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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, West Lafayette, Indiana with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Psychological Sciences. Imaging has been a central theme of his research; and he has made many seminal contributions in the areas of printing and scanning, content repurposing, image quality, and image aesthetics. Algorithms developed in his laboratory have been licensed to major vendors of imaging products, and can be found in the drivers, firmware, and hardware (ASIC) of 100s of millions of units that have been sold world-wide.
Professor Allebach has received numerous recognitions for his research and teaching. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IS&T (The Society for Imaging Science and Technology), and SPIE. He was named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by SPIE and IS&T, and received Honorary Membership from IS&T, which is its highest award. He received the Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies an IEEE Field Award. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Inventors. From Purdue University, he has received ten different awards for teaching, research, and mentorship. He is currently serving a 2-year term as IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer. Most recently, he has received the 2016 Edwin H. Land Medal from the Optical Society of American and IS&T.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deborah L. Grubbe
President and Owner, Operations & Safety Solutions, LLC
Deborah Grubbe is President of Operations and Safety Solutions, 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. A former member of the State of Delaware Engineering Board, she is currently leading an Engineering Ethics Collaboration Project between the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the United Kingdom. She is also an Emeritus Member of the Centre for Chemical Process Safety.
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, and was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2013.
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 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.
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.
Director, Sales Channel Analytics and Insights
As director of Sales Channel Analytics and Insights for Disney Destinations worldwide, Kathy oversees a team that works alongside Sales and Travel Operations (SATO) and Marketing senior leaders to evaluate and translate channel and distribution strategies into business plans, assess market trends in Sales, develop and administer sales incentive planning, set the third party nets and commission structure, and provide decision support and analytics. In addition, her Sales Channel Program Management team provides integration and continuous improvement support for the sales teams and worldwide call centers in the areas of technology implementations, telecommunications, and intermediary sales applications.
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. During her time at Purdue, she spent five terms in the co-operative engineering education program working at General Electric. She also holds two master's degrees from the University of Central Florida (UCF): a master's of science degree in operations research and an executive master's of business administration.
In addition to many keynote speaking engagements, she is on Purdue University's Engineering Advisory board and INFORMS Analytics Certification Board. She has demonstrated her passion and commitment to increasing K-12 students' awareness of the engineering field through a video that can be seen on IIE's website (http://www.iienet2.org/media/disney/flowplayer.htm) and being featured on the Today in America show.
Kathy is a recipient of the Institute of Industrial Engineers' (IIE) UPS Excellence Award for Minority Advancement, Disney's Partners In Excellence lifetime achievement award, Purdue University's Outstanding IE Alumni Award, IIE's Fellows Award, is an inductee in Purdue University's Engineering Cooperative Education Hall of Fame, and recently received Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumni award.
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.
Kate Kustermann Rivera
Chief of Staff to Technology Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Kate Kustermann Rivera is a proud Boilermaker with over twenty-four 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 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 twelve 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 financials and purchasing 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.
Emily M. Liggett
Chief Executive Officer, NovaTorque, Inc.
Ms. Emily Maddox Liggett joined DuPont as a field engineer after receiving her chemical engineering degree. She began as a process engineer and worked through a variety of assignments in manufacturing, development, strategic planning, and customer support. She attended Stanford University to earn an MBA and an MS in manufacturing systems engineering.
Ms. Liggett's work has taken her around the globe: Lausanne, Switzerland, with EPFL; Sydney, Australia, with McKinsey Consultants; and Brussels, Belgium, with the European Community Task Force for Industrial Innovation. 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.
Since then, Ms. Liggett has been CEO of Capstone Turbine, a clean energy company, CEO of Apexon, a manufacturing software company and is currently CEO of NovaTorque, a high efficiency electric motor company. Emily also serves on the Board of Directors of UCT (NASDAQ: UCTT). She loves growing businesses through developing and launching new classes of technology-based products and is proud of developing new conductive polymer applications, such as self-limiting heaters and resettable fuses, introducing touchscreens as computer input devices, and generating energy with clean gas turbines. Solving important problems without causing negative consequences is an important challenge for engineers. Her advice for engineering students is to take time to look at the big picture while respecting the need for attention to detail.
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.
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.
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, Amazon.com, 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.
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.
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.
Retired Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Reynolds served 40+ years at the U.S. Departments of Energy and State with responsibilities for S&T and engineering issues, forecasting, strategic planning, non-proliferation, export controls and cooperative research. He was DOE representative, US Mission to OECD in Paris, 1983-1986; Executive Secretary, US/USSR Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy Agreement, 1986-1990; S&T Counselor, US Embassy, Rome, 1996-2000; and Deputy to four S&T Advisers to the Secretary of State, 2000-2011. From 2007, he led the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission on S&T for Development and served as Chairman in 2013-2014. In 2011, Mr. Reynolds was appointed Senior Advisor for Space and Advanced Technologies, concluding his federal career in the Office of International Communications and Information Policy which facilitates Internet governance and deployment of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development.
Mr. Reynolds serves on boards at Purdue, Virginia, and Villanova, Engineers without Borders-USA, and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. He advises the UN on S&T, engineering, ICTs and Internet as enablers for the new Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Development Agenda, is a member of UN Network Eleven and a Senior Fellow in Global Urban Development, an NGO. Mr. Reynolds holds a BA from UVa and MS degrees from GW University and the National Intelligence University.
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.
Founding Vice Chairman, Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Executive Board, New York, NY
Founding Vice Chairman, Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Executive Board, New, York, NY
After earning her BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, Ms. Sherwood began her career at General Electric Medical Systems (now known as GE Healthcare) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she worked in engineering, marketing and sales positions. This was an exciting time to work in the radiology industry because the MRI scanner had just received FDA approval. She subsequently earned her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After working as a management consultant in the plastics and petroleum industries, Ms. Sherwood made a conscious decision to return to the healthcare industry. As a healthcare consultant, she advised hospitals and physicians on developing radiology and other outpatient centers and conducted due diligence for the venture capital division of the LINC Group, a health care finance company in Chicago.
After moving to the New York area with her husband and three young children, Ms. Sherwood turned her focus to the subject of environmental health, a lifelong passion. In 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Philip Landrigan, the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ms. Sherwood co-founded the executive board of the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in New York. She served in the role of Vice Chairman of the Executive Board for seven years and founded a fundraiser, aptly named, "Greening Our Children", that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. Through board contributions and its fundraiser, the CEHC raised over $4 million to fund a laboratory called the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory to honor the late U.S. senator from New Jersey. The lab is dedicated to analyzing chemicals and air quality to determine the possible environmental causes of autism, ADHD, pediatric cancers and other diseases affecting today's children. Chemicals of concern include artificial turf field crumb rubber, flame-retardants, pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals found in perfumes and plastics, and lead.
Ms. Sherwood has successfully lobbied for the ban of BPA in baby bottles in Connecticut and has lobbied for bans of phthalates in personal care products, shredded tire crumb rubber on playing fields and playground surfaces, and flame retardants in furniture. In addition to her work as an environmental health lobbyist and CEHC board member, Ms. Sherwood is committed to working with Dean Jamieson to promote the value of a Purdue Engineering degree to prospective students in the New York tri-state area.
Senior Advisor, Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing, IEDC
Ian Steff serves as the State of Indiana's Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing. Steff joins the IEDC, the state's lead economic development agency, fresh from the nexus of technology, policy, and economics, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in Washington, DC. At SIA for nearly a decade, he served as vice president of global policy and technology partnerships. During his tenure, Steff led initiatives that promoted market growth on behalf of American chip designers and manufacturers. He also supported successful technology partnerships between industry, government, and universities to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the nanotechnology era.
In Indiana, Steff oversees strategies to further develop the nanotechnology industry and related advanced manufacturing initiatives. Lux Research estimates that global sales of products containing nanotech components will reach $2.4 trillion in 2015. With its location, excellent economic climate, and access to strong research universities and high-tech community colleges, the state will promote and build upon its existing nanotechnology platform to attract major investments and jobs. Steff manages projects associated with the nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing vertical, business attraction, expansion and retention including the coordination of site visits, and working with local economic development organizations and other organizations/agencies.
Steff graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University where he possesses a B.A. in International Studies. He also studied at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and completed the George Washington University's M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a past recipient of the D.C. NASA Space Consortium Grant.
He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Information Technology Office in Beijing, and on the Executive Committee of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and the Advisory Board of Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) School of Microelectronics. Steff is on the Board of Directors of the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). He serves on the Dean of Engineering's Advisory Council at Purdue University and the Advisory Council for the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI. Steff is a member of the program committee for the International Nanotechnology Conference (INC) on Communication and Cooperation. Prior to SIA, Steff worked for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.
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
Carol, with her husband, Eddie, presented a TEDx talk in October 2015. Their talk, “A Global Solution: Environment, Energy, Economy” can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0Szgs9ixM
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 nearly 50-year career, Eddie has been named as inventor in more than 150 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.
Eddie, with his wife Carol, presented a TEDx talk in October 2015. Their talk, “A Global Solution: Environment, Energy, Economy” can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0Szgs9ixM
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.
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 was awarded with an Honorary Doctor Degree from Purdue in 2000 and 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.
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.
Associate Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering
Pablo Zavattieri is currently an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His research interests are in the area of advanced and multifunctional materials. 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 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. He was recently named University Faculty Scholar for the period 2015-2020. Pablo Zavattieri is also an active member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Materials Research Society and the Society of Engineering Science. He has been involved in the leadership of the Graduate Programs of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Professor Zavattieri teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses including Materials Engineering, Advanced Solid Mechanics, Computational Mechanics and Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering.
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.