Extraordinary People - 10 honored as Distinguished Engineering Alumni

DEA Recipients
Each year, the College of Engineering recognizes distinguished alumni for their exceptional achievements, contributions and influence. Purdue has more than 81,000 living alumni and the distinction of Distinguished Engineering Alumni has been bestowed upon 482 of these outstanding individuals.
“These alumni represent the highest ideals of the College of Engineering,” said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “They are accomplished and inspiring, and they have taken on the task of improving our world.”

Raymond CohenRaymond Cohen, BSME ’47, MSME ’50, PhD ’55
Herrick Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering

Best known for his leadership directing and expanding Herrick Laboratories, Cohen attracted international prominence as a researcher after becoming a full professor at Purdue in 1960. He was saluted for his exceptional service to the engineering profession and Purdue University.

William N. DudleyWilliam N. Dudley, BSCE ’74
President and COO, Bechtel Group Inc. 

A leader in the field of civil engineering both in the United States and around the globe. Under Dudley’s tutelage, Bechtel has been recognized as the No. 1 contractor in the United States by Engineering News-Record for 12 consecutive years. He was recognized for his accomplishments in the field of civil engineering.

Barry M. EpsteinBarry M. Epstein, BSEE ’61, MSEE ’63
President, EcoStatic Systems LLC 

Epstein developed, patented and manufactured a groundbreaking electronic filter suppression system and power distribution systems that became nearly universal in numerous industries. He is also the founder and president of EcoStatic Systems LLC and serves in leadership roles for numerous nonprofit organizations. He was recognized for his technical, entrepreneurial and management success and support of education.

N. Wayne Hale Jr.N. Wayne Hale Jr., MSME ’78
Former Space Shuttle Program Manager and Flight Director, NASA 

Hale supported 41 space shuttle missions during his time in the Flight Director Office and, after the Columbia disaster in 2003, served as a leader improving NASA’s safety culture. He was honored for his exceptional contributions to NASA, especially in increasing the safety of the space shuttle program.

Thomas L. MaxwellThomas L. Maxwell, BSAAE ’69
General Manager, Military Propulsion Engineering, GE Aviation 

In his role at GE Aviation, Maxwell heads up development and operation of all military engines overseeing a $600 million budget developing new military products.  He was recognized for his technical and managerial leadership of aircraft engine programs.

Gary E. PaytonGary E. Payton, MSAAE ’72
Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force and Astronaut 

In a career focused on aviation and space, Payton was an astronaut on the space shuttle Discovery and later deputy under the secretary of Air Force for space programs. Payton was honored for his leadership in space exploration and development. 

Edward M. SchreckEdward M. Schreck, BSIE ’71
Retired CIO, Accenture 

During a prestigious 27-year career at Accenture, Schreck developed IT strategies and large-scale technology-enabled business change programs. Serving as Accenture’s top technology consulting leader, he served as CIO responsible for all of Accenture’s international technology capabilities.  An active Purdue alumnus, he is the chair of the IE Advisory Council.  He was recognized for his accomplishments in the consulting industry and his contributions to Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering.

David R. SchwindDavid R. Schwind, BSIDE ’74  
Senior Vice President, Charles M. Salter Associates Inc. 

Schwind has pioneered acoustical design for performing arts venues, music and film studios.  He consulted on the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and was named fellow of the Audio Engineering Society in 1995. Schwind was cited for his creative endeavors and professional contributions to the field of acoustical engineering and design.

Edward G. Tiedemann Jr.Edward G. Tiedemann Jr., MSEE ’77
Senior Vice President of Engineering and Qualcomm Fellow, Qualcomm Inc. 

He leads Qualcomm’s worldwide standardization activities of digital wireless telecommunication products and services for the cellular industry. He was instrumental in the design and development of code division multiple access (CDMA) technology which much of Qualcomm’s business is based on. Tiedemann was recognized for his technical and management success and his outstanding support of education.

Ellen E. TobiasEllen E. Tobias, BSChE ’83
Vice President, Elanco Animal Health Manufacturing 

A leader of global health, safety and environmental affairs at Eli Lilly, Tobias has created programs to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission. She is developing several new products, including vaccines and a new companion animal line for Elanco. She was honored for her outstanding technical and business accomplishments in the global pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.