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.
Words of Encouragement to New Engineering Alumni: I am a Purdue Engineer for Life! I also played football at Purdue. Football taught me it didn't make any difference whether I made a mistake, or got a bad call from a referee, I had 40 seconds to get over it and be lined up ready for the next play. My engineering degree from Purdue taught me no matter how hard a problem or situation is...I can figure it out.
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 Senior Director, Portfolio Network Strategy in Lake Forest, IL. She has broad experience in pharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing, contracting, global program management, R&D, planning and manufacturing operations.
Words of Advice to New Engineering Alumni: Words of Advice to New Engineering Alumni: When you think about the last four years, you will probably remember that your greatest lessons came from outside the classroom. Commit to being a life-long learner! Congratulations and best wishes as you begin your career journey!
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Words of Advice to New Engineering Alumni: “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” - “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
In our world of instant gratification, it’s sometimes hard to see that you can choose where you end up. We all have choices in our lives. In business, in career, in relationships, with our health, and with our money. Every day we are faced with choices. Do the best you can with the information you have in front of you. Try new things. Set off in new directions. Expand your comfort zone. Enjoy the journey. And know - that you still have time to change the road you’re on.
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.
Kevin Metrocavage currently serves as the International Space Station (ISS) Operations Manager. In this role, he is responsible for maintaining overall situational awareness of the planning and execution of ISS complex operations for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, DC. Metrocavage manages ISS real-time and contingency support from the NASA HQ Space Operations Center and provides input and status to Directorate and ISS Division leadership as well as external agencies as appropriate.
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.
Metrocavage supported 18 ISS Assembly Missions and over 56 ISS Expeditions from Houston, Washington D.C. and internationally in Moscow, Russia. NASA has recognized Metrocavage 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.
Words of Advice to New Engineering Alumni: As you transition from the academic to workforce environment, earn a reputation early as someone who works hard, is adaptable, solves problems, and stays vigilant in your technical, safety and ethical areas of focus. Dedication to doing your work, and treating people, the "right way" will take you far!
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.
Words of Encouragement to New Engineering Alumni: Welcome to the Purdue Engineer for life network! You must be feeling blessed and fortunate for having completed one of the best Engineering programs in the world. The journey just begins, you have the head, the hands, and the heart to exceed any goal you set to pursue.
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.
Words of Encouragement to New Engineering Alumni: You should be so proud of your recent graduation and engineering degree from Purdue. Your Purdue Engineering degree is going to bring unbelievable value, experiences and life time memories to You. Congratulations!
Dave Sawin is the Vice President of Body Design Division at the Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) center based in York Township, Michigan. In this position, Sawin oversees body design operations for North America.
Prior to this assignment, Sawin was General Manager of Body Design 2 and was responsible for body shell and exterior design.
Sawin joined Toyota Technical Center in 1996 as an Engineer in the Body Shell Design Department. In 2009 he was promoted to General Manager of the Quality Promotion Department where he was responsible for design quality activities in North America. After his assignment in the Quality Promotion Department, he served roles as General Manager of Vehicle Performance Development 1 where he was responsible for body and chassis strength performance development and then as General Manager of Body Design 2.
Sawin serves as a board member of Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Michigan and on Purdue Engineering Alumni Association's Board of Directors.
Sawin earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
He, his wife Pamela West Sawin (Purdue BSRHI '94) and three children (Zach, Lainey, & Sarah) live outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Words of Advice to New Engineering Alumni: Your Purdue education has prepared you well for many of the curve balls that life may throw at you. As a new College of Engineering Alumni, you are in exclusive company, so take heart that you can persevere through any challenge and will always have other Purdue Alumni behind you willing to support you throughout your career. Please do not hesitate to reach out to those that came before you for advice when faced with a tough challenge!
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.
Words of Encouragement to New Engineering Alumni: You did it! You've joined an incredibly honored group of alumni. We span the globe and our influence, network is endless. You've become a Purdue Engineer for Life. Take Purdue and this degree with you wherever life leads you. Purdue is now forever apart of you as you are now forever apart of Purdue. Purdue will continue to provide you opportunities you never thought imaginable. Go out there and achieve your wildest dreams. BOILER UP!
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.