Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award 2007

The Purdue University designation Outstanding Aerospace Engineer recognizes the professional contributions of graduates from the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics and thanks them for the recognition that their success brings to Purdue and the School.

The award, which was created to recognize the school's alumni for significant professional contributions to the field, was presented at a ceremony Oct. 4 at the University Inn in West Lafayette, Ind.

“The Purdue University designation Outstanding Aerospace Engineer recognizes the professional contributions of graduates from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and thanks them for the recognition that their success brings to Purdue and the School," said Thomas N. Farris, School head.

"Criteria for the award state that recipients must have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia, governmental service or other endeavors that reflect the value of an aerospace engineering degree. This celebration gives us a special opportunity to have our students interact with the best possible role models.”

With this year's recipients, 115 graduates of the school have received the award since its inception in 1999.  This number represents about 1.5% of more than 7000 alumni of the School.

 This year’s recipients are:

·        Nancy L. B. Anderson, (BSESc.’61; MS’62) who received a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science in 1961 and a master’s degree in 1962. She retired as Director of Technical Operations - Hughes Space & Communications (now Boeing)

·        Thomas J. Beutner (BSAAE’87) earned a bachelor’s degree from the school in 1987 and is program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office in Arlington, Virginia

·        Steven C. Drury (MSAAE’89)  is the Director General of Airlift and Training Systems - Defence Materiel Organization (Australia) and earned his master’s degree in 1989

·        Rune C. Eliasen (BSAAE’77) earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 and retired as Vice President, Product Planning - Ariba Inc.

·        Michael W. Hyer (MSAE’66) earned his master’s degree in Engineering Science in 1966 and is N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech

·        Andrew H. Kasowski (BSAAE’72)  – is Vice President, Product Development - Cessna Aircraft Company and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972

·        Miroslav A. Simo (BSAE’61) received his bachelor’s degree in 1961 and is President/Founder - New Archery Products.

Photo above from left to right~ Michael W. Hyer; Miroslav A. Simo; Steven C. Dury; Andrew H. Kasowski; Nancy L. B. Anderson; Thomas J. Beutner; Rune C. Eliasen.

Click on the link "Read More" below for full biographies of the 2007 and past recipients

Related Link: https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/AboutUs/Alumni/oae/2007/index_html