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2018 College of Engineering Giving Report

The Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae 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. The distinction of DEA has been bestowed upon 540 outstanding individuals.

Carlos Odio

Carlos Odio, BSIE '65, BSCE '65, Partner and Board Member, Valle Del Tarso S.A. and TicoFrut S.A.
Carlos Odio, BSIE ’65, BSCE ’65, Partner and Board Member, Valle Del Tarso S.A. and TicoFrut S.A.

During the 1980s, Carlos Odio was keenly aware that coffee production yielded economic, social and political stability in his home country of Costa Rica. But there was one issue he wanted to address: How can lower-altitude places that can’t grow coffee still flourish? The answer from this Purdue-educated industrial engineer: Grow citrus.

Odio saw citrus “as lowland coffee,” leading him and a partner to establish TicoFrut in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1987. His success at TicoFrut created significant economic progress for Costa Rican lowland farmers and their families.

During his time as president before stepping aside in 2014, Odio led efforts to build 11 computer centers for providing internet access to communities surrounding the groves. TicoFrut also collaborated with the Nicaraguan government to establish a 17,500-acre orange grove.

Today, Odio serves as a partner and board member for TicoFrut, which is now the third-largest supplier of orange juice to the United States. After achieving great success, he says the creativity of his Purdue engineering education prepared him best to compete and lead in his career.


Fall 2018


Dean's Message

Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale

Dean Mung Chiang: On a Global Listening Tour

Giant Leaps in Engineering, Discovery Park District

The College of Engineering Makes Its Mark

Neil Armstrong: Inspiration Cast in Bronze

Our Gratitude for a Stellar Year


2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae

Investments in Infrastructure
Expansions and improvements to teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, offices

Elevating Student Experience
Scholarships, student opportunities, diversity programs, student clubs

Dedicated to the Cause
Fundraising, event hosting, activity planning, advisory boards, networking with alumni

Funding Research
Laboratory infrastructure and equipment, project startup funds, graduate student support

Flexible Gifts
Administrative funds, student travel and networking, unexpected opportunities

Fueling Faculty
Rewarding, retaining, recruiting faculty and promoting diversity in engineering

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