Distinguished Engineering Alumna (2021)
Ivy Tech Community College
For her groundbreaking role in becoming the first woman President of the nation's largest singly-accredited Community College System, as well as her exceptional service to the State of Indiana through roles in economic and workforce development and public service.
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (2013)
Sue Ellspermann was elected Lt. Governor of Indiana in November 2012. She established a career in engineering and management at AC Spark Plug, Michelin, and Frito-Lay. In 1986, Sue founded Ellspermann and Associates, Inc., which provided problem-solving and strategic planning facilitation and training. In 2006 Sue became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research. She was instrumental in developing the USI-Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane Partnership that includes a focus on technology commercialization. She held the director position until January 2012. Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010, Sue served as vice chair of the Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committee and was a member of several others. In 2012, Sue joined Transformation Team, Inc., a strategic marketing firm located in Dubois County, as director of strategic engagement. Sue also holds a PhD in IE form the University of Louisville and is a past member of the Industrial Engineering Advisory Council.