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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.

Dennis Cooke

Dennis Cooke, BSEE ’86, ’88, Global Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder System Inc.

As president of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder System Inc., Dennis Cooke is at the forefront of global operations for the company’s largest business segment.

He oversees Ryder’s largest truck leasing and rental business segment, providing service for over 14,000 lease customers, 50,000 retail customers and more than 230,000 vehicles in 800 locations. During his executive career, he has made contributions in health care, transportation and supply-chain management.

Purdue has played a significant role in Cooke’s career by teaching him what he describes as the four main lessons he learned in college — problem-solving, learning subjects well enough to make them simple, perseverance and teamwork.

“I have always believed in what I call the four C’s of business leadership: customer focus, collaboration, change and courage,” he says. “I personally try to live these values in my professional career and look for leaders who exhibit these values to be part of my team.”


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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