Interviews with Notable Alumni

In recent years, Dean Abernathy has asked notable alumni of the College to discuss leadership development and their ideas relating to challenges, globalization and methods of leadership.  Some of these alumni have even been recognized at the University level with Distinguished Alumni Awards, which are presented during Commencement exercises.  Click on the names below to watch their interviews and hear the advice they have to offer future leaders.


Dr. Walden “Wally” Rhines
Honorary Doctorate Recipient – Chairman & CEO, Mentor Graphics


George Kirkland – B.S. CE ’72, ME ’74
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice Chairman of the Board, Chevron & Executive Vice President, Upstream

Anil Rajvanshi – Ph.D. MECH ’79
Distinguished Alumnus – Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute


Norman Augustine
Honorary Doctorate Recipient – Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin

Paul Brown – B.S. ISE ’84
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice President & Corporate Officer, International Paper

Carlos del Sol – B.S. ISE ’72
Distinguished Alumnus – Retired Vice President of Global Engineering Systems, Campbell’s Soup Company

Michael Durham – M.E. ENV ’75, Ph.D. ENV ’78
Distinguished Alumnus – President & CEO, Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.


Andy Crawford, III – B.S. IE ’61
Distinguished Alumnus – President & Owner of CAVCO, Inc.

Lawrence Ramaekers – B.S. CHE ’59
Principal, The Ramaekers Group, Inc.

Erin J. Wallace – B.S. ISE ’82
Distinguished Alumnus – Executive Vice President of Operations Integration, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


William Cirioli – B.S. CHE ’80 
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice President, Global Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical

Chris Malachowsky – B.S. EE ’80 
Distinguished Alumnus – Co-Founder, NVIDIA

Glenn Renwick – M.S. ISE ’78
Distinguished Alumnus – President/CEO, Progressive Insurance


Linda Hudson – B.S. SE ’72 
Distinguished Alumnus – President/CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.

David Nelms – B.S. ME ’83 
Distinguished Alumnus – CEO, Discover Financial