Scott is currently the President and CEO for Northstar Aerospace. Northstar is a leading manufacturer of gears, transmission, and components for the global aerospace industry. Northstar has operating facilities in Bedford Park, IL, Phoenix, AZ and Windsor, ON Canada.
Scott graduated with his degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and has spent his entire career in the Aerospace industry. He started at Goodrich in their Manufacturing Leadership Program and spent time at sites in Pueblo, CO, Vergennes, VT, and Phoenix, AZ before setting into the Landing Gear business. There he progressed through operational leadership roles including as the Plant Manager for sites in Tullahoma, TN and Oakville, ON, Canada. The rest of his tenure at Goodrich/United Technologies Aerospace system encompassed P&L leadership roles over a variety of design & build-tospecification mission-critical systems businesses including rescue hoists, de-icing systems, anti-icing, digital data, potable water, heated composites and specialty heaters.
Scott’s next role was President for TECT Aerospace, a built-to-print aerostructures business with four manufacturing sites in the Wichita, KS and Seattle, WA areas. Scott then moved to Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC), with his final role being General Manager for the Wyman Gordon sites in Pennsylvania.
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!
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!
Adam Miller is a Corporate Negotiator at Chevron in Houston, TX. Adam graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2001. After graduation he joined General Motors in Detroit, where he worked in the dynamometer lab as a combustion engineer while also earning a MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He left GM after 4 years to attend the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, receiving an MBA in 2007.
Upon graduation he joined Chevron, where his extensive career has been dominated by negotiating oil, gas, and NGL gathering and transportation agreements, as well as business development work for the acquisition and divestment of upstream fields.
With any available time he enjoys running, playing golf, and cheering on Purdue sports teams with his wife and three children.
Words of Encouragement to New Engineering Alumni: Recognize the value of the opportunity in front of you with a Purdue engineering degree, but continue to develop your soft skills by learning how to better communicate, lead, and seek counsel. As always, be sure to embrace diversity to learn about people different than yourself. Boiler up!
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!
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.