Purdue Rising Professionals welcomes back distinguished alumni

The Purdue Rising Professionals program exists to honor distinguished young alumni.

Posted: Mar 7, 2020 12:10 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—This weekend Purdue University students had the opportunity to hear from alumni.

The Purdue Rising Professionals program exists to honor distinguished young alumni. It's a two day event on campus from March 8th-9th.

Six young alumni that have graduated from Purdue in the last five to ten years are welcomed back. The goal is for them to share their college experiences with students.

It's aimed at helping students pave their path through college. Publicity Chair Ashley Fritz said it's a great way to encourage students.

"All of these alumni have had incredible career success in their five to ten years out of Purdue," said Fritz. "So we really want to highlight what it was they did at Purdue that prompted them to have that early career success."

Sunday alumni shared their current life experiences with the campus as a whole. The public was welcomed. 

The event was held at 4pm at 128 Memorial Hall Dr in West Lafayette. 

Below is a full list of the 2020 Rising Professionals alumni: 

Lizzie Berkovitz, Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish (Purdue, 2013). Global product lead, Google.

Anurag Garg, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Purdue, 2009); Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Purdue, 2015). Vice president, product, analytics & IoT, Plex Systems Inc.

Lt. Sharyl Pels, Bachelor of Arts in public relations and rhetorical advocacy and political science (Purdue, 2012). Juris Doctor (Indiana University, 2015). Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard, Judge Advocate.

Melissa Pineda, Bachelor of Science in speech, language, and hearing sciences (Purdue, 2009); Master of Science in speech-language-pathology (Purdue, 2011). Speech-language pathologist, Wittenberg Village Rehabilitation Center.

Joe Rust, Bachelor of Science in agribusiness management (Purdue, 2014). Project manager and owner of Plus 3 Consulting LLC.

Andrew Walters, Bachelor of Science in management (Purdue, 2013). Account executive, Lev.

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