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2 IEs named as Distinguished Engineering Alumni

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Patti Poppe, Senior VP of CMS Energy Operations & Engineering, 2017 DEA
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Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman of the Bank of Baroda, 2017 DEA
The College of Engineering has named two Purdue IEs as Distinguished Engineering Alumni. This award is presented to men and women who have distinguished themselves in any field in ways that reflect favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general. These alumni are engaged in engineering work and their record of accomplishments is indicated by their growth into positions of increasing responsibility.

Ms. Patti Poppe (MSIE 1991, BSIE 1989) serves as President & CEO at CMS Energy. She credits her Purdue IE educa­tion with helping her get to where she is today. “My Purdue IE degrees are a true point of pride for me,” Poppe stated. “Purdue IE is leading the charge in making a difference in the areas that matter the most, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy.”

Mr. Ravi Venkatesan (MSIE 1986) is the current Chairman of the Bank of Baroda, the second largest bank in India. Prior to this, he was Chairman of both Microsoft India and Cummins India. He is a current board member at the Rockefeller Foundation, a Co-Founder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, and a Venture Partner at Unitus Seed Fund. Mr. Venkatesan is the author of Conquering the Chaos: Win In India, Win Everywhere, published in 2013 by the Harvard Business Review Press. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

All of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni will be honored at a dinner on Feb. 23.


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