Purdue College of Engineering names distinguished alumni

March 6, 2013  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Engineering has named its 2013 distinguished alumni.

"These 10 alumni represent the highest ideals of the College of Engineering," said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "They are perfect role models for our students of how engineers can improve our world."

The 2013 Distinguished Engineering Alumni are:

* Luis D. Alfaro, vice president of engineering for the Panama Canal Authority. He earned a master's degree 1977 and a doctorate in 1980, both in civil engineering.

* Mark A. Burgess, chief engineer for engineering operations and technology at The Boeing Co. He earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1978, a master's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1979, and a master's in industrial administration in 1982.

* U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter, commander of the 502d Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1985.

* Ronald Klemencic, president of Magnusson Klemencic Associates. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1985.

* William A. Payne III, head of advanced technologies for CTO-North America, Nokia Siemens Networks. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1980.

* Robert W. Rankin, retired chief engineer of powertrain systems engineering for Ford Motor Co. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1972 and master's in 1973, both in mechanical engineering.

* Theodore "Ted" S. Rappaport, David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He earned a bachelor's in 1982, a master's in 1984 and a doctorate in 1987, all in electrical engineering.

* Richard B. Rivir, senior scientist for aircraft propulsion, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. He earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1960.

* Henry T. Sampson, retired aerospace engineer. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1956.

* Robert D. Weist, chairman of Koloa Rum Co. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1962.

More information on the honorees can be found at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/People/Awards/Institutional/DEA/DEA_2013

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

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

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