After graduating from Purdue in May of 1990, Mark Beals started out working for a small, family-owned temperature control contractor and worked on several K-12 projects in the Indianapolis area. His first higher education facility took him back to campus to work on a project at Knoy Hall. After four years, he worked for an electrical contractor in Indianapolis, estimating electrical systems projects and temperature control projects.
In 1998, Mark joined J&T Systems, a small, privately owned business that has transitioned to Carrier/Automated Logic. In 2018, he became Automated Logic’s midwest area engineering manager, responsible for all of the firm’s engineering operations in Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Muncie and Indianapolis, Indiana. During this time, Mark has worked on several projects on campus and, thanks to professor Bill Hutzel, has given presentations to several MET classes.
One of the things that Mark is most proud of since graduating from Purdue is serving as the president of Albany Christmas, Inc. This organization in his adopted hometown of Albany, Indiana, is an all-volunteer organization that raises money to help children in need have a better Christmas. On average, Albany Christmas helps 170 children each Christmas.
This was originally written for the Outstanding Alumnus Awards in 2022.