Notable Alumni

A Triangle Brother…

Was a Space Shuttle crew member: 
Ellison Onizuka colo69 flew on Discovery as a mission specialist in January 1985 and lost his life in the Challenger accident in January 1986. An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation mentions a fictional shuttlecraft named after Brother Onizuka.

Is vice-president of a biotech company:
William D. Young pur64 is senior vice-president of Genentech. In 1994, Purdue University presented brother Young with Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his engineering skills and technical leadership in establishing the process engineering and manufacturing foundations of the recombinant-DNA-based biotechnology industry.

Has been recognized by Purdue as an outstanding engineering professor:
Mark D. Bowman pur65, a Purdue Professor of Civil Engineering, has received the Munson Award for outstanding teaching and the Ross Buck Award for excellence in undergraduate counseling. Mark is also our Triangle chapter advisor.

Won a medal in the Olympic Games:
Frank R. McCabe marq50 was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball squad which won the gold medal in 1952.

Was the first person to communicate by telephone via satellite:
Fred R. Kappel minn23 was the first speaker by Telstar, in phone conversation with President Johnson.

Developed new techniques for deep-water oil drilling:
John Halkyard (left) pur65 earned a PH.D. in Ocean Engineering then founded Deep Oil Technology, which developed a new form of floating platform for deep-water oil drilling. John’s other claim to fame was originating in 1965 the famous “Tuba Cadence” for the Purdue Marching Band.

Was recently governor of Wyoming:
Jim Geringer ks64 served as governor of Wyoming from 1995 to 2003.

Served as two-term governor of Alaska:
Jay Hammond ps41 served as Governor of Alaska from 1975 to 1983.

Was recently Chairman, President, and CEO of Shell Oil Company:
Steven L. Miller ill64 held these positions from 1999 to 2002. He began his career with Shell in 1967.

Ran the company that makes most of the computer graphics computers in the United States:
Edward McCracken is64 was president and CEO of Silicon Graphics, whose graphics computers are used for everything from animation in Star Wars to car modeling at GM.

Served as Chairman of the Board of AT&T
Fred R. Kappel minn23 held this position from 1962 to 1969.

Co-founded one of the leading computer game companies in the United States:
Michael Morhaime (right) ucla85 is co-founder and President of Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the popular Warcraft and Diablo computer games.

Discovered an ancient Inca city:
Reinaldo Chohfi ucla85asc has been credited with the discovery of Marapampa, a large Inca city in Peru.

Was given the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded in Korea:
Robert B. Martin pur24 was awarded the decoration in 1951.

Watched the test of the first Atomic Bomb:
Richard Conklin ill44 and several other Triangles worked on the Manhattan Project and witnessed the test of the first atom bomb.

Served as president of two steel companies:
Tom Graham lou45 has served as president of USX and of Armco Steel in Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the board of AK Steel.

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