Impressive Credentials - Nine honored as Distinguished Alumni

Author: written by George McClure
Impressive Credentials
“This group of Purdue engineers represents an extraordinary array of achievements and leadership,” said Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “Utilizing their Purdue educations to the fullest, these talented individuals continue to have a measurable and substantial influence on the world around them. “Purdue’s College of Engineering has more than 80,000 living alumni. This class embodies the college’s vision of extraordinary people known for their impact on the world.”

Thomas A. Burke, BSABE ’79

President and CEO of Modine Manufacturing, which is involved in the commercial truck, off-highway and building HVAC industries. He also has worked as a product design engineer and a manufacturing engineer. He was cited for his contributions to the development of energy-efficiency technologies and improved operational effectiveness in the vehicular component and systems industry.


Geoffrey T. Crowley, BSIDE ’74

President of Northshore Leasing LLC, he has provided significant contributions to the aviation industry through consulting, marketing, customer service and quality assurance. He helped build an airline from scratch and grew it into an $800 million company. Crowley was recognized for his entrepreneurship and leadership in the aviation industry.


Darryl W. Davis, BSAAE ’78

President of Phantom Works, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, where he leads a group of approximately 2,400 employees who work on all aspects of flight. Davis also has worked for McDonnell Douglas, which merged with The Boeing Co. in 1997. Davis was honored for his technical and managerial leadership in the military aerospace industry.


Norman L. Gilsdorf, BSChE ’77

President of Honeywell Process Solutions, one of the world’s leading suppliers of automation and control systems. Gilsdorf also worked in various positions for UOP, starting oil refinery and petrochemical plant processes worldwide. Gilsdorf was recognized for his outstanding technical achievements and his contributions to Purdue.


Paul J. Hommert, MSME ’73, Ph.D. ’76

Executive Vice President and Deputy Laboratories Director, Nuclear Weapons Program, where he oversees engineering support and design for the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. He also initiated and led the largest engineering mechanics computer code development effort in the country. Hommert was cited for his outstanding contributions in the area of national security.


Carl J. Johnson, BSEE ’64

Chairman and Director, II-VII Inc., a manufacturing company that produces numerous crystalline compounds. A co-founder of II-VII, Johnson has helped it become a world leader in its field, with more than 5,000 employees. He was honored for his technical and entrepreneurial success and his outstanding support of education.


Terry M. Manon, BSME ’73, MSME ’75

Retired Director, Trane Commercial Systems Air Handling Strategy, Trane Inc., he held various positions with Trane from 1975 until his retirement in 2009. He created a single, global business from three independent regional organizations. He was cited for his global achievements in the HVAC industry.


Joan M. Miller, PE, BSCE ’79

Senior Vice President, Energy and Chemicals, CH2M HILL, a global provider of engineering, construction and operations services. She has worked for the company for 30 years and currently works with account teams worldwide. She was honored for accomplishments in environmental preservation and her leadership in promoting women in engineering.


Kenneth S. Price, BSCE ’64, MSCE ’66, Ph.D. ’68

Chairman, Heritage Environmental Services LLC, which researches innovative methods of sustainability. He helped develop a patent for a process that manufactures three products from electric arc furnace dust, the largest listed hazardous waste in the U.S. He was recognized for creating solutions for environmental sustainability.