faculty member of Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Lawrence Technical University, and Michigan Technological University; he was advisor/co-advisor to 9 PhD and 1 MS theses and well as multiple undergraduate senior projects.  He has a BS, MS, and PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science, all from Wayne State University.