Polytechnic presents awards to exceptional technology alumni

On Friday, April 26, 2019, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute marked the sesquicentennial of Purdue University by honoring 11 of the college’s graduates as Distinguished Technology Alumni, Outstanding Technology Alumni and Early Career Alumni awardees. It was the college’s 17th year of recognizing exceptional graduates.

Mary Sadowski, former associate dean of Purdue Polytechnic and professor emerita of the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, joined Gary Bertoline, dean and distinguished professor, to introduce the Distinguished Technology Alumni awardees.

“I am honored to be your host as we recognize the accomplishments of these noteworthy alumni,” Sadowski said. “They were bright and engaged students who have grown into leaders in business, industry and academia.”

Distinguished Technology Alumni Awardees

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

 

Melody Birmingham-ByrdMelody Birmingham-Byrd
Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Duke Energy

BS ’94, Organizational Leadership, Purdue University
MBA ’10, Strayer University
Advanced Management Program ’17, Harvard University

Mark S. LoepkerMark S. Loepker
National Security Agency Executive (retired) for Department of Defense

AS ’74, Aviation Electronics Technology, Purdue University
BS ’77, Electrical Engineering Technology, Purdue University
MBA ’82, Statistical Methods, University of Missouri

Bradford SimsBradford Sims
President for Capitol Technology University

BS ’90, Building Construction Technology, Purdue University
MS ’96, Building Construction Management, University of Florida
PhD ’99, Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University

 

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.

 

Brad CozzaBrad Cozza
Airport Director for Indianapolis Executive Airport

BS ’12, Aviation Management, Purdue University
MS ’13, Aviation & Aerospace Management, Purdue University

Joseph MillerJoseph Miller
Senior Manager for The Boeing Company

BS ’07, Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University
MS ’09, Technology, Purdue University

Cory-Khoi Quang NguyenCory-Khoi Quang Nguyen
Principal Research Scientist for CrowdStrike

BS ’09, Computer Information Technology, Purdue University
MS ’11, Computer Information Technology, Purdue University
PhD ’14, Technology, Purdue University

Zachary PiercyZachary Piercy
Director of Project Controls for Poynter Sheet Metal

BS ’09, Building Construction Management, Purdue University

Outstanding Technology Alumni Awardees

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

 

Rodney GlassRodney Glass
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for HID Global

BS ’92, Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University

Tim KrueckebergTim Krueckeberg
Project Executive for Turner Construction Company

BS ’95, Building Construction Technology, Purdue University

Kurt LutherKurt Luther
Assistant Professor of Computer Science for Virginia Tech

BS ’06, Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University

Chat SchweinzgerChad Schweinzger
Manager for A.T. Kearney

BS ’09, Professional Flight, Purdue University
MS ’10, Aviation & Aerospace Management, Purdue University

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