Robert J. Adams Jr, PhD
Pledge Class: BST – 1978
M.B.A., Babson College’s Olin School of Management
Ph.D., (Management) Capella University
James C. Anderson
Pledge Class: 1969
B.S.E.E., Purdue University
M.S.E.E., Purdue University
M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
Before working to build Foundation Capital, Jim was one of the founding partners at Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre in 1980. Now, he’s able to look back on a career that has included early-stage investments in a host of companies that have grown to become some of the largest players in communications, computer systems and software. Jim has further helped to nurture that growth by serving on the boards of Auspex Systems, 3Com, Bridge Communications, Network Computing Devices, Network Equipment Technology and Kalpana. The knowledge of operations that has informed his venture capital decisions was initially gained in Hewlett-Packard’s Computer Systems Group, where Jim held various marketing management positions.
In recent years, to serve interests beyond the realm of start-up enterprises, Jim has created Legacy Venture, which is an exciting new venture vehicle to encourage high-impact philanthropy.
His academic achievements during his years at Purdue are commemorated by the Anderson wing of the Purdue Triangle Chapter house, which contains the house’s library and study rooms.
Melvin H. Chiohioji
Pledge Class: 1958
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
M.B.A., University of Hawai’i
Ph.D., Business Administration, George Washington University
Graduated from Purdue University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. After completion of the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (R.O.T.C.) he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy. Following active service, he served in various reserve assignments culminating in his selection to Rear Admiral in 1987. As a Rear Admiral his last position was as Commander of the Second Naval Construction Brigade, responsible for all the Seabee operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions.
Chiogioji’s advanced education includes a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii in 1968, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Operations Research, from George Washington University in 1972.
A federal civil servant for 27 years, Mel served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and as Deputy Director and Construction Manager for the New Production Reactor Program at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Admiral Chiogioji is currently president and CEO of MELE Associates, a consulting firm that provides engineering, environmental, management, telecommunication, information technology and training services to federal and private sector organizations. The firm is also actively involved in developing renewable energy projects throughout the world. He is a registered professional electrical engineer, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a life member of the Naval Reserve Association, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers.
Chiogioji is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in Technology,” “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry” and “American Men and Women of Science.” He had co-authored with Dr. Eleanor Oura a book entitled, “Residential and Commercial Building Energy Conservation,” and another book entitled, “Industrial Energy Conservation” – both published by Marcel Dekker, Incorporated.
Jack R. Kelble
Pledge Class: 1963
B.S. Engineering, Purdue University
M.S. Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Kelble recently retired as the corporate vice president and president of Space and Airborne Systems, the largest business unit of Raytheon Company, a major supplier of defense and aerospace systems and commercial electronics technologies. He was responsible for 13,000 employees and sales of more than $4 billion annually for the California-based company. He now lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Kelble joined Raytheon in 1979 as director of Data Acquisition Systems and quickly rose through the ranks, leading numerous divisions, departments, areas, programs, businesses and companies within the corporation and gaining experience in systems engineering, program and engineering management and business unit leadership. Throughout his career, he has championed causes critical to maintaining effective communications between employees and management. In 2005, Kelble received Raytheon’s Executive of the Year Award.
He has also served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Boy Scout Council and received the 2005 Tom Harmon Memorial Award for outstanding service from the Boy Scouts of America.
Kelble assists his alma mater on the campaign steering committee for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, he received the Purdue Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award in 2000 and was named a Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2003.
Robert W. Lucky
Pledge Class: 1955
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
After graduating from Purdue, Lucky joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he initially studied ways of sending digital information via telephone lines. Lucky’s work included the development of the adaptive equalizer technique for correcting distortion in telephone signals in high speed data transmission.
In his current position as executive director of communications sciences research for Bell Laboratories, he coordinates research in areas such as fiber optics, data networks, mobile communication, image processing, and broadband communications technologies and services.
Lucky is active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has served as president of the IEEE Communications Society, and has been both vice president and executive vice president of the parent organization. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and received the prestigious Marconi Award in Italy. Lucky has served as editor of several technical journals. Since 1982, he has written a bimonthly column for Spectrum magazine. He is a consulting editor for a series of books on communications, the co-author of a heavily cited textbook on data communications, and the author of the popular book, Silicon Dreams.
Lucky has been on the advisory boards or committees of many universities and government organizations. He has received honorary doctorates from Purdue and from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Frederick R. Meyer
Pledge Class: 1946
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
General Electric Company, 1949-1956; Treasurer, Aladdin Industries, Inc., 1958-1967; President, Tyler Corporation, 1967-1986; President, and C.E.O., Aladdin Industries, Inc., 1985-1999; Chairman of the Board, Aladdin Industries, LLC, 1999-present
Robert B. Nagel
Pledge Class: 1957
B.S. Industrial Economics, Purdue University
M.B.A., The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Mr. Nagel is a founding partner and currently Chairman of CEO Partners, Inc., an independent management consulting firm specializing in the food service industry. The company provides strategic business counsel to CEOs and senior management, primarily in areas of integration and management of acquired companies, business unit strategy, supply chain efficiency, and shareholder value improvement. Clients include manufacturers, distributors, chain restaurant operators, and trade associations.
Henry J. Ramey, Jr.
Pledge Class: 1948
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University, as well as Texas A&M. Dr. Ramey was also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Theodore S. Rappaport, PhD
Pledge Class: AAO – 1979
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue – 1982
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue – 1984
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue – 1987
John M. Storm
Pledge Class: 1973
B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, Purdue University
Purdue’s John M. Storm knows a thing or two about setting the standard for others to follow. Maybe that is why John has been honored by everyone from Purdue University to the Society of Manufacturing Engineering.
In his first professional job out of the box, John’s innovations resulted in corporate annual savings of $6,000,000. That’s right, 6 million dollars. In 1977, John started working as a process metallurgist for Detroit Diesel Allison, a division of General Motors. John was in charge of testing a furnace the size of a small building. The result was John being on the edge of creating a new industry standard for furnace applications. John created a furnace application utilizing a methanol nitrogen atmosphere, which saved GM over 6 million dollars per year.
After that savings, John was provided a small staff and given the opportunity to work on whatever project he wanted to. John decided to begin with creating an advanced computer-controlled heat treating process for gears. This process eventually became the Micropulse Process, which GM declined to patent. So in 1986, John and GM gear specialist Mike Chapin decided to patent the Micropulse Process and go it alone and created Contour Hardening Inc. Their goal for their company was to create a cost-effective solution to difficult heat treatment applications.
During the first five years of their business, they did not sell a single one of their large expensive machines. In fact, John estimates losing between three and four million dollars. But in 1990, Contour Hardening sold its first system to an overseas transmission manufacturer. The rest fell into place from there. Between June 1995 and January 1997, Contour Hardening Inc. had a 300% growth period. In 2002, sales were $11 million.
This married father of two is also an avid race enthusiast and in 1997, for the first time in racing history, advanced hardening and process control technology was used, resulting in a first and second place win at the Indianapolis 500! Arie Luyendyk crossed the finish line first and Scott Goodyear crossed second, both, using Contour Hardening’s patented gears, which are stronger, lighter than and twice as strong as the industry standards. In 2001, CHI sponsored driver Sam Hornish, Jr. of Panther Racing who in 2001 won 3 IRL races and the 2001 IRL Championship. CHI’s gear designs and induction gear hardening can be found in CART, Score (off-highway series) and FIA sanctioned race vehicles.
William D. Young
Pledge Class: 1964
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
M.B.A., Indiana University
Honorable Doctorate Engineering, Purdue University
William D. Young joined ViroLogic as Chairman of the Board and CEO in November 1999. From 1980 until joining ViroLogic, Bill was employed at Genentech, Inc., most recently as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Bill was responsible for all of the company’s development and commercial functions.
Prior to joining Genentech, Bill worked at Eli Lilly and Company for 14 years and held various positions in production and process engineering, antibiotic process development, and production management. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and his master’s of business administration from Indiana University. In 1993 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering division of the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the development of manufacturing technology for biotechnology-based drug products, in 1997 Purdue presented him the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, and in 2000 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering also by his alma mater, Purdue University.