Celebrating Alumnae of Purdue Engineering Summer 2008
Beth Nunning

Event Date: June 1, 2008
Company: General Motors
Year Graduated: 2003
Degree: MSE Interdisciplinary Engineering

Beth has spent the past ten years with General Motors in Product Development. Her experience includes a variety of assignments in Vehicle Development, High Performance Vehicle Operations, and Concept Vehicle Engineering. She is currently working on the Energy Expert team to improve fuel economy in General Motors’ future vehicle programs. Beth holds two degrees from Purdue University; a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering.

Beth is married to Kevin, also a Purdue engineering graduate. Their family includes a one-year-old daughter, Maria, and a dog, Tempe.

Beth has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers since college and is now a Life Member. As a member of SWE-Detroit, she’s worked on the Professional Development Conference committee and been the meeting planning chair. She is now a section representative for the Detroit section.

Still bringing her back to Purdue is her involvement in Purdue SWE’s Industrial Advisory Board and the Industrial Advisory Committee of the School of Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as her duties in recruiting Purdue students for General Motors.

In her spare time, she loves to travel, take pictures, and scrapbook.

With regard to her Purdue degrees, Beth has this to say:

I think it is a huge advantage to have a degree from a nationally recognized top engineering school. Throughout my career I’ve been proud to tell others I have two Purdue degrees. It’s an impressive and much respected achievement.

I also think that Purdue Grads have an instant camaraderie. I keep a Purdue pennant hanging in my cubicle at work. If another Purdue grad walks by, it can start an instant conversation about the dreaded first physics class or weekends at Harry’s. It’s a great networking tool.

General Motors recognizes the value in Purdue engineers. As part of GM’s Purdue recruiting team, I see that Purdue is one of the top four universities in the number of new hires to GM each year.

My years at Purdue were challenging, yet fun and fulfilling. I feel that Purdue gave me a great education, both inside and outside of the classroom. That is why I donate money to Purdue each year and give my time by sitting on advisory boards and speaking at events and in classes. I owe Purdue a lot for what Purdue has taught me.