Matthew E. Massengill

For his outstanding achievements as an electrical engineer and corporate leader, the Schools of Engineering are proud to present the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award to Matthew E. Massengill.

Mr. Massengill is president and chief executive officer of Western Digital Corporation, an industry pioneer and leading designer and manufacturer of hard drives. He graduated from Purdue in 1983 with a bachelor s degree in electrical engineering.

At every stage of his 17-year career at Western Digital, Mr. Massengill has demonstrated technical expertise, creativity, visionary leadership, and astute business sense. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Massengill engineered a remarkable turnaround that resulted in the re-emergence of Western Digital as a premier supplier of hard drives to the PC industry. Under his leadership, Western Digital entered new markets, achieved the industry s most efficient expense structure, and returned to profitability.

Mr. Massengill is a member of the CEO Roundtable at the University of California, Irvine, and was named an Outstanding Electrical Engineer by Purdue in 1998.