David is President of Eco Oxygen Technologies, LLC (ECO2). Founded in 2002 and based in Indianapolis IN, ECO2 has built their business on being an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional chemical treatments for water and wastewater treatment. Initially focusing on odor and corrosion prevention, ECO2 has helped clients across the country and internationally solve their water quality needs.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil / Environmental Engineering from Purdue University (CE 2000) and is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana and Kentucky. He is an active member in a number of professional and civic organizations including; Purdue Engineering Alumni Board, Boy Scouts of America Circle City Board, a member of Water Environment Federation Air Quality Committee and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
David has been a featured speaker at a number of internationally recognized conferences including Water Environment Federation (WETEC) technical exhibition and EPA National 104(g) Operators Trainers conference. He has been published in numerous technical journals including Clear Waters the New York Water Environment Association publication and served as a peer reviewer for Water & Environment Federation (WEF), Water Practice Online Journal. David holds several US and international Patents centered on gas transfer systems relating to water quality and wastewater treatment.
David resides in Carmel, IN and is married to Anne (Pesek) Clidence (Purdue HTM 2000) and has four children. David comes from a long line of Purdue graduates and this legacy will continue with his oldest son who will be attending Purdue as a freshman in Fall 2017.
Frederick Cooper is a 1974 BSEE graduate from Purdue, who in his freshman year co-founded the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) along with classmate Edward Barnett (deceased). Their goal was to improve the recruitment and retention of black engineering students at Purdue. The organization grew and was the precursor to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
A Chicago native, Fred attended Purdue on a full football scholarship where he was a three-year starter and became captain of the defense his senior year. After graduation he played pro-football for two years, including a stint with the Detroit Lions. Fred then began a 25-year tenure with the Bell System and held numerous engineering and business positions that included P&L responsibility for Lucent Technologies’ $100M a year wireless base station software development business. Fred now works as a commercial real estate consultant at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices where he helps clients meet their Return on Investment (ROI) objectives by investing in commercial real estate.
Fred continues to be a beacon of encouragement to students that they can play big time intercollegiate athletics and major in engineering at Purdue.
Fred currently resides in Hillsborough, New Jersey, in the New York City metro area.
Adam graduated in 2004 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Purdue, Adam was fortunate enough to co-op with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, working in various design and manufacturing capacities. Since graduation, He has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics and Genentech He currently works as a Senior Manager of Outsourced Manufacturing for Gilead Sciences, where he is responsible for the manufacturing of injectable drugs, medical devices and oral drugs.
In addition to Mechanical Engineering, Adam has continued his education, earning an associate's degree in EET from IUPUI and an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He'll complete his Master's in Public Health from University of California at Berkeley in 2019.
Originally from Holland, PA, he and his wife Liz (Purdue BA Communications, 2005) reside in San Francisco, CA where they've been running the local chapter of the Purdue Alumni Club since 2014. When not coordinating club activities, he enjoys playing outdoors and exploring California.
Jenny Gattari is a 1985 Industrial Engineering graduate of Purdue University. In addition to the BS of IE she also holds an MBA. She currently works for Pfizer as a Global Director, Sterile Injectibles in Lake Forest, IL. She has broad experience in pharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing, contracting, global program management, R&D, planning and manufacturing operations.
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Eric Kirtcheff is responsible for Essence’s enablement of ad technology and integration of data systems for client adserving platforms. Essence’s mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world or clients such as Google, Method, Hewlett Packard, and Netflix. In his role as Global Director of Ad Operations his responsibilities include setting up campaigns for success from onboarding through campaign architecture to results measurement. His efforts have focused on improving data measurement, privacy solutions and brand safety technologies.
Prior to joining Essence he was Senior Manager of Solutions Engineering at Akamai, leading the presales efforts and onboarding clients through to execution. Previously, Eric held various leadership positions at DoubleClick and Yahoo in technology operations, product management, and client services. He has worked on such high profile campaigns as Howard Stern’s move to Sirius, Hillary Clinton for America(2008) and the Mission Impossible III(Live Event). In this process he played a key role in pioneering solutions for the digital marketing industry. He is regular speaker at Admonsters panels on various industry topics.
Eric has a BSEE from the Purdue University from 1999. He joined the board in August of 2015.
Jack is a vice president and partner of American Structurepoint, leading the Architecture, Structural and Planning Groups. In 1998, he received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University. In 1999, just one year after college, Jack joined American Structurepoint as an entry-level site design engineer. His experience includes site layout, grading, hydrology, road design, earthwork, utilities, water quality design, construction cost estimates, and permitting, as well as field investigations and preliminary site analyses. At age 25, Jack became one of only a dozen certified floodplain managers (CFM) in the state of Indiana. Since earning his professional engineering license in Indiana in 2004, Jack has developed impeccable relationships with real estate developers in the Midwest, propelling the accelerated growth of the company’s private-sector civil engineering practice.
In January of 2006, Jack was promoted to vice president, focusing on client and project sales strategies and taking charge of the Civil Group. He later accepted principal responsibility for American Structurepoint’s Survey and Planning Groups. In May of 2011, Jack was invited to share ownership of the company. In 2012, ENR Midwest magazine selected Jack among its annual Top 20 Under 40 list, which honors young design and construction professionals on the basis of their contributions to their profession and their community. In 2013, he began leading the charge of American Structurepoint's Architecture and Structural Groups. Last month, Jack was selected to participate in the fall 2015 Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series.
Executive Officer, NASA Office of Education
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Kevin Metrocavage currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Associate Administrator of Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role, he is responsible for maintaining a broad perspective of the issues, policies, and management of the Agency’s education programs. Metrocavage provides advice and support to NASA Education senior leadership on a broad spectrum of functional management issues.
Previously, Metrocavage worked in Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX where he served as a Flight Controller, Instructor, and Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Motion Control Systems (MCS) group. As an Attitude Determination and Control Officer (ADCO), Metrocavage planned, coordinated, monitored, and executed ISS maneuvers in support of a variety of complex operations.
As Instructor, Metrocavage was responsible for training astronauts, cosmonauts, and peers on ISS systems content. He supported 18 ISS Assembly Missions and all 42 ISS Expeditions through January 2015 in both Houston and internationally in Moscow, Russia. Metrocavage has been recognized by NASA with multiple individual and team awards, most notably the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Award in 2011 which is one of the highest awards presented to NASA and industry personnel.
Prior to joining NASA, Metrocavage earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University where he also served as Basketball Manager for the three-time Big Ten Champions from 1993-96 and recently served on the Alumni Board of Directors. He also served for thirteen years as the President of the Purdue Alumni Club of Houston, a regional club with “Gold Status” recognition during his tenure. Metrocavage also worked as a Space Camp Counselor and continues to have a passion for education, family, sports, human spaceflight, and of course his beloved alma mater.
Carlos Moreno is the Procurement Director for Kimberly-Clark’s Latin American Operations. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue in 1994 and his MBA from Thunderbird, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, in 2000. Carlos has been with Kimberly-Clark for more than twenty years in various Supply Chain functions. He has been a pioneer in optimization systems and has played key roles in the company’s rapid expansion and corporate citizenship in neighboring communities throughout Latin America. His career has been characterized by continuous growth in Manufacturing, Logistics, Continuous Improvement and Procurement in consumer goods Supply Chains across several geographies. He has recruited, developed and motivated top performing teams that share his passion for excellence and integrity.
Carlos Moreno is a regular contributor to several educational causes in El Salvador, promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He is an enthusiastic robotics fan who helped form a rural elementary school club in Sitio del Niño close to San Salvador, which won against major odds, international recognition in Colombia and Germany. Carlos enjoys analytics, cross cultural communication and traveling. He has been a member of the Purdue President’s Council since 2003 and won the Oustanding Industrial Engineering Award in 2015. Carlos currently resides in El Salvador and can be contacted at: email@example.com or sv.linkedin.com/pub/carlos-moreno/14/b34/88a.
At Procter & Gamble, Kimberly's role is the Global Director of Fabric Care Engineering and she is based in Cincinnati, OH. Fabric Care Business includes Billion Dollar Brands like Tide, Gain and Downy. The Business is Global and has a Global footprint. P&G Fabric Care has plant operations and technical centers in all Regions of the World. She is responsible for Capital Investments and Engineering to deliver Innovation, Capacity, Savings and Plant Operations. She has a large organization and is responsible to develop engineers to be the next generation of leaders. She has Engineering teams who sit in Technical Centers in all parts of the world. She travels globally and has been to over 40 countries with her role. She works upstream on new innovation with R&D, create designs for our core products/package systems and has responsibility for engineers in the plant operations.
Her Professional Organizations include Ceo and President of non-proft Southwest Ohio Water Company and Director on TechSolve Technology non-proft Board.
Some highlights from her Purdue Days include being a member of the Purdue Marching Band, Purdue American Music Review, Purdue Symphonic Band, and she was a Resident Hall Counselor Windsor.
She married William Riddle in 1991 and has has two children, Benjamin (born 1996) and Nathan (born 1998). She is currently living in Monfort Height, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Veronica Rife, P.E., PMP currently serves as Project Manager with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Ms. Rife began her career with the Louisville District working as a Structural Engineer in the Structural Section, Design Branch. She has served for several years as Project Manager in Military and Reserve Programs with projects at Ft Knox, Puerto Rico and the Middle East District. For many years she was Project Manager in the Civil Works Program on various Ohio River inland navigation projects in planning, design and construction stages, including the Olmsted Locks and Dam. Prior to the Corps she worked in the Gas Engineering Department for Louisville Gas & Electric in Louisville.
Veronica has a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN majoring in structural engineering. While at Purdue Veronica participated in the Co-op program working with both Ford Motor Company and the Indiana State Highway Commission and was a member of Chi Epsilon. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a member of Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and a registered Project Management Professional.
Veronica resides in Jeffersonville, IN and is married to Scott Rife, also a Purdue alum. Their two daughters and soon to be son-in-law are also Purdue grads.
Sheri Donahue received her BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1990. She has served for over 26 years in various roles within government, not-for-profit and the private sector. She has worked to serve warfighters, first responders, owners and operators of our national critical infrastructures and the private sector insurance industry. Currently, she is with Humana in the Enterprise Information Protection Department serving as the Cyber Security Strategic Partnerships Director. Prior to joining Humana, she was Program Manager for Security & Intelligence at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division where she managed a $60M portfolio of Intelligence and Intelligence-related projects for Navy, DoD and other Intelligence agencies of the US Government fusing science and technology with Intelligence to provide knowledge solutions for the warfighter.
Sheri is President Emeritus of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA). As a member of the National Board for 12 years and President for 3 years, she led the private sector entity of this public-private partnership working with the FBI, DHS and other organizations to create partnerships and opportunities for InfraGard and its members to address critical infrastructure and cyber security concerns. She has written articles on public-private partnerships for the Domestic Preparedness Journal and has been interviewed for Emergency Management Magazine. She has received awards and recognition for superior service from the Navy, FBI and Army and was the 2015 recipient of the first annual InfraGard National Members Alliance “Lifetime Leadership Award”.
Over a cumulative 19 years as a DoD civilian working for the Navy, Sheri served in many roles from Project Engineer/Project Manager to Special Programs Manager, Special Security Officer (SSO) and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). She left DoD in 2007 for Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) in Vermont to become the first Managing Director for the INMA while also serving as the President & Executive Director for the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) where she worked with government, private corporations and academia to study cyber threats and solutions for the next generation. Prior to returning to DoD in 2010, Sheri worked for as start-up technology company, DisastersNet, as the Director of Customer Support where she developed the training and implementation program for incident command software for healthcare facilities.
Sheri has worked closely with the intelligence community in the protection of Navy and DoD technologies as well as homeland security efforts. Additionally, she has several years of experience in security having served as an SSO for the Navy and Facility Security Officer (FSO) for The Kiernan Group and Kiernan Group Holdings where she also served as a consultant on various topics. She has organized local and regional security conferences as well as acting as technical advisor for OPSEC training videos for first responders. Other organizations in which she has been involved include Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), iKeepSafe Coalition, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, Michel Vital Foundation, International Sustainability Fund and the American Heart Association.
In her spare time, Sheri enjoys spending time on the lake and flipping houses in her hometown of Louisville, KY. She has one son who is a double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of Kentucky.
Brad is a sales engineer with The Lee Company, a world leader in designing and manufacturing of miniature fluid control devices for a wide range of industries including aerospace, formula 1 racing, oil exploration, automotive and off-highway equipment and medical/scientific instruments.
He was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. Brad's desire to study engineering led him to Purdue University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 2013.
For two summers Brad worked at Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories under advisors Dr. Stephen Heister and Scott Meyer.
While at Purdue, Brad was a leader in the Greek community. As a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he held positions on the executive board including Philanthropy Chair, Recruitment Head and Treasurer.
In addition, Brad was elected to the InterFraternity Council. Brad served as the Director of Philanthropy during his first term; following this term, he was elected Vice President of Operations. Brad’s two years on the council were focused on programming, with an emphasis towards improving and generating benefits provided to the average fraternity member.
Brad now resides in Detroit, MI where he is active in the Southeast Michigan Purdue Alumni Association. He is a proud Boilermaker and extremely hopeful for the upcoming Men’s basketball team. While not working, Brad enjoys training and competing in triathlons. As well, in the winter you can usually find Brad somewhere snowboarding.
Sara Venn is a Senior Program Manager at T-Mobile USA in Seattle where she has been responsible for delivering various products and programs for the Business Sales, In Store Technology, and GoSmart Teams since 2009. Prior to T-Mobile, Sara worked as engineer in the medical device industry for Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, CA and in product development/program management for Brunswick Corporation in Arlington, WA.
Sara graduated from Purdue University in 2004 where she received the Outstanding Senior in Engineering Award for the IDE graduating class. As a student, Sara served as Purdue Student Body Vice President and Chairperson of the Campus Safety Task Force. Prior to her senior year she also interned for the Navy at the Navy Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI. Additionally, she was heavily involved in PSG, EPICS, and worked as a waitress at Harry's to help pay for school. In 2012, she and her husband endowed scholarship in MSE to help support the next generation of Boilermakers. Most recently, Sara finished her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in the spring of 2016.
In her spare time, Sara is an avid triathlete competing in a variety of distances, enjoys downhill skiing in the winter, and SCUBA whenever possible. Additionally, Sara has been an active member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, serving several seasons as team captain, as well as Girls On the Run where she served as SoleMates Chairperson and lead coach for multiple seasons. When not enjoying a sport or volunteering Sara can be found spending time with her golden retriever, Bailey, or enjoying a glass of wine with friends.