1997 Distinguished Engineering Alumni

The 34th Annual Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation
Friday, April 25, 1997

There is something very special about Purdue Engineers. Their reputation precedes them, and their accomplishments set them apart. The men and women who have earned the right to call themselves Distinguished Engineering Alumni include leaders in their profession, in business, industry, education, science, and government. They have founded corporations, built cities, and traveled in space. They prove that a Purdue degree is only the beginning of a lifetime of education and high accomplishment.

Each year the Schools of Engineering look for graduates whose achievements are truly outstanding. There is never a shortage of qualified candidates. In recognizing them, Purdue reminds itself and its students that our standards must always be high and that the future is ours to build.

  Steven Beering   Richard J. Schwartz  
  Beering Signature
Steven C. Beering
  Schwartz Signature
Richard J. Schwartz

We are delighted to introduce this year's Distinguished Engineering Alumni. As they reminisce about Purdue and reflect on their professional lives in the following web pages, these outstanding graduates offer us a glimpse into how and why they have become exemplars of the Purdue engineer. Their success gives us great pride.


Donald W. Banner
BSEE `48

Frank C. Becker
BSChE '59

Thomas A. Dames
BSCE '68, MSCE '68, PhD '72

Hichull Kim
BSME `59, PhD '67

Craig M. McLaughlin
BSChE `68, MSChE '70, PhD '72

William J. O'Neil
BSAE `61

Charles C. (Rocky) Rhodes
BSIE '75, MSIE '78

R. Wayne Skaggs
PhD `70

Dennis W. Sullivan
BSME '60

Dick Teater
MSCE '73

Robert F. Widmer
BSME '65