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April 23, 2007

School of Industrial Engineering recognizes outstanding alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's School of Industrial Engineering honored eight outstanding alumni during a reception in the Purdue Memorial Union.

The recipients were honored March 30 for their contributions and leadership within their professions. The 2007 Outstanding Industrial Engineering alumni honorees are:

* Patricia L. Anslinger of New York City, who served as the global head for mergers and acquisitions for Accenture's Strategy and Business Architecture Practice Inc. Accenture is an international management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company based in New York. Anslinger earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1982 and her master's in business from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

* Larry Bagwell of Fort Wayne, Ind., retired chairman, president and CEO of Rea Magnet Wire Inc. He currently serves as director of the Rea board. Rea is the largest magnet wire manufacturer in North America and is based in Fort Wayne. Bagwell also served on the Parkview Hospital board of directors and is a member of the Parkview Health Group Audit Committee, both in Fort Wayne. He earned his bachelor's degree from the General Motors Institute and a master's degree from Purdue in 1969.

* James D. Gibbons of Fairfax Station, Va., president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind. The organization, based in Alexandria, Va., is dedicated to identifying and developing employment opportunities for the blind through the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program. The program was created through an act of Congress to provide employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Gibbons also is president of the North American/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1985 and was the first blind person to receive a master's degree in business from Harvard.

* William H. Pettibone of Bloomfield Village, Mich., is co-owner and co-chairman of Commercial Contracting Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Mich. The company provides project management for equipment installations and construction services for manufacturing facilities throughout North America. The company recently was recognized as one of Michigan's top 200 private companies. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1967 and attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

* Thomas D. Kampfer of San Diego is president and chief operating officer of Iomega Corp. The company, based in San Diego, provides data storage and protection solutions for other corporations and organizations. He is responsible for managing all research and development, operations, product strategy, marketing, human resources and legal affairs for the company. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1985 and a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University.

* Daniel E. Keefe of Shanghai, China, is director of Kodak Co.'s Asia Supply Operations. The division, based in Shanghai, China, handles the conversion of imaging technology from film to digital. The operation received Kodak's Greater Asia Chairman's Quality Award four times. Keefe earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1981 and a master's degree in operation management from the University of Rochester.

* Kathleen A. Kilmer of Winter Garden, Fla., is director of the industrial engineering and management division for Walt Disney World Resort. The resort, based in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is the world's largest vacation destination. She is a recipient of Disney's lifetime achievement award, "Partners in Excellence." She also was a keynote speaker at the 2006 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference. She earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1992 and master's degrees in operations research and business from the University of Central Florida.

* David J. Meyer of Chicago is vice president and general manager of Cardwell Westinghouse, a division of Wabtec Corp. Located in Chicago, the company is a global provider of technology-based products and services for the rail industry. He received a U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal when he left the U.S. Army Reserve in 2002. He earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1995 and his master's degree in business from the University of Chicago.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192,

Source: Nagabhushana Prabhu, the James J. Solberg Head of the School of Industrial Engineering, (765) 494-5444,

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