Engineering Advisory Council - Active

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Jan Allebach
Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jan P. Allebach is Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His current research interests include image rendering, image quality, color imaging and color measurement, document aesthetics, and printer forensics. Allebach is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), and SPIE. He was named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by IS&T and SPIE, and was named Honorary Member of IS&T, the highest award that IS&T bestows. He is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for his work on digital halftoning. Jan became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.
Rita Colwell
Distinguished University Professor, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland
Dr. Rita Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland and at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. She is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water needs worldwide.

As the 11th director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004, Dr. Colwell co-chaired the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. She advocates K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education, and increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. She participated twice in the Old Masters Program and was designated an Outstanding Alumna of the School of Science at Purdue University.

Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations. She has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 700 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

Dr. Colwell has previously served in leadership roles on the boards of many science and microbiology societies. Currently, she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is immediate past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Many universities, including her alma mater, Purdue, have awarded Dr. Colwell honorary degrees—49 in all. The Emperor of Japan bestowed on her the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, and she won the 2006 National Medal of Science here at home. Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the U.K., Australia, France, Israel, Bangladesh, and the U.S., and has held several honorary professorships. A geological site in Antarctica, Colwell Massif, was named in recognition of her work in the polar regions.

Dr. Colwell holds a BS in bacteriology and an MS in genetics from Purdue University, and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Washington.
Gary A. Cummings
Director, Technical Center, JTEKT North American, Inc.
After earning his BS in mathematics with a minor in Industrial Engineering, Gary Cummings earned his MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979. He also attended the Executive Development Program at Cornell University in 1998. Mr. Cummings held several positions with General Motors, including time in Brazil. He recently retired from GM after 32 years of service. Post retirement, Mr. Cummings served as Assistant Vice President at a local Community College. He worked to grow strategic alliances between the Community College and four year institutions. Mr. Cummings is currently serving as the JTEKT NA Technical Center Director. JTEKT supplies Steering, Driveline and Bearing systems to the automotive industry. Mr. Cummings is leading all Steering and Driveline technical, and applications, engineering activities in NA for JTEKT.

Mr. Cummings was actively engaged in the development of many GM products. He is most proud of his chassis leadership role in the launching of the 1998 Camaro and Firebird as well as the 1999 Corvette Z06 titanium exhaust system. He was nominated for the GM Chairman's Award in 1998 and in 2004 won the U.S.Black Engineer of the Year award in the Corporate Promotion of Higher Education category.

Mr. Cummings believes that today's engineering students need to take full advantage of their cultural diversity opportunities. The world is getting smaller every day. Engineers who can work effectively in a diverse team environment, converse in multiple dialects, and communicate effectively in both leadership and supporting roles will be able to write their own ticket for career advancement.

For his part, Mr. Cummings has remained a strong supporter of Purdue engineering. He was the lead coordinator for the GM University Relations Team to Purdue. Several initiatives have been introduced under his stewardship, including the Engineer-in-Residence Program and the Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education. He was also charged with defining and overseeing the development of corporate grant and research activities at Purdue. He is now focused on establishing a strong linkage between JTEKT and Purdue.
Cheryl Cunningham
President, Parsons Cunningham & Shartle Engineers, Inc.
Cheryl A. Cunningham, PE is the President of Parsons Cunningham & Shartle Engineers, Inc. (PCS Engineers). 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 recently published a children's book with her sister, Judy Cunningham. The book, "Yes I Can! I'm Clover Anne!" is the first in the series, "I Can Be An Engineer". This series introduces the concepts of engineering to young children from their perspective. The book is available through Amazon.

Ms. Cunningham is the proud recipient of the 2010 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University. She serves on the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors. She serves on the executive committee of the Indiana American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Board of Directors. She is a past member of the Purdue Civil Engineering Advisory Council. She is a professional engineer in Indiana, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, etc. 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.
Jane Zimmer Daniels
Retired Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Program, Henry Luce Foundation
Jane Zimmer Daniels retired from the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program and the Higher Education Program at the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The CBL Program is the nation’s largest private source of support for women in the sciences and engineering. Grants totaling some $120,000,000 have been made since the program’s inception in 1989 and more than 1500 women have received scholarships, fellowships or professorships since that time.

Jane directed Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program for more than 20 years, initiating pre-college, retention, and faculty programs that are still successful in providing women with the best opportunities to reach their full potential as engineering students. During Jane’s work at Purdue, she founded the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN) and became its first president. She took a year’s leave in 1993-94 to direct the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) first grant program focused on gender equity. When she left Purdue in 2001 to begin her work with the Henry Luce Foundation, Jane was named Director Emeritus of Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program.

Jane has received many tributes for her work on behalf of women in engineering and science including the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award from Purdue Mortar Board; the Vincent Bendix Minorities in Engineering Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); the "Special Boilermaker" Award from the Purdue Alumni Association; and more recently the Distinguished Service Award from the national Society of Women Engineers. She was also named a Woman of Achievement by the Lafayette YWCA and in 2006 joined Leah Jamison in the inaugural class of Purdue’s Women Pioneers. Most recently (2009) Jane was named a Distinguished Alumna by the College of Education at Purdue.

Jane has been a consultant to colleges and universities, industry, and government in the areas of gender equity, organizational effectiveness, and philanthropy. She is author and editor of more than 60 articles and chapters in books and speaks regularly to national and international audiences. Jane is a fellow in both the Society of Women Engineers and the Association of Women in Science.
Juan Ernesto De Bedout
Advisory Council Chair, Retired Group President Latin American Operations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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.
William Dudley
CEO, Bechtel Group, Inc.
Bill Dudley is chief executive officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. He is a member of the company's board of directors and the chairman of the operating committee.

Since joining Bechtel in 1981, Dudley has served in a variety of engineering, project management, and executive management positions around the world.

He became president of the Oil, Gas & Chemicals business unit in 2001, assumed sponsorship of the Mining & Metals business unit's Latin America and Oceania regions in 2003, and added sponsorship of Asia in 2004.

Prior to these assignments, Dudley was located in London, where he served as president of Bechtel's Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia organization, responsible for all Bechtel business lines in the region. Dudley previously was Bechtel's general manager for Southeast Asia, country manager for Thailand, and general manager of Bechtel's pipeline business in Asia.

Earlier assignments included managing projects in Thailand; executive assistant to the president of Bechtel Petroleum, Chemical & Industrial Company in Houston; manager of financial services, manager of project controls; and postings on a range of power generation, petroleum, and chemicals projects.

In April 2008, he became Bechtel's president and chief operating officer, overseeing all of the company's business units: Oil, Gas & Chemicals; Power; Civil; Mining & Metals; and Government Services.

Dudley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in Indiana and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He currently serves on the Board of the U. S.-China Business Council and the Engineering Advisory Council at Purdue.
Duane Embree
Director of the Indiana Office Defense Development and National Director for Military and Defense Initiatives for Ivy Tech Community College
Duane serves as the Director of the Indiana Office Defense Development. This state agency focuses on promoting and growing the Indiana defense sector's military installations, defense industry, and academic assets through local, state and regional economic development organizations and by commercialization of defense and federal intellectual property to create new products, companies and jobs.

Duane also serves as the National Director for Military and Defense Initiatives for Ivy Tech Community College where he focuses on workforce development and economic development initiatives across the defense sector.

Duane is a retired member of the Senior Executive Service where he served in a number of Department of Navy senior civilian leadership roles. Most recently as the Technical Director of the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Duane holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
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.
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.
Gary Gabriele
Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering, Center for Engineering Education and Research, Villanova University
Dr. Gary Gabriele joined Villanova University in 2006 as Dean of the College of Engineering. Prior to coming to Villanova, Dr. Gabriele served for two years as the Division Director for the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. Previous to NSF, Dr. Gabriele was Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also served as Director of the Core Engineering Program and was Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Gabriele was also a professor of mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering where he taught courses in design and design optimization. He was a co-founder and teacher in the Product Design and Innovation curriculum, a multidisciplinary design program combining engineering, architecture and science and technology studies. His design course won national recognition for innovation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Product Design and Innovation program has gotten international recognition by Design News.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the ASEE Engineering Research Council and is a member of the ASEE Board of Directors. His research publications have been in the areas of engineering design teaching, optimization methods, multidisciplinary design optimization, and design of integral fasteners.

He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He spent time in the US Army and at Lockheed before joining Rensselaer in 1984.
Deborah L. Grubbe
President and Owner, Operations & Safety Solutions, LLC
Deborah Grubbe started up and owns a consultancy that offers competitive strategies and methodologies to solve operational issues in the process industries. Formerly vice president of Group Safety for BP plc, Ms. Grubbe oversaw the two safest years in BP's history during 2006 and 2007. She joined BP in 2005 after a 27-year career with DuPont, where she held corporate director roles in engineering, operations and safety.

Ms. Grubbe is a former member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and was a consultant to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board. She is also an Emeritus Member of the Centre for Chemical Process Safety, and was elected in 2013 to the National Academy of Construction for her expertise in capital project management and safety. Deborah is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Near Miss Management, LLC, atech startup in Philadelphia. As a former Board Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Deborah is currently leading an Institute evaluation of the needs around engineering ethics within chemical engineering practice.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Deborah earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and was a Winston Churchill Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England, where she obtained a certificate in post graduate studies in chemical engineering. She received the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award in 1994, the Purdue University Engineering Alumni Service Award in 2001, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2002, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering in 2010. Ms. Grubbe was named Delaware's Engineer of the Year in 2002.

One of Ms. Grubbe's proudest achievements was when she brought a business idea from concept to commercial reality by successfully applying industrial safety to healthcare. Her proudest personal moments come when she is able to help someone overcome an obstacle.
Kaitlin Harris
Undergraduate Representative
Kaitlin Harris is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Anthropology and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Kaitlin grew up in Bedford, Indiana where her passion for nature and the outdoors began. Currently, Kaitlin is a Purdue University Resident Assistant in Earhart Hall where she helps build a community of young women engineers. She is also an Intern at Discovery Park's Center for the Environment. Kaitlin's career goals lie in sustainable communities and resilient culture. She aims to be involved in solving global issues by working to understand local perspectives and create culturally relevant solutions. She recently studied abroad in the Brazilian Amazon and lived with the Kayapó, an indigenous community, where she learned about anthropological methods and Kayapó culture. She is currently involved in a research team focusing on human waste recycling and recovery. In her spare time Kaitlin enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and tree climbing, and loves to experience new places with her friends and family.
Jay Ihlenfeld
Retired, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, 3M
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. 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, 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.
Kathy Kilmer
Director, Worldwide Sales Planning and Analytics
As director of Worldwide Sales Planning and Development for Disney Destinations, Kathy Kilmer oversees two distinct groups that are part of her organization. The Worldwide Distribution Planning team is responsible for defining, developing and delivering technology to support content and commerce solutions for all Disney Destinations sales channels and businesses. This team works closely with Information Technology, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts online, Ticketing and other key groups to ensure they optimize the channels' connectivity and performance. The second group, the Strategy and Planning team, works alongside Sales and Travel Operations (SATO) senior leaders to evaluate and translate channel and distribution strategies into business plans, assess market trends in Sales, drive integration across SATO, develop and administer sales incentive planning, set the third party nets and commission structure, and provide decision support and analytics. Kathy is also co-leading the program management of the CommercePlus project focused on new strategy and tools for shopping and booking a Disney vacation through all channels and at all sites.

Prior to her current role, Kathy was director of Industrial Engineering for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., overseeing more than 120 industrial engineers who served as internal business consultants applying the IE skill set to a multitude of business challenges. Her role involved improving the effectiveness, efficiency and overall profitability across all areas of the business from front-of-house operations (e.g., six theme parks, two water parks, 20 resorts, two Downtown Disney areas, Disney Cruise Line, etc.) to back-of-house operations (e.g., four textile Plants, three distribution centers, asset maintenance, energy management, etc.), as well as sales and marketing, and new development around the world.
A graduate of Purdue University, Kathy received a B.S. in industrial engineering. She also holds a master's of science degree in operations research and an executive master's of business administration from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She was a keynote speaker at the Institute of Industrial Engineers' 2006 Annual Conference; the 2008 Industrial Engineering Congress in Monterrey, Mexico; the 2009 Canadian Operations Research and Lean Health Care Conference in Vancouver; and the Mayo Clinic Conference of Systems Engineering & Operations Research in Health Care in Rochester, MN.
Her leadership of Diversity and Community Service teams at Disney demonstrates her passion and commitment to those efforts, especially as it pertains to increasing K-12 students' awareness of the engineering field. She also shows her commitment through her participation on Purdue University's Engineering Advisory board and the production of a video that describes Industrial Engineering at Disney (the video can be found on IIE's Web site, ).
Kathy is a recipient of the Institute of Industrial Engineers' UPS Excellence Award for Minority Advancement, Disney's Partners In Excellence lifetime achievement award, and Purdue University's Outstanding IE Alumni Award.
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 January of this year 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.
Kate Kustermann Rivera
Chief of Staff for the Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte Consulting's U.S. Technology practice
Chief of Staff to the Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte Consulting's U.S. Technology practice

Kate Kustermann Rivera is a proud Boilermaker with over twenty-two years of consulting, management, and engineering experience in the U.S. and Europe. She is currently the Chief of Staff to the Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte Consulting's U.S. Technology practice. She and her family repatriated to Chicago in 2012 after four years in Paris, where she most recently served as Chief of Staff for Deloitte's Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) Public Sector Consulting practice.

With Deloitte Consulting for over eleven years, she began in the Chicago office as a Senior Manager in Technology Integration, where she helped Public Sector clients redesign their business processes and implement complex technology systems. She then led strategic initiatives in eminence, brand/reputation, and consulting positioning for the U.S. Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Rivera joined the Paris office in 2008, initially conducting Quality/Risk reviews of European Member Firms and then driving strategy to grow the regional EMEA Public Sector practice.

Prior to Deloitte, she served as Deputy Chief Information Officer at the City of Chicago where she reengineered the City's one-billion dollar procurement process and successfully implemented the city-wide Oracle ERP 'e-business' system. She previously worked for Motorola as Manager of Strategic Marketing, where she developed new branding and channel strategies for land mobile products. Prior to that, she was a Senior Associate at CSC Index (management consulting firm) specializing in redesigning operations and implementing culture change in large utility and petrochemical clients. Ms. Rivera began her career as a Product Development Engineer for Procter & Gamble on the Crest and Metamucil health care products.

Ms. Rivera earned her M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1994. In 1990, she graduated magna cum laude with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, where she was awarded the 'Outstanding Senior in the Schools of Engineering' and delivered the engineering commencement speech. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and was honored as an 'Ellen Gabriel Fellow' in 2005 for her leadership at Deloitte.
Kirk A. Law
Vice President, System Products Engineering, NetApp Inc.
Kirk A. Law is Vice president of OEM Systems Engineering at NetApp Inc., a storage solutions company whose products include specialized hardware, software, and services providing seamless storage management for open network environments. Mr. Law is responsible for strategy, planning, and development of system and storage technologies associated with NetApp’s OEM partners. He has also held the position of Vice President of System Products Engineering.

Before joining NetApp, Mr. Law was Vice President of Systems and Platform Development for Cacheflow Systems Inc., a web acceleration company. Previous to this, Mr. Law was with SGI (formerly Silicon Graphics Computer Systems), where he had a primary role in SGI's push to be a premier Digital Media systems and solution provider to entertainment media customers like LucasFilm, Digital Domain, Disney, and CBS. Mr. Law became a senior director of engineering and developed application specific integrated circuits through full platform developments and managed many technical relationships with various partners and customers.

Mr. Law began his career at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ, and then at a research and development center for RCA Corporation. There he received several patents in digital television technologies.

Mr. Law is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, where he has been chapter president from 2006-2008, chaired the Social Action Committee, and currently serves as a one of the Pacific Regional Officers. He has also been a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Eta Kappa Nu (Purdue EE Honor Society). Mr. Law is also a member of the Executive Leader Council (or ELC), the preeminent organization that recognizes the strengths, success, contributions, and impact of African-American corporate business leaders.
Emily M. Liggett
Chief Executive Officer, NovaTorque, Inc.
Emily is currently the CEO of NovaTorque, a start-up company in Sunnyvale CA developing high-efficiency electric motors. NovaTorque is commercializing innovative permanent magnet motor/drive technology while developing a successful manufacturing and business model.
Emily joined DuPont as a field engineer after receiving her Purdue chemical engineering degree in 1977. She began as a process engineer and worked through a variety of assignments in manufacturing, research, strategic planning, and customer technical support. She then attended Stanford University to earn an MBA and an MS in manufacturing systems engineering.

After graduate school, she joined Raychem, a high-growth materials science company. She completed assignments in sales and marketing, operations, and general management assignments, including GM of Telecommunications and CEO of Elo TouchSystems. Ms. Liggett has been CEO of Capstone Turbine, a clean energy company, CEO of Apexon, an enterprise software company dramatically improving manufacturing supplier performance. Her work has taken her around the globe; she has traveled extensively and has lived in Switzerland, Australia and Belgium.

Ms. Liggett was named an Outstanding Chemical Engineer by Purdue in 1999 and a Distinguished Engineering Alumna in 2004. She enjoys applying creativity and problem-solving skills on boards of both for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as in the community, in her church, and with her wonderful family of a Purdue husband and four children.
Christine Maziar
Vice President and Senior Associate Provost, University of Notre Dame
A "triple Boilermaker," Christine Maziar left Purdue with a PhD in electrical engineering in 1986 to begin her career as an academic engineer. Whether as an electrical engineering professor or as a university administrator, Maziar values her education at Purdue both in and outside the classroom. Since leaving Purdue, she has served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Notre Dame.

As vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Maziar was responsible for the administration of a sponsored research program of over $500 million, the implementation of a new sponsored projects administration system, and the university's technology commercialization activities. Dr. Maziar also was instrumental in creating the 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment, which matches private gifts for fellowships through royalty funds generated by sales of a drug patented by a University of Minnesota researcher. Nearly 200 new fellowship endowments were established in a period of four years, and the program continues to grow.

As vice president and senior associate provost, her major responsibilities include overseeing academic budgeting, serving as the principal data steward for the academy, facilitating all faculty appointments, and managing the approval process for changes to Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP).

Dr. Maziar is known to take some ribbing for her Boilermaker roots on at least one Saturday afternoon each football season. But she isn't shy about showing her alma mater's colors, and two of her proudest moments were receiving Purdue's Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award in 2000 and the Distinguished Engineer Award in 2003.
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 runs Google Energy, LLC. He is also actively engaged with Google’s efforts in the area of Computation Genomics and Biology as the executive sponsor. He also is actively engaged in most operational aspects of Google including Access & Energy, Google [x], Chrome, Android and eCommerce.

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.
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 100 countries 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, Venezuela, and Columbia. 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.
Sandra L. Postel
Retired, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Prior to her retirement in August, 2009, Ms. Postel served as Vice President of Manufacturing, Quality and Boeing Production System Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to this, she had assignments such as vice president/general manager of Propulsion Systems, interim president of Boeing Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and vice president of quality for BCA. She also led efforts in design-to-build activities for Boeing 777 new product development, production of advanced composites aircraft components, research and development of manufacturing and quality equipment and processes, and the manufacture and design of aircraft interiors, of which she is most proud to have replaced every interior airplane part to improve fire worthiness.

Ms. Postel is a Distinguished Alumnus at Purdue University (2002), where she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and served on the Society of Women Engineers industrial advisory board from 1995-2009. She completed a master's degree in natural sciences at the University of Wyoming and executive management programs at Duke University and Harvard Business School.

In 2007, Ms. Postel was honored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with its Upward Mobility Award, recognizing her outstanding technical management at the senior level and service as a role model, leader, and advocate for diversity. She is a Fellow in the Society of Women Engineers and serves on the Board of Trustees. In 2010, she was honored by SAE as the recipient of the F Cordell Breed Award for women leaders. She also serves on the board of Special Olympics Washington.

Ms. Postel reminds young engineers that education is not limited to the classroom. Leaders are built through leadership experiences. Students who take advantage of extra-curricular activities are poised for success in their future companies and communities.
Chris Privon
Retired, Vice President and General Manager Imaging and Printing Group Americas--Services
Chris Privon earned his BSME from Tennessee Technological University in 1979 and his MBA from the University of Virginia in 1983. He joined Hewlett-Packard in Boise's Printer Division just before the introduction of the first HP LaserJet printer. He entered HP as a manufacturing engineer, bringing his MBA to bear on product marketing, purchasing, and market development while working on LaserJet and DeskJet products. Always thinking globally, he moved his family to Germany, where for three years he ran the consumer marketing organization for the Imaging and Printing Group. Upon returning to the U.S., he held various executive positions in the HP LaserJet businesses. He now leads the Imaging and Printing Services for the Americas.

During Mr. Privon's 26 years at HP, he has been busy revolutionizing printers: first replacing dot matrix technology and now moving towards rendering copiers obsolete by adding copying and other capacities to LaserJets. Moving into the Services side of HP allows him to learn new business models and sell the new solutions he was responsible for developing to customers in the US, Canada, and Latin and South America.

Mr. Privon has some advice for aspiring engineers: set life goals that integrate career with family, friends, and personal aspirations. Instead of titles and positions in companies, seek out experiences in work that enrich both engineering skills and life. Think globally, as engineering and development is done with teams spanning the globe. And be sure to have fun. The joy is in the journey and achieving your goals.
Sarah Rajala
Dean, James & Katherine Melsa Professor in Engineering, College of Engineering, Iowa State University
Sarah Rajala became the Dean, James & Katherine Melsa Professor in Engineering, College of Engineering, at Iowa State University on April 1, 2013.

Prior to her becoming dean at Iowa State University, Sarah A. Rajala was professor and dean of engineering at Mississippi State University and held the Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport Jr. Endowed Chair. She received her BS degree from Michigan Technological University, and MS and PhD degrees from Rice University.

From 1979 to 2006 Dr. Rajala was a member of the faculty at North Carolina State University and served as director of the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Computing and Communication, associate dean for academic affairs, and associate dean for research and graduate programs. In 2006, she became the department head of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University and held the James Worth Bagley Endowed Chair. During her career she conducted research on the analysis and process of images and image sequences and on engineering educational assessment. She has directed 17 master's theses and 16 PhD dissertations, has authored and co-authored more than 100 refereed papers, and has made contributions to 13 books.

Dr. Rajala has received numerous awards for her research and professional contributions, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000 and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2008-2009, she served as the president of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has been recognized by Michigan Technological University as the Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1986, elected to the Council of Alumnae and Academy of Outstanding Electrical Engineers 1996, and was named their Outstanding Alumnus in August 2008.
Andrew Reynolds
Senior Advisor, Space and Advanced Technologies
Following two years in the private sector, Mr. Reynolds, a career civil servant, has worked at the U.S. Department of Energy (15 years) and State Department (25) in a range of science, technology and engineering fields and related strategic planning, technology forecasting and assessment, non-proliferation, export controls and cooperative research, among other areas of responsibility. He served as DOE Representative for Western Europe at the US Mission to OECD in Paris from 1983-1986 and as Science and Technology Counselor in the US Embassy in Rome from 1996-2000 under a limited Foreign Service appointment.

Before assuming his current position, Reynolds was Deputy and chief of staff in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2000-2011, where he supported four successive Advisers. He led efforts to increase S&T personnel and literacy at State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, strengthen outreach to the U.S. and global S&T community, and foster mid- to long-term strategic planning at State, USAID and across the U.S. government, including the defense and intelligence communities. Mr. Reynolds has been a strong advocate for the seminal role of science and engineering in diplomacy, development and international relations. He has received Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards for his service.

In his current assignment, Reynolds continues to focus on these strategic areas and, inter alia, the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and space assets for development, as well as Internet governance and cybersecurity. He served as Chairman of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), in Geneva, positioning CSTD to provide strategic planning and horizon-scanning capabilities for the UN system and focusing on S&T and engineering, ICTs and Internet as seminal assets to address evolving Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

Mr. Reynolds earned a BA from the University of Virginia, combining pre-medical studies and international relations, including a year at the University of Copenhagen and Goethe Institute. He earned MS degrees in engineering and applied science from George Washington University and strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University. Mr. Reynolds speaks and reads Spanish, Italian, French, and some German.
Joseph Schoendorf
Venture Partner, Accel Partners
Joe Schoendorf has been active in high technology industries for nearly 40 years. He sits on the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He also sits on the USA Board in New York City. Mr. Schoendorf works with Accel's portfolio management to establish significant strategic global relationships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with a strong focus on China and Europe. Mr. Schoendorf has participated as a board member of industry pioneers such as Macromedia (Authorware).

Mr. Schoendorf joined Accel in 1988. Previously he was the vice president of marketing for Apple Computer, executive vice president for Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Ungermann-Bass and a member of the Office of the President, and CEO of Industrial Networking, a joint venture of Ungermann-Bass and General Electric.

In 1966 Mr. Schoendorf came to Silicon Valley. During an 18-year career at Hewlett Packard he held numerous computer marketing and sales positions, including group marketing manager, general manager of Business Development, and general manager of the Corporate Account Division overseeing all large worldwide accounts. He has also has served on the Dean's Advisory Council at Purdue's Krannert School of Business.

Mr. Schoendorf and his wife Nancy, also a venture capitalist, live in Palo Alto.

Besides his family, Mr. Schoendorf's passions are travel, long distance bike riding, and wine collecting.
  Ian Steff
Senior Advisor
Carol Sturman
Founder and President, Sturman Industries
Carol Sturman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in Art from the University of Minnesota in 1967. She completed her graduate courses in art and design at UC Northridge and UCLA in California. Her professional experience began with teaching. Moving into sales, she spent ten years with a large regional California real estate company where she advanced to the position of Vice President in residential home sales.

In 1989 Carol founded a research and development company specializing in the application of high tech digital controls technology in mechanical systems, based on the technology invented by Eddie Sturman, the technical leader of the company, who became a partner with Carol in Sturman Industries in 1990. As the founder and President, Carol was responsible for the company start up, corporate business culture development, contract negotiation and facility location and design.

In the first six years, Carol helped lead the company’s business growth at a rate of approximately 100% annually. Sturman Industries, now located in Colorado, is a multi-million dollar company with 75 employees. The company enjoys successful relationships with major customers in the United States, Europe and Japan.

In 1995 Carol was responsible for site selection and construction of Sturman Industries’ award winning corporate headquarters and R&D Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. It is situated in a unique high country setting on a wooded 600-acre campus that includes 100,000 square feet of facilities. With her background in design, business and a strong commitment to environmental integrity, Carol led the development and construction of the corporate campus. With its natural setting, open space and formal design utilizing stone wood and glass, the headquarters and campus have been recognized for its innovative and creative environment and integration with the natural surroundings.

Besides the stunning environment, Carol has played a significant role in leading Sturman team members in the formation of their nationally recognized culture: a corporate structure that is devoid of formal hierarchy, with an emphasis on respect and teamwork. Carol inspires courage and innovation in Sturman team members with her “Dare To Dream” philosophy.

Compelled by her desire to share the company’s successful culture with others, in 2006 Carol initiated the Sturman Innovation Way Seminar series, training sessions dedicated to “teaching” innovation, corporate responsibility and the company’s digital technology as well as the Sturman R.I.T.E R.O.A.D. culture. Additionally, Carol works with local private and public colleges and universities, environmental groups and businesses dedicated to creative leadership and innovation. These efforts contribute to the realization of the Sturman mission: “To make a positive contribution to the world through our innovative technology and corporate culture.”

In 2007 Ms. Sturman was nominated for the Society of Automotive Engineers prestigious J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders. Out of 27 nominees, Ms. Sturman was announced as the winner of the award presented at the 2008 SAE World Congress, attended by tens of thousands of international participants held annually in April in Detroit, Michigan.
Eddie Sturman
Technical Lead, Sturman Industries
Described by a corporate manager as being “one of America’s greatest natural resources,” Eddie Sturman is a leader in improving process control and mechanical system design. He earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, in addition to a degree in Business. Known for his intensely positive attitude and simple and innovative solutions for mechanical system challenges, he generates numerous inventions annually. Throughout his 40-year career, Eddie has been named as inventor in more than 90 US patents. The number and significance of his patents continue to grow. Eddie pioneered ‘latching’ valves, as a result of his need to develop a more efficient valve for the Apollo space program. In 2003, Eddie was honored by the United States Space Foundation for applying this enabling space technology “to benefit Planet Earth.” in the form of a new series of advanced digital valves used for engine controls.

Eddie’s vision for Sturman Industries is one that inspires a culture of innovation. His goal is to create simple, efficient, needed, safe and economical solutions to the mobility, environmental and energy-related problems of the world. His opinion and advice is sought by many; from those in the diesel mobility industry, as well as from government leaders looking for better ways to solve some of the big problems facing our nation and the globe. Safe, energy-efficient products that help preserve the Earth’s natural resources continue to be his aim.

A native of Israel, Eddie’s first inventions to go to production were solar-powered, sensor-controlled irrigation systems. Eddie became the leader in developing “digital” valves, which bring the advantages of digital controls to the mechanical world as we have seen in electronics applications - miniaturization, improved performance and reduced cost. His digital valves are smaller, faster, and controlled far more precisely than traditional analog valves, allowing faster interfacing with new electronics making it possible to create intelligent, ultra-fast responding mechanical systems.

Sturman has been applying his new “enabling” valve technology to the automotive and truck industries by focusing on improving internal combustion engine control system and developing improved combustion strategies. Eddie’s goal was to provide a practical way to improve fuel economy and eliminate poisonous emissions through the use of his technology and improved system designs without exotic and potentially unhealthy, unsafe and expensive after-treatment alternatives.

Sturman Industries was founded in 1989, by Eddie and his wife, Carol, with a mission to “Improve the world through Sturman innovative technology and corporate culture,” by providing a working environment and a living example that promote creativity and teamwork. Sturman Industries works with major companies worldwide that are interested in the benefits of the Sturman hydraulic digital valve controls and improved system designs. With the support of more than 70 team members, Eddie Sturman is bringing the mechanical world into the digital age.
Sigmar Wittig
Former Chairman, German Aerospace Center Cologne, and Professor emeritus of the Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery, KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
After earning his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 from the Technical University Aachen, Prof. Wittig taught at Purdue University, USA, and worked in industry. In 1976 he became Professor and Chair of the Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery at Karlsruhe University, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His major research areas are in the fields of gas turbine, jet engine and power plant development. He served as Vice President of the German Research Foundation and was Rector / President of the University of Karlsruhe from 1994 through 2002. In 2002 he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of the German Aerospace Center and Space Agency (DLR) until 2007. From July 2005 to June 2007, he served as the Chairman of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2012 he became a Member of the Executive Committee of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Dr. Wittig received various national and international awards and prices, recently the Aircraft Engine Technology Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences and holds five honorary doctorates from German and international Universities. In 2003 he obtained the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2007 the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic. He also serves as a member of several international industrial and public boards of directors and trustees.
William A. Wulf
President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering; AT&T Professor of Engineering and University Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Dr. William A. Wulf is a university professor at the University of Virginia and president emeritus of the National Academy of Engineering. Earlier he was an assistant director of the National Science Foundation, founder and CEO of Tartan Laboratories Inc., and a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Wulf is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the Academy Bibliotheca Alexandria (Library of Alexandria), and a foreign member of the Academies of Australia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Venezuela. He is also a fellow of four professional societies: the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Engineering Consortium, and the Association for Women in Science. He is the author of more than 100 papers and technical reports, has written three books, holds two U.S. patents, and has supervised over 30 doctoral students in computer science.

Dr. Wulf is proud of different things from the various parts of his career, but perhaps his greatest impact has been in reestablishing the National Academy of Engineering as a vibrant contributor to the national dialog on public policy issues with a technical dimension. In his opinion the greatest challenge facing engineers is learning to reliably design extremely complex systems.
Pablo Zavattieri
Associate Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering
Pablo Zavattieri is currently an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His research interests are focused at the boundary between solid mechanics and materials engineering. His current active research program includes elements of multiscale computational modeling of advanced and sustainable structural materials, mechanics of smart materials, hard biological materials and bio-inspired materials. In most cases, bridging length scales from atoms to macroscopic structures. His engineering and scientific curiosity lies on the fundamental aspects of how Nature employs very efficient and elegant strategies to synthesize materials, that often exhibit exceptional mechanical properties that significantly break the trade-offs often achieved by engineering materials, and learn from it to make better and sustainable materials.

Prof. Zavattieri received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the Balseiro Institute in Bariloche (a city located in the foothills of the Andes in Patagonia, Argentina), and his PhD from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in 2000. From 2001 to 2009, he worked as a senior researcher, and was promoted to staff researcher, at the General Motors (GM) Research and Development Center where he led research activities in the general areas of computational solid mechanics, smart and biomimetic materials. While at GM, he was appointed Engineer-in-Residence at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2008-2009 where he had the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and strengthen the links between Purdue and GM.

Prof. Zavattieri is the recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious honor for young researchers. Pablo Zavattieri is also an active member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Engineering Science. He is also involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer where he leads the undergraduate and graduate student paper competitions at the annual conferences. Professor Zavattieri teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses including Materials Engineering, Advanced Solid Mechanics, Computational Mechanics and Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics in the School of Civil Engineering.
Tasha Zephirin
Graduate Representative
Tasha Zephirin is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She is currently a participant in the National Science Foundation sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training in Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials (IGERT-MNM) program, a collaborative effort between Purdue University, Cornell University and Norfolk State University. Her research interests include the development, evaluation, and assessment of STEM institutional diversity efforts across the education continuum. She is an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and currently serves in the role of National Parliamentarian.
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