James A. Tompkins

(BSIE 1969, MSIE 1970, PhD 1972)
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus (1999)
President, Founder, and Chairman
Tompkins Associates
For his outstanding accomplishments in facilities planning, material handling, warehousing, factory automation, and workplace leadership.
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (1997)
President and Chairman
Tompkins Associates, Inc.
"The engineering education I received at Purdue University is the building block upon which I have built my business, career and life. As the founder and chairman of an engineering-based consulting firm, I use my engineering expertise, my engineering problem-solving skills and my engineering tools constantly."