1999 Distinguished Engineering Alumni

The 35th Annual Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation
Friday, April 23, 1999

Reading the Citation
Raymond J. Cipra
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
Steven C. Beering
President, Purdue University
Richard J. Schwartz
Dean, Schools of Engineering

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 the theme "Veni, Vidi, Vici" suggests,
these eleven achievers came to Purdue, saw opportunities, and conquered the challenges that lay before them. As they reminisce on their professional lives in the following pages, they offer us a glimpse into how and why they have become exemplars of the Purdue engineer. Their success gives us great pride.



Robert L. Bowen
Bowen Engineering Corporation
BSCE '62

Bryan A. Erler
Sargent & Lundy
BSCE '69, MSCE '70

Stanley A. Gembicki
BSChE '64

Zara F. Larsen
Pratt & Whitney
BSME '79

David W. Pershing
University of Utah
BSChE '70

Michael M. Sears
The Boeing Company
BSEE '69. MSEE '69

David A. Stamm
Clarify Inc.
BSEE '73

James A. Tompkins
Tompkins Associates
BSIE '69, MSIE '70, PhD '72

Lorry Y. Wagner
Phillips Electric Company
BSNE '73, MSNE '75, PhD '81

Adel A. Zakaria
Deere & Company
MSIE '70, PhD '73