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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.

Michael Moses

Michael Moses, BS Physics and Astronomy '89, MSAAE '95, President, Virgin Galactic
Michael Moses, BS Physics and Astronomy ’89, MSAAE ’95, President, Virgin Galactic

As president of Virgin Galactic, a company devising technologies to send tourists and researchers into space, Michael Moses employs the critical-thinking skills he learned at Purdue and refined during a 16-year career at NASA. “Purdue taught me how to solve problems that didn’t have answers in the back of the book,” he says.

Moses served as flight controller, flight controller group lead, flight director and launch integration manager at NASA. In his last three years at NASA, he oversaw 12 space shuttle missions as the program’s launch integration manager. He also was a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as other NASA commendations and awards.

At Virgin Galactic, Moses is helping transform civilian space flight and all aspects of its commercial human spaceflight program, including vehicle processing, flight planning and astronaut training. After a career of working alongside talented engineers, Moses has made another discovery.

“Purdue engineers usually excel when given only half the problem and are left to figure out on their own what to do next,” he says. “This is an invaluable advantage and really sets Purdue grads apart from the pack.”


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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