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.
Sedona graduated from Purdue in 2019 with a BS in Multidisciplinary Engineering, and a concentration in Visual Design. After graduating she moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area to start her career at Cisco Meraki and is currently a Quality Engineer. Cisco Meraki is a cloud-managed IT solutions company, and Sedona has been enjoying the daily problem solving her role offers as well as the impact her company is making to help fulfill remote networking needs since the pandemic began.
During her undergrad, she was involved in numerous groups such as Society of Women Engineers, Purdue Badminton Club, and co-founded MDESS (Multidisciplinary Engineering Student Society), which helped build a strong community among her MDE & IDE colleagues who fondly call themselves “purple squirrels” (give it a google). She also served as an RA & REA at Shreve Hall for 3 years, and when she wasn’t at the residence hall, she found herself in Armstrong Hall. There she was a College of Engineering Ambassador, and also an EPICS Team Lead for a unique project to celebrate Purdue’s 150th Anniversary. The Bell Tower- shaped penny press that stands in the Armstrong Atrium was the proud final product of her team’s hard work & creativity, and one of her favorite memories at Purdue was revealing the penny press at the Dean’s dinner during homecoming 2018.
Residing in Fremont, CA, Sedona spends her time outside work exploring the northern Bay Area, playing badminton, and most recently volunteering with the EAA as an ambassador and now new board member. She is looking forward to connecting with fellow Boilermakers both on campus & abroad and hopes to show that we all are Purdue Engineers for life.
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.
Brendan is currently the VP of Technology for Lithios, a product design and development collective focused on building beautiful web, mobile, and IoT platforms for household enterprise brands like Intel, Bayer, and DraftKings. Lithios is headquartered in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
In his spare time, Brendan is co-founder and CTO of the Raleigh-based nonprofit Our Wave, which focuses on building technology to empower survivors of sexual assault. Our Wave works with industry leaders and large organizations like me too. International, It's On Us, USA Gymnastics, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to create products that support survivor healing..
Brendan graduated from Purdue in 2016 with his degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, he helped create a series of parody engineering music videos and founded a software startup with fellow engineering students on the fifth floor of Shreve Hall. After graduating, Brendan moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and works as an entrepreneur and founder, focusing on bringing innovative SaaS startups to market. Brendan has been an advisor to more than a dozen organizations and acted in a consulting capacity with dozens of startups and technology companies across the healthcare, human insights, productivity, and education markets. He is currently working on a new AI-based venture in the travel space. Outside of work, Brendan loves rock climbing, swimming, and traveling with his family.
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!
Jordan graduated from Purdue in 2011 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While at Purdue, Jordan was active in various student organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Jordan was fortunate enough to intern at Purdue University in the Physical Facilities department, as well as with Marathon Oil company as an instrumentation engineer, and studied Machine pattern recognition algorithms abroad in Istanbul, Turkey.
Jordan is currently a principal engineer for Elbit System’s land division, where he currently represents the Company as a principal systems engineer in Israel for the purpose of training on the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle turret program. Jordan is the technical subject matter expert for turret programs across the engineering teams in the United States. Following his time at Purdue, Jordan joined General Electric Company as an Edison Engineer in the Avionics Systems Division. While at GE, Jordan earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. Jordan worked at GE Aviation for 5 years before moving to Chicago and joining United Airlines as a senior engineer in the avionics engineering department.
Originally from Indianapolis, Jordan currently resides in Dallas. Outside of work Jordan enjoys spending time with friends and family, mentoring underrepresented youth and inspiring them to seek careers in the STEM field via NSBE and other professional organizations. When not involved in community service or mentoring, Jordan is an avid traveler and fitness enthusiast.