John R. HodowalFor his outstanding leadership as an engineer, attorney, and executive, the Purdue University Schools of Engineering are proud to present the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award to John R. Hodowal.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
IPALCO Enterprises, Incorporated
From his Purdue years to presentAfter receiving his bachelor's degree from Purdue, Mr. Hodowal went to law school at Indiana University and received the JD degree in 1970. He had worked for the Indianapolis Power and Light company as an engineer since 1968, and became an attorney for the firm in 1971. Mr. Hodowal moved through successive positions with the company, including associate general counsel and assistant secretary, treasurer, and senior vice president for finance, and was named chief executive officer last year. He became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of IPALCO Enterprises, the parent company of Indianapolis Power and Light, in February of 1990. Mr. Hodowal is also chairman of the board and president of Mid-America Capital Resources, Incorporated, also an IPALCO subsidiary.
Mr. Hodowal's advice for the engineering freshman:"I think there's a tendency for people to resist challenging themselves academically when they are 17 to 20 years old. Try to continue challenging yourself as much as you can throughout your college years."