The 2008 Outstanding Industrial Engineers

In October 2007, Rick Echevarria was recognized by Hispanic Business as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" for his achievements in the corporate sector.

It was a big honor—and Echevarria's accomplishments are noteworthy—but Echevarria is humble about the notoriety.

"I'm sure there are many, many more deserving people around the country," he says. "I hope they all get recognized over time."

For the last 14 years, Echevarria has been a rising star at Intel. In his current role, as vice president and general manager for Enterprise Solution Sales, he oversees Intel's worldwide sales to Global 2000 corporations as well as government, education, and telecommunication companies. He is also responsible for the integration of Intel technology through consultation and project collaboration to over 900 accounts that make up over $4 billion of revenue. He says his IE education gave him not only the knowledge, but also the confidence to do his job.

"Knowing that you have learned and graduated from a top engineering school gives you the confidence to tackle any challenge along the way," he says. "Technology is a great enabler of the optimization of systems. That's the value we bring to our customers at Intel, and my industrial engineering education is a perfect match for this role."

After graduating from Purdue, Echevarria worked in Information and Communication Systems at Exxon. He then spent five years at IBM as a software developer.

He earned a master's degree in computer management systems from Union College before joining Intel in 1994. His early years with the company were spent as director of product marketing for Intel's Communication Products Group and director of internet marketing for the Enterprise Server Group.

Echevarria is a member of IE's Advisory Council.


As a child growing up in Birmingham, Mich., Ed Schreck was no stranger to Purdue. His mother was a Lafayette native, and both parents were Purdue graduates. His college choice was a natural. As for the area of study, he took his father's advice—an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in business. The advice served Schreck well.

Schreck spent two years in the U.S. Army following Purdue. In 1975, the year he earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, he joined Accenture, which was at that time Arthur Andersen's consulting division.

He never left the company, retiring from it in 2002.

Schreck specialized in technology for the global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, and worked with clients in numerous industries on IT strategy and large-scale technology-enabled business-change programs.

In 1991, Schreck was named managing partner of the Carolinas Consulting Practice and the South U.S. Technology Consulting Organization. Three years later, he became the global managing partner of Technology Competency. In this role, he was Accenture's top technology consulting leader with responsibility for technology vision, technology research and advanced development, and technology competency/capability development programs.

In August 2000, Schreck became Accenture's CIO, with responsibility for all of the company's internal technology capabilities.

"My industrial engineering education at Purdue was outstanding," says Schreck. "I learned many specifics, but, most importantly, I learned how to think logically, define and solve problems, and take a systems perspective. I also developed an interest in learning that continued throughout my career at Accenture."

Schreck is chair of IE's Advisory Council.