ANDREA M. CHAVEZ BSAAE ’88
Director, National Defense Operations and Planning, Ball
Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
In her former role as an astronaut
trainer for extravehicular (EVA)
systems at NASA, Andrea Chavez set
a record for the longest hours spent
by a woman in an EVA suit (worn
by astronauts on space walks) in
simulated space environments. She helped rectify the
launch pad hydrogen fuel leaks that grounded the shuttle
fleet for months in 1990, and she trained the astronaut
crew that repaired flawed optics on the Hubble Space
Telescope. After leaving NASA, Chavez moved up the
ranks at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., where
she currently serves as Director of National Defense
Operations and Planning.
ROGER B. GATEWOOD BSME ’68
Founder and Chairman, Homes by WestBay
Roger Gatewood began his career in
the financial industry with Mellon
Bank and then with Continental
Illinois National Bank and Trust Co.
in Chicago. He then went on to help
found the company that eventually
became Westfield Homes, USA. In 2002, after Standard
Pacific Homes bought Westfield’s stock, Gatewood left to
form Westbay City Homes LLC. In 2009, he started Homes
by WestBay in Tampa, Florida. Gatewood has given
several notable gifts to Purdue, including a leadership gift
of $7.2 million to fund the Roger B. Gatewood Wing of the
Mechanical Engineering Building; a gift of $3.5 million
toward the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories reconstruction
project, and $1.5 million to support the costs of obtaining
Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED)
certification for the Gatewood Wing — the first such
project at Purdue.
2014 Distinguished Engineering
The Distinguished Engineering Alumni/
Alumnae Award is presented to men and
women who have distinguished themselves
in any field in ways that reflect favorably
on Purdue University, the engineering
profession, or society in general.
The College of Engineering has over
85,000 living alumni. The distinction
of DEA has been bestowed upon 499
of these outstanding individuals.