Tom Frooninckx is Interim Head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology and concurrently serves as Managing Director of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of 10 colleges at Purdue University.
In his role as Interim Head, Tom provides leadership and support to a vibrant school of over 65 faculty, flight instructors, and staff delivering applied-learning education to nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering technology, aerospace financial analysis, airline management and operations, airport management and operations, aviation management, professional flight, and unmanned aerial systems.
In his role as Managing Director, Tom’s responsibilities include a variety of activities related to the transformation and day-to-day operation of the college, including strategic planning, space management, capital project management, scholarships, data analysis and reports, and other projects and initiatives assigned by the Dean.
Tom earned a B.S. in Aeronautics from Saint Louis University, an M.S. in Space Physics from Utah State University, and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. He is a 28-year veteran of the United States Air Force and completed his military career as commander of the Air Force ROTC unit at Purdue, leading the organization to be named the #1 program in the nation in 2010. Tom subsequently worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two years before returning to Purdue in 2014 in his current role. He has led multiple organizations, worked in 18 countries across Europe, Asia, and South America, managed multimillion-dollar projects, and instructed leadership, management, aviation meteorology, and human resource courses in the Air Force and at Purdue.