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DATE: April 11, 2006

Speakers set for April commencement

DEARBORN---Former Ford Motor Co. group vice president of global manufacturing Roman J. Krygier and Anthony Viscogliosi, co-founder and principal of Viscogliosi Bros. LLC, will be the featured speakers at commencement ceremonies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on April 30.

Krygier will speak at the morning ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m., for graduates of the campus's School of Management and College of Engineering and Computer Science. Viscogliosi will speak in the afternoon ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m., for graduates of the School of Education and College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. Both ceremonies will be held in the Fieldhouse on the UM-Dearborn campus.

Krygier

Krygier retired from Ford in November after more than 41 years with the company. He began his career at Ford as a trainee foreman at the Chicago Stamping Plant in 1964 and worked his way up the ranks, holding numerous management positions in manufacturing, including production manager of the Dearborn Stamping Plant and manufacturing manager of the Woodhaven Stamping Plant.

Prior to his retirement, Krygier served as group vice president of Ford's global manufacturing. Prior to that, Krygier had been vice president of Powertrain Operations for Ford Automotive Operations and was vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering of Ford Automotive Operations from November 1997 through December 1998.

Krygier received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University in 1964. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow and received a master's degree in management in 1974.

Viscogliosi

An alumnus of the campus, Viscogliosi has spent his career researching, developing and building companies that specialize in innovative products for the musculoskeletal industry.

A former Wall Street analyst, Viscogliosi established Viscogliosi Bros. LLC in 1999 with his younger brothers John and Marc. The enterprise, which offers an internship program for UM-Dearborn students, includes investment banking, asset management, private equity development, orthopedic services and real estate holdings. Viscogliosi also seeks out innovators in the field to deliver new products to the market, including Raymedica Inc., a global leader in spine disc nucleus replacement, and Paradine Spine, a leading posterior non-fusion spine company.

After graduating from UM-Dearborn in 1984, Viscogliosi worked for Michigan National Corporation and then as an analyst, first at a Detroit-area-based investment bank, Roney & Co. Inc., and then New York-based investment banks.

Viscogliosi leads the Chancellor's Campaign Council at UM-Dearborn, serving as the co-chair since the committee's formation. His initial campaign pledge to the campus, which sponsors a series of seminars targeted to executives in southeastern Michigan, was announced in May 2004.

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