Alumni Honored

Two graduates of the Smull College of Engineering were among those who received Distinguished Alumni Awards during a banquet on May 30.

The awards, given by the University’s Alumni Association to recognize outstanding service and loyalty, were presented to Kevin Freese, BSME ’84, and Scott Shutt, BSEE ’83. The banquet was part of Northern’s 2015 Alumni Weekend, held May 29-31.

Freese, a 1984 ONU mechanical engineering graduate, is the chairman and CEO of Affordable Living Spaces Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio. His company focuses on revitalization, re-purposing and renewal of distressed and abandoned real estate throughout Cuyahoga County. Prior to this position, he was the chairman and CEO of Bridge Development Group Ltd. He was the vice president of Worldwide Government Programs for TUG Technologies Corporation. He also has held leadership roles with General Electric Medical Systems, Siemens Medical Solutions, and World Toy Alliance.

Freese earned a Master of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and he is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Management Course in Fort Belvoir, Va. Freese served in the United States Air Force from 1984-96, earning the rank of captain.

During his military career, Freese led the design, development and manufacturing of billions of dollars of complex aircraft and aerospace systems. His expertise in the area led to him overseeing all functions of General Electric Aircraft Engine’s military production for all F-16, F-14, F-4, KC-135, and B-2 aircraft as well as marine class engines in U.S. Navy destroyers. Freese also served on a special task force under the secretary of defense to reform and analyze best practices for efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process.

In the community, Freese serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Lake Health Foundation. During his tenure as a member of the Board, he and his team have had record years of giving to the Lake Health Foundation. He has served as president of John Carroll University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Advisory Board, and he has served as a trustee for Project Home for the Homeless in Lake County. He supported Lake Erie College as an entrepreneur in residence and SIFE Sam Walton fellow, coaching SIFE to its first regional competition. He is a member of the Willoughby Lodge, a member of the Ancient Accepted Order of Scottish Rite, and a past member of the Agape Outreach Ministry at Cleveland State.

Freese was asked to join the College of Engineering Advisory Board in 2003, and he has served as its chair since 2012. He is the co-chair of the Campaign for Engineering: Building Impact at ONU. Freese and his wife, Kim, are members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society.

Shutt earned a degree in electrical engineering from ONU in 1983. Shutt was a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the concert and symphonic bands during his time at ONU. He also was a member of Student Senate, Tau Beta Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honorary on campus. After graduating, Shutt joined the family business as a member of the Kewpee Hamburgers team.

Shutt is the vice chair of the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation and a board member for Allen County Public Health. He has served on the Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council. The Shutt family has sponsored the annual ONU Holiday Spectacular for the last 20 years with performances in Lima and at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Shutt and his wife, Terri, have been married for 29 years and they have two children, Emily Shutt, BSBA ’13, an Ohio Northern graduate, and Samuel, a student at Ohio State University.