Engineering Advisory Council - Active

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Sirisha Bandla

VP of Government Affairs at Virgin Galactic


Catherine Bradley

Me Ugra - Student Service


Timothy Cahill

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

Luciano Castillo

Kenninger Prof Rnwbl Energy And Pwr Syst

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.

Kerrie Douglas

Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education

Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education

Dennis Drag

Vice President (Retired) Moffatt & Nichol


Gary Duncanson

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


Rick Echevarria

VP, Intel RISE Technology Initiative, Olympics and Paralympics Program


Keyvan Esfarjani

EVP, Chief Global Operations Officer, SVP Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Operations at Intel

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."

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.

Anna Giesler

Graduate Research Assistant


Michael Graff

Chairman & CEO for American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.

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.

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.

Beth Moses

Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic


Ersal Ozdemir

President and CEO of Keystone Group


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.

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