College of Engineering to honor 9 alumni

February 16, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Engineering will honor nine alumni Friday (Feb. 19) during the Distinguished Engineering Alumni program, part of National Engineers Week.

  "This group of Purdue engineers represents an extraordinary array of achievements and leadership," said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "Utilizing their Purdue educations to the fullest, these men and women have a measurable and substantial influence on the world around them."

The 2010 Distinguished Engineering Alumni are:

* Thomas A. Burke of Racine, Wis., who earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural and biological engineering and is president and CEO of Modine Manufacturing Co. Burke is being honored for his contributions to the development of energy-efficiency technologies and improved operational effectiveness in the vehicle component and systems industry.

* Geoffrey T. Crowley of Appleton, Wis., who earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary engineering and is president of Northshore Leasing LLC. Crowley is being honored for his innovation, entrepreneurship and national leadership in the aviation industry.

* Darryl W. Davis of Wildwood, Mo., who earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and is president of phantom works for Boeing Defense, Space and Security. Davis is being honored for his technical and managerial leadership in the military aerospace industry.

* Norman L. Gilsdorf of Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and is president of Honeywell Process Solutions. Gilsdorf is being honored for his technical and business achievements and his contributions to Purdue.

* Paul J. Hommert of Albuquerque, N.M., who earned a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and is executive vice president and deputy laboratories director of nuclear weapons programs at Sandia National Laboratories. Hommert is being honored for his contributions in the area of national security.

* Carl J. Johnson of Gibsonia, Pa., who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is chairman and director of II-VI Inc. Johnson is being recognized for his technical, entrepreneurial and management success and his support of education.

* Terry M. Manon of Danville, Ky., who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and is retired director of commercial systems air handling strategy for Trane Inc. Manon is being honored for his global achievements as a leader in the HVAC industry.

* Joan M. Miller of Englewood, Colo., who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and is senior vice president of energy and chemicals for CH2M HILL. Miller is being honored for his accomplishments in environmental preservation and sustainability and her leadership in promoting inclusivity for women in engineering.

* Kenneth S. Price of Zionsville, Ind, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in civil engineering and is chairman of Heritage Environmental Services LLC. Price is being honored for his accomplishments in civil engineering, particularly in creating solutions for environmental sustainability.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu  

Source: Leah Jamieson, 765-494-5346, lhj@urdue.edu

Note to Journalists: More information on the honorees and their photos can be found at         https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/People/Awards/Institutional/DEA/DEA_2010/