Honorary Doctorate Degree


The Honorary Doctorate Degree is the highest degree the University can bestow on a former student or staff member. Numerous alumni and faculty have been honored by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics with this prestigious title. We salute and thank them and are grateful for their contributions to our School. They are listed below in chronological order.
 

Year Bestowed

Honorary Doctorate Recipient
1953

Donovan R. Berlin, B.S.M.E. '21 
ASVP General Manager, Boeing VERTOL, Philadelphia, PA 
1967

Milton U. Clauser, 
Director of International Development, Communications Satellite Corporation, and Head of the School from 1950-1954
1969

Richard Lee Rouzie, B.S.M.E. '28 
Vice President-Flight Test and Service, Commercial Airplane Division, The Boeing Company 
1970

Neil A. Armstrong, B.S.A.E. '55
1973

Richard W. Taylor, B.S.M.E. '42 
Vice President and General Manager of Aeronautical and Information Systems Division, The Boeing Company
1975

Elmer F. Bruhn Professor Emeritus, Purdue University and Head of School 1947-49
1977

Richard E. Adams, B.S.M.E. '42, (Aeronautics Option) 
Vice President of General Dynamics Corporation and General Manager of the Fort Worth Division
1979

Herbert F. Rogers, B.S.A.E. '49 
Division Vice President, Deputy General Manager and F-16 Program Director, Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics Corporation
1980

Edmund V. Marshall, M.S.A.E.S. '47 
President of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Government Products Division, West Palm Beach, Florida
1986

Richard H. Petersen, B.S.A.E.'56 
Director of NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
1991

S.S. Shu 
Chairman of the Board, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan and former Professor of Aeronautics Astronautics and Engineering Science at Purdue
1992

Robert E. Bateman, B.S.A.E. '46 
Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Marine Systems
1996

Henry T. Yang Chancellor, 
University of California, Santa Barbara Former Dean, Purdue Schools of Engineering and Head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
1998
John B. Hayhurst, B.S.A.E. '69
Vice President--The Americas, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
2000
David O. Swain, B.S.A.E. '64, DEA '93, OAE '99
Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technolgy for The Boeing Company
2001
Roy D. Bridges, Jr. M.S.A.E. '66, DEA '98, OAE '99
Director NASA Kennedy Space Center.
2003
Charles Taylor B.S.M.E. '46, M.S.M.E '48
Professor Emeritus of Engineering Science at the University of Florida
2004
William O'Neil B.S.A.E.'61
Chairman of the Space Exploration Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and is member of the International Academy of Astronautics
2005
James D. Raisbeck B.S.A.E '61
Founder and CEO of Raisbeck Engineering Inc. and Raisbeck Commercial Air Group Inc.
2007
Martin C. Jischke
President Emeritus, Purdue University