Polytechnic presents awards to exceptional alumni

2018 Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards

On April 20, Purdue Polytechnic’s Office of Advancement honored 13 outstanding alumni at this year’s Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards, Outstanding Technology Alumni Awards and Early Career Awards. Awardees include aircraft pilots, facilities managers, cybersecurity risk experts and high school STEM educators, among others.

“The Polytechnic Institute prepares our graduates for jobs that do not even exist yet, but will emerge because of the rapid development of emerging technologies,” said Gary R. Bertoline, Purdue Polytechnic dean. “Many of our awardees experienced shifts with their careers due to the rapid acceleration of technology in their industries. They moved beyond what they were hired to do, into new positions of leadership, in part because their Polytechnic education prepared them to grow and adapt. We are enormously proud of them.” 

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Distinguished Technology Alumni Awardees

These recipients have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in their professions, scholarships or other creative activities.

Robert W. Cowgill, Aviation and Transportation Technology
ACI Aviation Consulting

Dato’ Shahriman Bin Shamsuddin, Technology Leadership and Innovation
Sapura Resources

Albert W. Wurster, Construction Management Technology
Wurster Construction

Early Career Awardees

These recipients have graduated from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute within the last 10 years. They have made contributions to both their fields and Purdue University, and they illustrate the promise of becoming leaders among their peers.

Mark Dinius, Computer Graphics Technology
Satterfield & Pontikes

Oluwaseun Odukomaiya, Mechanical Engineering Technology
KBSO Consulting

Brittany Remec, Building Construction Management
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Corey Vian, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Brent Vlasman, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Aviation Management
GE Aviation

Outstanding Technology Alumni Awardees

These recipients have made significant and recognized impacts in their fields, and they remain involved with the Purdue University community.

James B. Gardiner, Construction Management Technology
Owner Rep Consulting

Jeremy Good, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Chris Reffkin, Network Engineering Technology
Crowe Horwath

Perry R. Sinks, Aviation and Transportation Technology

John T. Weitlauf, Engineering/Technology Teacher Education
Benton Central Junior-Senior High

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