Industrial Advisory Council 2019–20

The Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) is made up of leading alumni/alumnae from Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The IAC reviews and addresses issues related to the mission and the vision of our school and serves as a link between our school and industry and government. The IAC meets twice a year, in the fall and spring. The current members of our IAC are listed below. We are extremely grateful for the efforts of our IAC members in helping our school move forward.

Bradley D. Belcher (BSAAE '82)
Program Director
U.S. Civil R&T Funded Programs
Rolls-Royce Corporation
Bradley Duane Belcher
Andrea M. Chavez (BSAAE '88)
National Defense
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
Andrea Chavez
Emmanuel G. Collins (MSAAE '82, PhD AAE '87)
J.B. School of Engineering
University of Louisville
Emmanuel Collins
Michael J. Corso (BSAAE '71)
Department Chair
Tort and Insurance Litigation Department
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA
Michael Corso
Ben Diachun (BSME '99)
Ben Daichun

Mike Dreessen (BSAAE '83)
Executive Director, Engineering
Missile Defense & Space Systems
General Atomics, Electromagnetics Systems Group

Mike Dreessen
Lee Favour (BSAAE '84)
Director and chief engineer
Loads, Dynamics and Weights
Markus B. Heinimann (BSAAE '92, MSAAE '94, PhD AAE '97)
Vice President, Technology
Arconic Engineered Structures
Markus Heinimann
Raymond Kamin (MSECE '89, PhD ECE '93)
Senior Director
Enterprise Engineering
Rockwell Collins
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan (BSAAE '92)
Senior Engineer for Complex Systems Design
Agency Technical Fellow
NASA Langley Research Center
Anna-Maria McGowan
David McGrath (BSAAE '83, MSAAE '84)
Director, Advanced Technology
Missile Defense and Controls
Northrop Grumman
Dave McGrath Pic
Leon McKinney (BSAAE '81, MSAAE '82)
McKinney Associates
Leon McKinney
Beth Moses (BSAAE '92, MSAAE '94)
Chief Astronaut Trainer
Virgin Galactic
Beth Moses
Terrence Murphy (BSAAE '80)
President and CEO
Hammond Group, Inc.
Terrance Murphy
Kevin Parsons (BSAAE '96)
Col. Gary E. Payton (MSAAE '72)
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Schriever Chair in Space Systems Engineering
U.S. Air Force Academy
Gary Payton
Erika J. Pearson (BSAAE '93)
Business Director/Deputy VP
Leasing & Asset Management
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Erika Pearson
Jay Price (BSEE '85)
Program Director
Hypersonics Programs
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Erika Pearson
Jordi Puig-Suari (BSAAE '88, MSAAE '90, PhD AAE '93)
Aerospace Engineering Department
California Polytechnic State University
Jordi Puig-Suari
Richard Raiford (BSAAE '80)
Northrop Grumman
Richard Raiford
James P. Renna (BSAAE '86, MBA '91)
Chief Engineer, Commercial Programs
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
James Renna
Tamaira Ross (BSAAE '96, MSAAE '98)
Principal Manager, New Glenn System Definition & Design
Blue Origin
Tamaira Ross
Charles Robert Saff (BSAAE '71)
Boeing Research and Technology
Robert Saff
Robert L. Strickler (BSAAE '60, MSE Sc. '62, PhD ME '68)
Private Consultant
Vice President, Retired
Robert Strickler
W. Ted Torgerson (BSAAE '83)
Senior director
Advanced Pilot Training, Program Integration Office
Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Ted Torgerson
John J. Walsh (BSAAE '82)
Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
BlackRidge Technology International, Inc.
John Walsh
Rhonda Walthall (BSAAE '86)
Fellow, PHM Applications and Digital Initiatives
Collins Aerospace
Rhonda Walthall