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John
A.
Edwardson
Jr.

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."