2008 Outstanding Mechanical Engineers

Highly accomplished ME alumni were named OME’s in 2008

Campbell D. Carter (PhD '90) taught and worked as a researcher at Purdue while finishing his doctoral degree. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Combustion Research Facility of Sandia National Laboratories, he characterized turbulent jet flames and the nitric oxide they produce. Later he developed and applied laser diagnostic techniques for the advanced propulsion group at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, where he now serves as a principal aerospace engineer. He currently develops and applies advanced laser diagnostic techniques for high-speed, air-breathing propulsion technologies (supersonic combustion ramjets or scramjets). Carter is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Billy M. Glover Jr. (BSME '76, MSME '78) has served in many roles at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He now leads Boeing's efforts to develop and implement a worldwide environmental strategy. His team addresses aircraft noise reduction, greenhouse gas emissions, alternative fuels research, public policy and opinion. It also provides input on product design to optimize aircraft environmental performance. He has worked with eight Boeing airplanes, from the 707 to the 787, and has developed Boeing products, research programs and contracts. Glover is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, co-chair of the Algal Biomass Organization, and is on the board of the Air Transport Action Group. He also serves Purdue engineering on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories.

Jill M. Hruby (BSME '81) has been with Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif., for over 25 years. As Sandia's director of homeland security programs, she now oversees a $70 million budget that helps anticipate, prevent, respond, and recover from terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Hruby, who obtained a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, also has overseen work in materials research and development, microsystem fabrication and performance, and large-scale computation. She also has worked with LIGA-based microsystems, nanoscience research, hydrogen storage, solar energy, mechanical component design, thermal analysis, microfluids, and materials aging programs. Named an Outstanding Role Model by Sandia's Women's Committee, Hruby has three patents and the R&D 100 Award for solid state radiation detectors CZT with spectrum plusTM.

Sung Jin Kim (PhD '92), vice president for Samsung Electronics' Digital Appliance Business Research And Development team, received the 2007 Innovation Award from the International Consumer Electronics Association for his horizontal-axis washing machine—the quietest machine of its kind in America. The Korean model of this machine was awarded the coveted Industrial Research 52 Award, known as the Jang Young-Shil Award, named for one of Korea's greatest inventors. Previously, Kim served as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Korea's Pusan National University, as the chief research engineer in LG Electronics' Living System Research Laboratory, and as an engineer for General Electric's Global Research Center. He served on the editorial board for the Journal of Korean Society of Noise and Vibration Engineering from 1997-99, and in the past 10 years, Kim has been awarded seven Korean patents, many of which further quiet home appliances.

Kevin B. Smith (BSME '79) has managed the successful development, acquisition, financing, and construction of more than 40 power facilities in the United States and internationally, with total capital costs of more than $4.5 billion and long-term electricity sales contracts approaching $50 billion. Smith now is CEO for SolarReserve LLC, Wilmette, Ill., which develops utility-scale solar energy projects using novel solar energy generation and storage technology. Previously, he was senior vice president of development at Invenergy LLC, where, in three years, he led the development of Invenergy Wind from a startup to one of the world's largest privately owned renewable energy businesses with more than $2 billion in projects and operation and construction. Smith also was president of Insight Energy, Inc., chief operating officer of London-based Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and general manager and vice president of Indeck Energy. He also earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.