Spring 2008 Newsletter
Looking Forward to the Year Ahead
Dear Fellow Boilermaker,
After a relaxing holiday break, the spring semester is well under way here at Purdue. This is a particularly exciting time for the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) as we begin to implement plans for a promising new year.
I would first like to take a moment and apologize for the problems that occurred during distribution of the last newsletter. We have been taking the necessary actions to ensure that such problems are avoided in the future so that we may continue circulation of this newsletter which connects you, our valued alumni, to current news and events. We hope that by getting important information to you on a regular basis you may contribute to the ongoing evolution of our plans, get involved in their execution, and share our passion for a promising future.
Technical problems aside, 2007 was an important and productive time for the EAA as the new board celebrated its first full year. To help us prioritize our goals and focus on the issues most relevant to our alumni, we developed a strategic plan that will guide the EAA over the next few years. This plan will help us strengthen and stabilize alumni relations in local communities and with Purdue.
Other highlights from last year included increased awareness of the EAA by participation in such events as the Indiana State Fair, Purdue Day at the Chicago Zoo, Senior Send-Off, and the Outstanding Senior Awards. Our board members also took the lead in organizing events in communities across the nation to unite our alumni. The board is also proud to have played a role in the development of the new online social networking community, Boilershpere. Boilersphere will play a key role in helping Purdue alums all over the world remain connected, reconnect, and network.
The upcoming year will be one of action guided by the Strategic Plan, and as a result there will be numerous opportunities for you to get involved in helping fulfill our new mission. I am looking forward to connecting with you to discuss how we can further strengthen this institution we care so much about. To receive more information on current opportunities for alumni involvement please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Missy Davies at email@example.com.
With your help, we look forward to taking the EAA to a new level this year.
Gbile Adewunmi (BSEE ’02, MSEE ’03)
EAA Board President
Up Close: Alumni
Wendy Kerr (BSME ’O6) and David Henry (BSChE ’89)
Wendy Kerr (BSME ’06)
Johnson & Johnson
Hobbies: coaching soccer, playing sports, volunteering
Purdue activities as a student: Purdue Engineering Student Council, Mortar Board, Engineering 104 Mentor.
Purdue related activities: Wendy continues to support Purdue by serving on the EAA Board of Directors and assisting with the recruitment of potential Purdue students.
David Henry (BSChE ’89)
Global Process Improve Manager
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Hobbies: golf, biking, Purdue sports (Football season ticker holder)
Purdue activities as a student: Omega Chi Epsilon, avid sports fan.
Purdue-related activities: David is pleased to be able to give back to Purdue through service on the EAA Board of Directors, as well as through membership in the Purdue Club of Houston. David is past president of the Purdue Club of Baton Rouge.
News from the EAA Boardroom
2008 Strategic Plan: Goals & Objectives
Goal 1: Creating a Connected Family
- We will foster an environment that encourages engineering alums to interact with one another both professionally and personally.
- We will keep recent graduates connected and reconnect graduates who may have lost touch with Purdue and/or other engineering alums.
- We will facilitate increased interaction between current engineering students and alumni.
- We will assist the College of Engineering in recruiting a greater number of women, underrepresented minorities, and high ability students to Purdue.
- We will recognize alumni.
- We will encourage and equip engineering alums to positively impact their local communities.
Goal 2: Serving as a nexus of information for engineering alums.
- We will increase the awareness of the EAA among our constituents (engineering alums, current students, prospective students).
- We will increase the knowledge of engineering alumni about changes in the College of Engineering and the impact of those changes.
- We will promote opportunities for giving.
- We will serve as a focal point for engineering alumni engagement.
Neil Armstrong Hall is New Home to Purdue Engineering
Former Apollo astronauts Armstrong and Cernan during the dedication of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering.
Sixteen of Purdue’s astronaut alumni attended the dedication including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and most recent men to walk on the moon.
Video of the dedication ceremony is available on the Purdue web site.
Boilersphere Makes it Easy for Alumni to Reconnect
Boilersphere, a Web-based networking site exclusive to Purdue people, provides Purdue alumni an outlet for easier interactions. Users can connect with former friends and professors, post job openings for free, network with other Purdue graduates, and share experiences with current students interested in their fields. To register and become a member, go online to http://www.purdue.edu/boilersphere.
A Purdue help desk will be available to answer any questions or address any login problems at (765) 496-9770 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Luncheon and Convocation
On February 22, 2008 the College of Engineering celebrated the accomplishments of six distinguished alumni. The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award is presented to engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves in professional and related fields of endeavor.
This year’s distinguished alumni are:
Michael J. Cave
Senior Vice President
Business Development and Strategy
The Boeing Company
Michael J. Graff
President and CEO, Air Liquide USA
Chairman, Air Liquide Canada
Moira A. Gunn
Host, National Public Radio
“BioTech Nation” and “Tech Nation”
Debra L. Haley
Special Assistant to the Commander (ret.)
Aeronautical Systems Center
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
President and CEO
Campbell Security Equipment Company
Tresa M. Pollock
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Saturday, April 5, 2008, 10:30 a.m.
EAA Board Meeting
Friday, April 18, 2008 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10 am - ?
Black & Gold Spring Football Game
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 12 pm
Students to Play Chef for a Day at Rube Goldberg Contest
The 26th annual event will take place at 10:30 a.m. April 5 at the Purdue Armory.
Teams competing in this year’s national contest include the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, Ferris State, Penn State, Michigan Technology University, University of Arizon, Texas A&M, and University of Texas.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. The contest, sponsored by Phi Chapter of Theta Tau fraternity, is free and open to the public.
Up Close: Students
As Theta Tau’s regional contest chairman, what are your responsibilities?
My responsibilities include recruiting teams to travel and compete in the contest and organizing all of the volunteers that help make the contest possible.
What task will students be working on this year?
The teams have to assemble a hamburger with a minimum of one patty, two condiments, and two vegetables between two buns. This year’s idea was chosen to be less ridged than in the past and allow teams to be more creative. Teams can add as many condiments, vegetables, and patties as they like.
What are you most excited for in this year's competition?
This year Omega, a local sponsor, funded each team up to $1000 so I am expecting that the quality of machines will be very high.
What benefits have you personally gotten out of helping with this event?
I have seen teams work together to make some incredible machines and the joy of knowing I have helped make the competition possible for them.
If alumni want to get involved who should they contact?
They can contact me at email@example.com or the national contest chairmen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
It's That Time Again - Renew your PAA Membership Now
Are you already a member of the Purdue Alumni Association? If so, you know the great benefits that accompany your membership like the Purdue Alumnus magazine, travel opportunities, event news, and discounts. Take a moment and renew your membership by calling (800) 414-1541 or visiting www.purduealum.org.
If you’re not already a member then join us now. Your membership supports Purdue academics, clubs, and scholarship programs across the country. Call (800) 414-1541 or visit www.purduealum.org for more information.
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