Purdue News

November 10, 2004

Purdue's mechanical engineering school honors alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Nine Purdue University graduates have been honored as Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumni. The awards, which were created to recognize the school's alumni for significant professional contributions to the field, were presented during an October ceremony.

This year's honorees were:

• Ali S. Argon, of Cambridge, Mass. Argon, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1952, has served as a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1960.

• Richard J. Brown, of Libertyville, Ill. Brown earned a bachelor's degree in 1947, and he is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Homes, the largest homebuilder in the state of Illinois. He also is president of Richard J. Brown Reality.

• Edsel R. Glasgow, of Glendale Calif. Glasgow received a bachelor's degree in 1962. He works as the technical vice president for advanced development programs at Lockheed Martin.

• Joe D. Hoffman, who was a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue for 38 years. He began his tenure after receiving a doctoral degree from Purdue in 1959 and also served as director of the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories. Now a professor emeritus, Hoffman lives in Clinton, Wash.

• Dennis E. King, who serves as CEO of Dunlap & Co. in Columbus, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1959.

• Thomas W. Lester, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in 1970, 1972 and 1974, respectively. Since 1990, he has served as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington.

• James M. Mayer, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1952. He is the Regents' Professor and P.V. Galvin Professor of Science and Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe.

• Allison R. Schleicher III, who earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1966. He is the retired vice president of finance for IBM Global Financing and lives in Napa, Calif.

• William W. Smith, a Medina, Wash., native who earned a bachelor's degree in 1956. He is the retired executive vice president of Primex Technologies and retired president of the company's Aerospace and Electronics Division.

Note to Journalists: Additional information on the award recipients is available.

Writer: Matt Holsapple, (765) 494-2073, mholsapple@purdue.edu

Source: Audra K. Brickner, director of development, School of Mechanical Engineering, (765) 494-5629, abrickner@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:

College of Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering


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