The Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) held the Academy of Distinguished Alumni Banquet on April 25, 2016 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. Three individuals were inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and one received the Marvin H. Agee Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the department.
John W. Montague Jr. (Class of 1967) was one of the inductees to the Academy. In 1973, he founded John W. Montague Jr. Inc., a construction company operating in the Richmond area, and served as its president until his retirement 30 years later. After retiring, he worked for four years as a consultant for one of Richmond’s largest land developers, helping to plan and start the Kinloch Subdivision in Goochland. In addition to serving on the boards of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake, he has established an endowed scholarship in ISE as well as the Bud Foster Defensive Scholarship for Football. Montague resides part-time in Blacksburg, Richmond, and Florida.
Dr. Janis P. Terpenny (Class of 1981 and 1996) was also inducted into the Academy. She is currently the Peter & Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. Before moving to Penn State, she held faculty positions at Virginia Tech in the Engineering Education Department, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and was Department Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. She has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Alpha Pi Mu, and Tau Beta Pi.
Don Wittke was inducted into the Academy as an Honorary Alumnus. He is Director of Industrial Engineering for United Parcel Service (UPS) in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He has more than 40 years of experience at UPS and has held various leadership positions within the organization. His work has helped to improve process management in small package operations, and integrated the ground freight and air freight operations. Wittke earned a B.S.-Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin and MBA from Penn State University. He currently serves on the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board at Virginia Tech.
Dr. John A. White Jr. (Class of 1966) was the recipient of the Marvin H. Agee Distinguished Alumni Award. He is Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Dr. White earned his BSIE degree from the University of Arkansas in 1962 and MSIE degree from Virginia Tech in 1966. He then went to Ohio State University and received his Ph.D. in 1970. He has received numerous honors during his career, including the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from IISE, one of the highest honors given to those in the engineering field. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Teacher of the Year Award at Georgia Tech. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department would like to congratulate each of these honorees on their achievements and thank them for their contributions to the department and to the industrial engineering field.