Outstanding Materials Engineers (OMSE)

The title of Outstanding Materials Engineer is conferred by the faculty of the Purdue University School of Materials Engineering, in recognition of excellence in some aspect of the field of Materials Science and Engineering or an affiliated profession as exemplified by leadership and accomplishments.


  • Kayla L. Calvert, B.S. '04, M.S. '06, Ph.D '10, Global Director, Metallurgical Engineer, TIMET

  • John L. Hilden, M.S '98, Ph.D '01, Director of Engineering, Syntheic Molecule Design 7 Development, Eli Lilly and Co.

  • Jason R. Jenny, B.S. '92, Director, Operations Excellence, Wolfspeed, Inc.

  • Glenn M. Teuber, B.S. '02, CHief Operating Officer, Google Fi

Previous Year Award Winners


  • Matthew T. Kush, BS '92, Manager, Ceramic Matrix Composites Technology Center, Rolls-Royce

  • Tracy D. Lopes, BS '97, Head, Flexible Robotics, Johnson & Johnson

  • Peter C. Tortorici, BS '90, MS '93, PhD '97, Senior Manager, Medtronic


  • Dr. Carlotta Arthur, Director, Program for Women in STEM, The Henry Luce Foundation, New York, New York

  • Ms. Alison Park, BS '99, Integrated Program Manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne, El Segundo, California

  • Dr. Jacob Jones, Professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina


  • Dr. Voramon Dheeradhada, MS '02, PhD '05, Materials Engineer at GE Global Research Latham, New York

  • Dr. Aaron Pedigo, Materials Engineer at NSWC Crane, Crane, Indiana


  • Dr. Kevin Lohner, B.S. ‘97, Principal Propulsion Engineer at SpaceX, Manhattan Beach, California

  • Mr. Bill Jarosinski, B.S. ’90, M.S. ‘95, Director, Materials at Praxair Surface Technologies, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Ms. Jessica Van Dalen, B.S. ‘07, Patent Attorney (Partner) at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Dr. Dennis D. Keiser, Jr., PhD '92, Metallurgical Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Dr. Janet (Degener) Lumpp, B.S. '88. M. S. '89, Professor; Associate Chair; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Dustin Ruh, B.S. '03, Commercial Director, Arconic, Kirkland, Washington


  • Mr. William Shelley II, BS ’97, MS ’99, Innovation Manager, RD&I at Wieland North America, Louisville Metropolitan Area, Kentucky
  • Dr. Yongho Sohn, PhD ’98, UCF Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Professor of Engineering, Orlando, Florida
  • Mr. Brian Underwood, BS ’88, Manager and Owner, Whaleback SBG, LLC, San Francisco Bay Area, California


  • Mr. Robert A. Hull, BS ’65, Retired Director, Accurate Casting, Inc., LaPorte, Indiana
  • Dr. Frank R. Cichocki, Jr., BS’95, MS’97, PhD’00, Engineering Fellow, Ethicon Inc., Somerville, New Jersey
  • Dr. Nicholas W. Medendorp, Jr., Co-Founder, CEO & Director at UV Innovators Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dr. Lisa C. Veitch, Research Staff Member at IDA New Alexandria, Virginia


  • Mr. Timothy McCrea, BS ’83, Corporate Controller, Centurion Industries, Inc., Garrett, Indiana
  • Dr. Janet M. Sater, MS ’85, PhD ’88, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, Science & Technology Division, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Dr. Richard D. Sisson, PhD ’75, Professor and Director of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence, Worcester, Massachusetts


  • Mr. John E. Barnes, Leader, BS ’92, MS ’94, CSIRO Titanium Technologies, Australia
  • Dr. Kenneth E. Blazek, BS ’65, PhD ’71, Principal Research Engineer, ArcelorMittal, East Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Mary Lee Gambone, BS ’74, Head, Materials Engineering, Rolls Royce North America, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Dr. Ryan K. Roeder, BS ’94, PhD ’99, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana


  • Dr. David F. Bahr, BS ’92, M.S. ’93, Professor and Head, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


  • Dr. Mark C. Petri, Ph.D. ’95, Director of the Electric Power Grid Program, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois

2001 - 2002

  • Dr. Janniah Prasad, MS '64, Met.E, Consultant, Product & Process Development, QEM management Associates, Norwalk, Connecticut

1999 - 2000

  • Mr. Rodger L. Boehm, BS '82, Met.E, Board Member, Meritor; Board Member and Advisor to CEO and Executive Team, Ruggable, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Sooho Kim, M. S. '80, Met.E., Research Engineer, General Motors Global R & D, Warren, Michigan

1998 - 99

  • Dr. Sheikh A. Akbar, PhD '85, Met.E, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ms. Kathleen Kansky Giannini, BS '82, MS '83, Met.E., Manager, Metallurgy and Testing, Ispat Inland, Inc., East Chicago, Indiana
  • Ms. Lorie J. Schmidt, BS '81, Met.E., Associate General Counsel, Solid Waste and Emergency Response Law Office, Office of General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
  • Mr. John M. Storm, BS '77, Met.E., President & CEO, Contour Hardening, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

1997 - 98

  • Mr. Steven E. Ferdon, BS '82, Met.E., Director of Engineering Technology, Fuel Systems Business, Cummins Inc, Columbus, Indiana
  • Mr. James L. Karl, BS '81, Met.E., Memory Products Solutions Manager, IBM Microelectronics, Burlington, Vermont
  • Dr. Tresa M. Pollock, BS '84, Met.E., ALCOA Distinguished Professor, Materials Department, College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
  • Dr. V. G. Veeraraghaven, MS '73, PhD '76, Met.E., Founder and Director, Kripya Group of Companies Vancouver, Washington

1996 - 97

  • Mr. William J. Durako, Jr., BS '81, Met.E., Retired Materials/Metallurgical Engineer, Rockford, Illinois
  • Dr. Kenneth H. Sandhage, BS '81, Met.E., Reilly Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Dr. D. H.R. Sarma, MS '76, PhD '82, Met.E., Senior Patent Agent and Licensing Manager, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Ms. Linda M. Sarros, BS '77, Met.E., Technical Service Representative, ArcelorMittal, Schererville, Indiana