Distinguished Technology Alumni

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Our Distinguished Technology Alumni (DTA) offer a glimpse into the thousands of success stories among our graduates. Wherever they have landed, our honorees have harnessed the power of their Purdue degrees to positively impact their chosen professions. The alumni we honor as "distinguished" are those that have used their educations to change how we do things today and improve the world for tomorrow.

We commend these individuals for their triumphs. We hold them up as examples for our students. We honor them as Distinguished Technology Alumni. Congratulations to each of them!


  • Have a degree from Purdue University College of Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and/or the College of Technology Statewide System (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate);
  • Have an established career and exhibit high potential for future growth, particularly positions of greater responsibility;
  • Have made exceptional acts of philanthropy to the University, national or world scene; and/or; have a capacity and interest to provide philanthropic support to the department, college, or Purdue
  • Have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in scholarship, their profession, or other creative activities, whether or not they are widely known by the general public; OR
  • Have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and development of Purdue University or the communities of which they are a part

Only Purdue Polytechnic faculty/staff may submit nomination for this category

Past Recipients

DTA 2024

DTA 2022

  • Brian Birk (AS '82 Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS '83 Mechanical Engineering Technology)

DTA 2021

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Anklam, III (Ph.D. '15 Technology)
  • Donna Boyer Beering (AS '84 Aeronautical Technology, BS '86 Aviation Technology)
  • Sally Shepherd Haimbaugh (BS '85 Computer and Information Technology)
  • Sharon Rodriguez (BS '82 Technology Leadership and Innovation)
  • Dana Vogt (BS '83 Technology Leadership and Innovation)

DTA 2019

  • Bradford Sims (BS ’90, Building Construction Technology; MS ’96, Building Construction Management, University of Florida; PhD ’99, Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Mark S. Loepker (AS ’74, Aviation Electronics Technology; BS ’77, Electrical Engineering Technology; MBA ’82, Statistical Methods, University of Missouri)
  • Melody Birmingham-Byrd (BS ’94, Organizational Leadership; MBA ’10, Strayer University; Advanced Management Program ’17, Harvard University)

DTA 2018

DTA 2017

Photos of the 2017 Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards ceremony

DTA 2016

  • Mike Dilts (BS '81 Construction Management Technology)
  • Rob McKinney (BS '91 Aviation and Transportation Technology)

DTA 2015

DTA 2014

DTA 2013

DTA 2012

DTA 2011

DTA 2010

DTA 2009

DTA 2008

DTA 2007

DTA 2006

DTA 2005

DTA 2004

DTA 2003