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June 19, 2007

National Society of Black Engineers has 3 Purdue ties

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Current and former Purdue University engineering students have leadership capacities with the National Society of Black Engineers.

Anthony Harris, one of the society's founding members, has been named chairman of the national advisory board for the society. He is president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company, a manufacturer of equipment that detects contraband, explosives and "dirty bombs." Its primary customers include the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1975 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999.

The organization has two other Purdue ties.

Virginia Booth-Gleghorn, director of Minority Engineering Programs at Purdue, has been named the vice chair of the national advisory board. She previously served as chairman for two years, the first female to serve in that capacity. More than 50 universities received charter chapter status during her two terms as national chair.

Darryl Dickerson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, has been named the chair of society's national executive board.

Writer: Dave Kitchell, (765) 496-9711,

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