John A. Edwardson Jr.

(BSIE 1971, HDR 2006)
Honorary Doctorate (2006)
Chief Executive Officer
CDW Corporation
John Edwardson has distinguished himself in building and managing large organizations, leaving a lasting impact on the global industrial enterprise.
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus (1988)
Executive Vice President-Finance and CFO
Northwest Airlines, Inc.
For his exceptional leadership in a variety of management positions and his proven ability to successfully build and manage large technically-based organizations.
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (1997)
President and Chief Operating Officer
UAL Corporation and United Airlines
"What I value most about my industrial engineering education at Purdue is the application of the scientific method of problem solving. It continues to be a tool I use every week. Learning how to think through a problem to a successful solution has helped me view problems as opportunities."