James Milburn earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction management in 2006. He was in the first class of students who completed the concentration in demolition and reconstruction. Just this year, James struck out on his own, founding Milburn LLC, a company focused on demolition, dismantling and recycling. Prior to that he worked at Kinsale Contracting as a project manager, where he managed demolition projects, valued at over $14 million, researched and implemented a ceiling tile recycling program, and developed business relationships that lead to repeat and negotiated contracts.
James has served on the National Demolition Association for the past five years and in 2011 was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by Opportunity Knocks.
Milburn received the 2014 Early Career Award from the College of Technology. Award winners were asked to how their degree benefited their career. He answered:
- “My technology degree was the foundation that supports my career and working life. I use my college education in my everyday career life, but more importantly, my time at Purdue taught me how to keep learning from everyday experiences.”