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February 23, 2007

Purdue College of Engineering honors 10 distinguished alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's College of Engineering honored 10 graduates on Friday (Feb. 23) during the 2007 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation.

"Each year we recognize some of our most outstanding engineering graduates. These alumni have had spectacularly successful careers and have had an impact in their institutions, their communities, their profession and in the world," said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "Purdue's College of Engineering has more than 76,000 alumni, and we are proud of the myriad contributions they have made.

"From this very large and accomplished group, it is always difficult to select our Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Since the start of the award, 438 of our alumni have been recognized with this great honor."

The 2007 recipients are:

*   Allen H. Alley of Lake Oswego, Ore., chairman of Pixelworks Inc. in Tualatin, Ore, and deputy chief of staff for the governor's office in Oregon. Alley earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1976.

*   Marcia P. Alstott of Pleasanton, Calif., vice president of data management operations and systems infrastructure for Sun Microsystems Inc. in Newark, Calif. Alstott earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1979.

*   Robert A. Altenkirch of Newark, N.J., president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Altenkirch earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering in 1970 and 1975, respectively.

*   C.J. Chang of Taiwan, president of Chung Hua University. Chang earned a doctoral degree in civil engineering in 1979.

*   William H. Gerstenmaier of Alexandria, Va., associate administrator for space operations for NASA in Washington D.C. Gerstenmaier earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering in 1977.

*   John H. Hager of Richmond, Va., assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in Washington D.C. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1958.

*   Michael H. Ott of Abington, Pa., president, CEO and owner of Polysciences Inc. in Warrington, Pa. Ott earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1974.

*   Rick Roberts of Kingwood, Texas, senior vice president of manufacturing for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. in The Woodlands, Texas. Roberts earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1976.

*   Joseph P. Schoendorf of Palo Alto, Calif., executive partner of Accel Partners. Schoendorf earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1966.

 *  Thomas D. Weldon of Atlanta, chairman of The Innovation Factory in Duluth, Ga. Weldon earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1977.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin (765) 494-4192,

Source: Lisa Tally, engineering senior writer and managing editor, (765) 494-9996,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Complete biographies and publication-quality photos of the recipients will be available Saturday (Feb. 24) on the 2007 Distinguished Engineering Alumni page at
 or by contacting Lisa Tally at (765) 494-9996,

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