At the age of 16, Rick Conner
was already pursuing a career in engineering.
worked part time as an apprentice drafter, blueprint boy, and deliveryman at the very company that would eventually name him president and CEO.
With more than 40 years of experience, American Structurepoint's Rick Conner has won numerous awards and Engineering New-Record has recognized his company as a Top 500 engineering firm for 19 straight years.
But it's this latest award that highlights his
ability as a leader and a mentor.
"I'm humbled that I was selected among the best and brightest in the industry," said Conner
"No one wins an award like this by themselves-I credit my family, the people who make up this company, and the Purdue
On February 20, 2015, Rick Conner
was presented with the 2015 Purdue University College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
This award was presented to eight individuals who have distinguished themselves in ways that "reflect favorably on Purdue University
, the engineering profession, or society in general," according to Purdue University's
is also being recognized for his
commitment to the engineering field, as well as community outreach.
He gives back as a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Council and serves as a mentor for several high school students interested in the engineering field.
"When I walked onto campus, I already knew what I wanted to do," said Conner
"That's why I like to serve as a mentor to high school students.
I want to show my enthusiasm for the industry and inspire them to pursue a career in civil engineering."
The award was hosted at the Purdue Memorial Union
on Friday, February 20.
To be eligible for this award, the recipient must have previously received their school's alumni award.
was a recipient of the 2007 Purdue University School of Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award