Engineering Advisory Council - Active

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Kristi Anseth

Tisone Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Kristi S. Anseth is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Anseth came to CU after earning her B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1992 and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1994 and completing post-doctoral research at MIT as an NIH fellow. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Dr. Anseth's research group has published over 270 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented over 250 invited lectures in the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering. She was the first engineer to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and received the Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest award of the National Science Foundation for demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research. Dr. Anseth is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the Institute of Medicine (2009), and the National Academy of Sciences (2013). She is also a dedicated teacher, who has received four University Awards related to her teaching, as well as the American Society for Engineering Education's Curtis W. McGraw Award. Dr. Anseth is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Materials Research Society. She serves on the editorial boards or as associate editor of Biomacromolecules, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research-Part A, Acta Biomaterialia, Progress in Materials Science, and Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

Timothy Cahill

Vice President, Air & Missile Defense for Lockhed Martin Missiles & Space

Cheryl Cunningham

President/Founder - I Can Be An Engineer!

Cheryl A. Cunningham, PE is the President/Founder of I Can Be An Engineer! She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue in 1980. She began her career in the construction industry overseeing the construction of nuclear power plants in California and Arizona. Her career then took a slight change to becoming an expert in drainage with consulting engineering firms in Texas and Southern California. She moved back home to Indiana in the early 1990's to join a rapidly growing civil engineering, surveying, and inspection consulting firm. Ms. Cunningham became the president and majority owner of PCS Engineers in 1997 and the firm became certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE). She, along with her husband and partner, Chet Parsons, PE (Purdue BSCE 74), have grown the firm to be one of the largest W/DBE civil engineering, surveying and inspection firms in Indiana. PCS Engineers serves both the private and public sector in transportation, water, sewer, and storm sewer infrastructure projects. Some of the recent projects her firm has participated in include the Indianapolis New Midfield Terminal project, I-69, CSO Tunnel Project in Indianapolis, and the Ohio River Bridges. Ms. Cunningham is an advocate of promoting engineering, specifically to girls. She and her sister, Judy Cunningham, recently released the 3rd children's book, "You Can Count On Me! I'm Ziva Marie!", in the series "I Can Be An Engineer". The books in this series are stories that introduce the concepts of engineering to young children from their perspective. "Yes I Can! I'm Clover Anne!" and "I Can Find A Way! I'm Lucy Kay!" are the first and second books in the series. They are currently working on the fourth book in the "I Can Be An Engineer Series". The books are available through Amazon. Ms. Cunningham is an honored recipient of the 2010 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University. She serves on the executive committee of the Indiana American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Board of Directors and will serve as the 2016-17 president for ACEC Indiana. She is a past member of the Purdue Civil Engineering Advisory Council and a past Director of the Purdue Alumni Association. She is a professional engineer in Indiana, and many of the surrounding states and Arizona and Texas. She and her husband are lifetime members of the President's Council and the Purdue Alumni Association. She is also a member of the John Purdue Club. Cheryl is the very proud parent to two sons, Benjamin Harris and Kaelan Cunningham-Barowsky, and two step-sons Matt and Nick Parsons. Ben is an Arizona State graduate and Kaelan, an Indiana University grad. Matt is a Purdue graduate and Nick is a Purdue Civil Engineering graduate.

Juan Ernesto De Bedout

Advisory Council Chair, Retired Group President Latin American Operations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Juan Ernesto de Bedout retired as group president of Latin American Operations for Kimberly-Clark, maker of Huggies©, Kleenex©, and Scott© consumer products, where he was responsible for the business units in twenty-two Central, South American, and Caribbean countries. Mr. de Bedout joined the company in 1981 as a managing director, and following subsequent roles as general manager, vice president, and president, he was elected group president in 1999. He led numerous expansions, mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, reaching a leadership position throughout the region, and being recognized on various occasions as the best place to work in Latin America by the Great Place to Work Institute. Mr. de Bedout is a director of VF Corporation, maker of lifestyle brands such as The North Face©, Timberland© and Vans©. Additionally, he is chair of Purdue's Engineering Advisory Council, a member of the university's Industrial Engineering and Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Councils and of the Penn State Enterprise Integration Consortium Industry Advisory Board. Born in Medellín, Colombia, he earned his industrial engineering Bachelor (1967) and Master (1968) degrees from Purdue and received the university's Outstanding Industrial Engineer (1998), Distinguished Engineering Alumnus (2000) and Engineering Alumni Association (2002) awards. Purdue bestowed him an Honorary Doctor in Engineering degree (2013) and more recently, the students selected him an Old Master (2014). Of great pride are the strategically-impactful, mutual-benefit programs evolving from the Colombia-Purdue Institute that he has helped forge, also known as the CPI. His two sons and nephew are all engineers, two of them with Purdue PhD degrees.

Dennis Drag

Vice President (Retired) Moffatt & Nichol


Gary Duncanson

President & CEO, Board of Directors No Magic, Inc.

Viveca Fairbanks-Henderson

Senior Director for Kellogg North America Supply Chain Packaging

Viveca Fairbanks-Henderson is the Senior Director for Kellogg North America Supply Chain Packaging. In her role, Viveca is accountable for identifying packaging synergies and solutions across the Kellogg North America business units and distribution channels. Viveca joined Kellogg in 2012. While at Kellogg, Viveca has served as the Senior Director for R&D Cost Optimization where she delivered Food and Packaging reformulation savings across the North America business units; and as the Senior Director for Global Pringles Engineering. Viveca began her career as a Power & Controls Engineer at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991. During her 21 year career at P&G, Viveca progressed through regional and global roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently at P&G, Viveca was the Associate Director of Global Pringles Engineering, Materials and Packaging Innovation. Viveca is a proud Boilermaker and earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue in 1990. While at Purdue, Viveca served as President of the National Society of Black Engineers. After graduation, Viveca maintained strong ties with Purdue serving on the NSBE Industrial Advisory Board, the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Purdue Alumni Association Executive Committee. In addition, she served as President of the Purdue Black Alumni Organization for ten years. Viveca and her husband Darren Henderson, a fellow Purdue electrical engineering alum, live in Michigan. Viveca and Darren are the proud parents of a ten-year old son Bryce that they affectionately describe as an adult history buff in a child's body. Viveca is very engaged in the community and is a member of several service-focused organizations. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the Second Vice-President for the Kalamazoo Michigan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and the Foundation Chairperson for the Southwestern Michigan Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated. Professionally, Viveca is a member of the CALIBR Global Leadership Network. Outside of work, Viveca enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and collecting art. She has a passion for developing youth and frequently conducts etiquette workshops for students at the elementary school, high school and college level. She lives by the following motto: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."

Harold Force

President and CEO, Force Construction Co., Inc.; Executive Vice President, Force Design, Inc.

Mr. Harold Force is President and CEO of Force Construction Co., Inc., and Executive Vice President of Force Design. He joined the family company full time in 1974 after completing his studies at Purdue and was named president of Force Construction in 1980. Force has witnessed the growth of civil engineering over the years, using his firsthand knowledge to help advise the School of Civil Engineering as a member and chair of its Advisory Board. One of the ways in which Force has influenced change at Purdue can be seen in the emerging architectural engineering emphasis of the civil engineering curriculum. This was driven, in part, by his own experience with Force Design, Inc., which offers engineering and architectural design services for the company's design-build projects. The new area of study was a response, as well, to students who sought study and practice that involved the interface of architecture and civil engineering with building design and construction. The Bowen Laboratory for large-scale civil engineering research was also the result of collaboration among civil engineering advisory board members, faculty, and key donors during Force's tenure as chairman. Whether championing new areas of study at Purdue, overseeing nearly 200 projects for Japanese and Japanese joint venture companies establishing operations in Indiana and the United States, or presiding over the Columbus, Indiana, Economic Development Board, Force has found a myriad of ways to contribute to a profession that continues to intrigue him.

Stephen Forrest

Former VPR for University of Michigan

Bill Frederick

Retired, Vice President AppleCare and Logistics, Apple

Bill Frederick recently retired as Apple's Vice President of AppleCare and Logistics, leading a team of people around the world who deliver service and support and manage supply chain logistics for all of Apple's iconic products. Bill has played a vital role in Apple's remarkable growth over the past decade as he built an award winning customer experience in Applecare, grew Apple's logistics infrastructure to enable over 30 times growth in revenue, and helped launch and build Apple's chain of 400 retail stores. Most recently Bill added a new challenge leading Apple's Supplier Responsibility team, ensuring that working conditions in Apple's supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. Bill's over 14 years with Apple have also included roles leading desktop manufacturing and global fulfillment. Prior to Apple, Bill spent 14 years with IBM where he held senior management positions in materials management, logistics, engineering, and information systems. Bill also spent 3 years as Vice President of Operations for Intelligent Electronics, a technology products distributor, where he was responsible for the company's logistics, distribution, and configuration operations. Bill earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue in 1982 and an MBA from Duke University in 1987. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Karen.

Michael Graff

Chairman & CEO for American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.

Jay Ihlenfeld

Retired, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, 3M and serving on the Board of Directors for Celanese Corporation and Ashland Global Holdings

Jay retired as Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific for 3M in 2012. In this role he was based in Hong Kong and traveled extensively throughout the region with responsibility for 14 3M subsidiaries and regional support functions. During his 34 year career with 3M, he held numerous positions including Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Executive Vice President, Sumitomo/3M and Vice President, 3M Performance Materials Division. Besides Hong Kong, Dr. Ihlenfeld has been posted overseas in Germany, Belgium and Japan. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue in 1974 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 2001, Dr. Ihlenfeld received the Outstanding Chemical Engineering Award and also the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue. He received the Distinguished Service Citation from the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Dr. Ihlenfeld is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Celanese Corporation and Ashland Global Holdings. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously served on the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) of the National Academy of Sciences. He also chairs the Visiting Committee of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UW-Madison and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Orchestral Association. His interests include cross leadership effectiveness, educational innovation, building global competitiveness and encouragement of STEM education. Dr. Ihlenfeld and his wife, Cynthia, currently reside in the Twin Cities where they enjoy the arts and travel.

Cathie Kozik

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PSAV

Cathie Kozik is a seasoned leader who believes that success comes from delivering strong results with a great team. She has spent her career building high performing teams in information technology, customer service, and engineering in the telecommunications, public safety and transportation industries. Ms Kozik joined PSAV in 2015 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President. As CIO, Cathie is responsible for ensuring that PSAV has the information solutions needed to improve PSAV??s effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services to our customers around the globe. Prior to joining PSAV, she was the Executive Vice President and CIO for the Hub Group, a $3+ Billion transportation company. Here, she was highly focused on re-invigorating the information technology team to deliver high business value, high quality, on time programs with strategic and secure use of cloud service offerings and other current technologies, processes and approaches. Prior to the Hub Group, she spent 10 years at Motorola,, Inc, where she held roles in customer service and information technology. In addition to leading IT for key divisions such as the Mobile Devices business and overall IT Operations, in 2010, Ms Kozik led the information technology separation of the company as it split into two publicly traded companies. Prior to Motorola, Ms Kozik worked for Tellabs in engineering and Information technology, serving as its first CIO, and for AT&T in engineering. She graduated from Purdue in 1982 with her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, where she was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnae in 2015. She graduated from University of Chicago in 1987 with her Masters of Business Administration. Ms Kozik serves on the board of Northwestern Memorial Health Care (NMHC), one of the nations top providers of healthcare, and the board for Lumity, a non-profit focused on providing transformational experiences to inner city youth, preparing them for lifelong STEM careers.

Milind Kulkarni

Professor Of Electrical And Computer Eng


John Martinson

Managing Partner & Founder for Edison Partners


Keerti Melkote

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer for Aruba Networks

James Miller

Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Google Inc.

Jim Miller is vice president of worldwide Operations at Google. In this role, he has responsibility for global operations, planning, supply chain and new product introduction for Google’s IT infrastructure and Google Fiber. Additionally, he has responsibility for Google Energy and Corporate & Social Responsibility. He is also actively engaged with Google’s efforts in the area of Computational Genomics and Biology as the executive sponsor. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Jim was executive vice president of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, one of the world’s largest electronic manufacturing service providers, where he had responsibility for their industrial, clean tech, multimedia and automotive businesses. Jim has held a variety of leadership roles throughout his career. He has held numerous executive leadership roles in operations and supply chain management at Cisco,, Teledesic LLC, Intel and IBM. Jim has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a “MIT Leaders for Manufacturing” Fellow. Jim serves on the advisory board of a number of West Coast clean tech and supply chain software start-ups, including Docusign. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Committee for Purdue University’s School of Engineering, where is he is a recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award. Jim is also a on the Leadership Council of the Corporate Eco Forum, a cross-industry consortium to help accelerate sustainable business practices. Jim also serves on the MIT Corporation, which provides counsel on current activities and future directions of MIT.

Ken Morris

VP, Global Product Integrity, General Motors Company

Ken Morris was named General Motors Vice President of Global Product Integrity in April 2014. In this newly created role, Morris leads engineering at a vehicle level including performance, safety, supplier quality, systems engineering, validation, connected ecosystems integration, accessories, performance variants and parts, user experience and cybersecurity. His role is to integrate all the different systems and parts in the car to provide the customer a great experience. Previously, he was Executive Director for Global Chassis Engineering with responsibility for the design and execution of fuel systems, suspensions, steering, brakes, tires and wheels as well as powertrain interface systems for all GM vehicles. Morris also served as Executive Director for Global Vehicle Performance of the Proving Grounds and Test Labs from 2006-2013. In this position, he led the teams that execute the crash performance, ride, handling, aerodynamics, fuel economy, noise, and vibration for GM. He also managed the GM Proving Grounds and testing facilities in the U.S., Korea, Germany, Brazil, Australia, China, and India. Morris began his General Motors career in 1989 as a brake systems engineer and has held multiple engineering positions over the years. He was the Lead Development Engineer for the original CTS which marked Cadillac's return to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. During this time, he pioneered GM North America's usage of the famed Nurburgring in Germany for vehicle development. Morris has held GM's highest driving certification since 1998 and has accumulated more than 1800 laps on the Nurburgring Nordschleife while leading the dynamic development of GM’s vehicles. A native of Indiana, Morris graduated from Purdue University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife have two children.

Craig Moughler

Senior Vice President, Valvoline & Managing Director, Valvoline International Inc.

Craig Moughler is senior vice president of Valvoline and managing director for Valvoline International Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the successful long-term growth of international markets for Valvoline, a division of Ashland Inc. Best known for marketing and distribution of its branded Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals in more than 160 countries and territories around the world, it also owns and operates Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC), the second largest quick lube chain in the U.S. In addition to responsibility for international markets, Moughler is charged with expansion of the company's global OEM business, which provides a variety of products and services to a range of original equipment makers. Both the International and OEM business units have been targeted for substantial growth within Valvoline. Mr. Moughler joined Valvoline in 1988 as manager of plant engineering, later moving into vice president positions in several operating units, including VIOC, global manufacturing and distribution, e-business and business transformation. He began his current role with Valvoline International in October 2002. Mr. Moughler serves as a director for Valvoline joint venture operating companies in India, China, Thailand, Ecuador, Columbia and Argentina. At one point he managed his worldwide team from Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China, from 2007 to 2009. A native of Indiana, he holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Purdue University (1979), and an MBA from the University of New Orleans (1984). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has held leadership positions in several industry and charitable organizations, including the Petroleum Packaging Council the World Trade Center of Kentucky, and the Opportunity Workshop of Lexington. Mr. Moughler and his wife reside in Lexington, Ky.; they have three adult daughters who also live in the area.

H. Vincent Poor

Engineering Dean emeritus for Princeton University


David Roberts

Chief Innovation Officer for State of Indiana

Jennifer Rumsey

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins

Jennifer Rumsey is currently Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins. In this role she leads the global technical organization responsible for research and engineering across Cummins four business units. Her early career focused on control systems and system engineering; initially at a fuel processing and fuel cell start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2000 she moved to Cummins and has worked in a variety of engineering roles across Cummins' Engine and Components business units including advanced technology development, new product development, and current product engineering. Jennifer is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Women in Trucking Association. She holds a BSME from Purdue University and a MSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jennifer and her husband Jim have two daughters and are active members of First United Methodist church in Columbus. They enjoy hiking, cycling, and traveling.

William Shropshire, Jr.

Chairman for American Chemet Corporation

James Tompkins

Chairman and CEO Tompkins International

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on designing and implementing end-to-end supply chains. His focus over the last several years has been in the areas of eCommerce, Omnichannel and supply chain transformations. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins global consulting and implementation business and stresses the requirement for Strategy before Structure and Structure before Implementation. Dr. James A. Tompkins received the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) on June 1, 2015. The award is an attribute that recognizes Dr. Tompkins through the contributions he has provided to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. In addition, Jim has served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Materials Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and Purdue has named him a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 additional awards for his service to his profession. His 35-plus years as CEO of a consulting / integration firm and his focus on helping companies achieve profitable growth give him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better. As a high-level business and supply chain strategy advisor, his unique perspective prepares corporations and executives for the future. To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed his blog called “Creating Supply Chain Excellence.” Jim is also a thought leader, sharing insights on business strategy through his presentations and videos, including his most recent on The Alibaba Effect. He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, No Boundaries and Facilities Planning. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at thousands of international engagements. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1969, his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972, all from Purdue University.

Bill Uhrig

Managing Partner for Three Cities Research, Inc.

David Wolf

School of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University, Visiting Professor

Dr. Wolf graduated from Purdue University, with Distinction, in Electrical Engineering then went on to Indiana University Medical School to receive his Doctor of Medicine. During this period he established himself as a pioneer in digital signal processing of medical ultrasonic signals and images. He joined the NASA Medical Sciences Division in 1984 as a researcher, biomedical engineer, and flight surgeon. His initial program was to produce the first echocardiograph for use on the Space Shuttle and evaluate the cardiovascular of microgravity spaceflight. Dr. Wolf then became the Chief Engineer leading the team in design of the medical facility now operational on the International Space Station. Following that, he became the Chief Engineer and then Program manager for the Space Bioreactor which led to numerous innovations, including 17 patents in Dr. Wolf's name, establishing the emerging field of tissue engineering. This technology is now commercialized and in world-wide use for regenerative medicine and cancer research. These accomplishments in combination with his experience as a senior U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and mission ready weapons officer in the F-4 Phantom jet, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel, led to his selection as a NASA Astronaut in 1990. Dr. Wolf is a veteran of 4 spaceflights, 172 days in Space, and 7 spacewalks. His missions included a dedicated Spacelab mission investigating a broad range of human physiology, a long duration (128 day) mission as a Russian Cosmonaut on Space Station MIR conducting materials and biotechnology research, and two major construction missions of the International Space Station now on orbit. He is currently President and CEO of EarthTomorrow Inc., Aerospace Consulting; Founding Partner of SpektronSystems LLC, bringing disruptive innovative enhancement to the pharmaceutical industry, and is a professional speaker as well as Extraordinary Scientist in Residence for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Dr. Wolf has held leadership roles in multiple NASA programs with authority for asset expenditure in the 100+ million dollar range. He specializes in leadership of teams bringing disruptive change dedicated to improvement of the quality of life on Earth.

William Young

Partner for Clarus Ventures, LLC