Trine University honored three distinguished graduates with alumni awards during its
annual Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Oct. 1.
Ned Haylett of Sturgis, Michigan, a 1972 mechanical engineering alumnus, was honored
with the Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is given each
year to an alumnus or alumna who has performed outstanding service to society in his
or her profession, personal achievement or community; and who has manifest interest
in Trine University and has supported it by contributions of time, talent and money;
by recruitment of students; or by placement of graduates.
Since graduating from Trine, Haylett has served on numerous boards, including serving
as president of the board for the Sturgis Area Chamber, Trine’s Alumni Association
and Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services. He is a regular supporter of Trine’s Scholarship
Gala and the Books & Beyond program, and is a member of the Legacy Society and often
participates in regional and local alumni events.
Carl Tilmann of Dayton, Ohio, a 1987 aeronautical engineering alumnus, received the
Outstanding Achievement Award, given each year to an alumnus or alumna who has attained
a high level of achievement in his or her profession, is well thought of in his or
her community, and who upholds the ideals of Trine University.
Currently serving as aerodynamics competency lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory
at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Tilmann has published seven journal articles,
multiple U.S. Air Force technical reports, more than 40 conference papers and a book
chapter. He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington
University Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Services, NASA Langley Research
Center, followed by a doctoral degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Garrett Day of Jackson, Michigan, a 2009 civil engineering alumnus and 2021 Master
of Science in organizational leadership graduate, was honored with the Outstanding
Young Alumni Award. The award is presented to an alumnus or alumna 40 years of age
or younger who the Alumni Board and university administration recognizes as an accomplished
professional and role model in their chosen career, community activism and active
support of Trine University.
Day currently is a Transition Line Engineer at Commonwealth Associates in Jackson,
Michigan, where he has worked since interning at the company in 2007. He is a presence
around campus for alumni and scholarship events, and he regularly donates to Trine’s
Reiners Department of Civil and Environment Engineering. Recently, he was named the
Statewide Young Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.
He serves that organization at the state level, and is also president of its Jackson
In 2018, he was inducted into the Trine Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2008
football team, which had a perfect regular season and earned an MIAA championship.