EEE External Advisory Council Profiles

In this issue, we introduce you to two of our External Advisory Council members.

Rick Bossingham

Rick Bossingham graduated from Purdue in 1984 with a degree in Environmental Health. Since then, he’s accumulated vast experience in the field of environmental, health, and safety. He has worked both in government and manufacturing to develop new strategies and improve existing systems for environmental, health, and safety compliance.

Bossingham has served as the Assistant Commissioner of Compliance Support at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Wabash National Corporation, and Vice President of Operations and Continuous Improvement at an environmental consulting firm. Bossingham has also had the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair to the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, directed the Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance program at Purdue, and served as an environmental regulator in Colorado. Currently, Bossingham is the Divisional Manager of Environmental, Health, and Safety at Taylor Made, a Lippert Components Company, as well as addressing environmental compliance for Lippert.

As a charter member of the EAC, Bossingham has been firmly invested in its goals for many years. But as exciting as working to expand the program, and its reach, has been, his greatest satisfaction has come from interacting with students interested in the field.

Jerry Andis

Jerry Andis graduated from Purdue in 1980 with bachelor of science in Interdisciplinary Engineering with an environmental focus. Directly out of college he was offered a job in the Aerospace industry in Southern California with TRW. He began his career working in various areas of environmental industry, especially air and water. He also spent a portion of his career in Energy Management.

After about 8 years of working in industry, he went back to school in the Cal State system and received his MBA in 1990.  With this degree, Andis chose a path into management and eventually became the overall Environmental Manager for one sector of TRW. The company was bought out in 2002 by Northrop Grumman, and he retired from environmental work in 2015 after a 34 year career. 

Jerry’s current profession is enjoying retirement and traveling the country in his Airstream. When he is at home in California, he practices real estate and manages a series of Airbnb’s. 

Being on the EAC allows him to stay connected to Purdue and the Environmental profession. EEE has had a profound impact on his life and career.  “I have always been very proud of what I did in my career and the strides I was able to help my company achieve in the Environmental field. I felt it made a difference for the company,” said Andis. By staying connected to EEE, Andis knows he can have an impact on Environmental students for the future so that they can be as proud to work in an environmental profession as he was in his career.