2006 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards

The Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences presented the 2006 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards to four individuals on September 22. Recipients were honored in three categories.

"The graduates from our animal sciences program have made many contributions to the industry" said Alan Grant, head of the department. "We are very pleased with their accomplishments and look forward to honoring them."

The award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia or governmental service.

"Not only does the award give recognition, but also provides current students an opportunity to view the pathways to success taken by alumni," Grant said.

Lifetime Career Award

Joe Pearson


Joe Pearson, of Hartford City, IN. BS 1964. Pearson participates in school administration, national agricultural commodity and policy groups, mission service, and the Rotary Club. Pearson currently serves as Executive Director of the Technology Innovation Entrepreneurship Center for the Scott County Economic Development corporation. He will assist with helping new entrepreneurs to collaborate with the Technology Park. He is the former assistant commissioner of agriculture for Indiana, where he served the National Association of State Department of Agriculture, Indiana State Fair Board, Indiana State Fair Commission, Indiana Agriculture Leadership Institute, Indiana FFA Foundation, Counter Terrorism and Security Council, and Indiana Agriculture and Rural Development. He has also served as an agricultural advisor for the Methodist Mission in Sibu Sarawek, vice president of Blackford County Farm Bureau and president of the Indiana Soybean Association. Pearson has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the Purdue Ag Alumni Certificate of Disinction and the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame Award.

Walt Waitt


Walt Waitt, of Greenfield, IN. BS 1955. Waitt had a short stint at a purebred Hampshire farm before serving in the Army Reserves from 1956 to 1963. He served as hog buyer for the Indianapolis Stockyard in 1956 and joined Eli Lilly in 1957, where he worked in swine research at the Greenfield Agricultural Research Center until retiring in 1992. Waitt was involved in the first feeding experiments on Tylan in 1959, Paylean in 1980 and was responsible for managing many of the swine research experiments. He played an important role consulting on the new swine facility at Elanco in 1980. In addition to his work, Waitt served on the Hancock County 4-H Fair Board, 35 years as swine superintendent, chairman of the pork chop tent at the Indiana State Fair and the Purdue Livestock Judging Team Committee. He also serves as a Hancock County Councilman. Wiatt has received the Indiana Pork Producersí Industry Meritorious Service Award.

Mid-Career Award

John Madia


John Madia, of Carmel, IN. BS 1978 and graduated from the Indiana Partnership for Executive Development at Indiana University in 1993. Madia, vice president of human resources, productivity and site operations at Dow AgroSciences, is responsible for being the global focal point for a number of initiatives, including Six Sigma, intended to improve their overall global competitiveness and productivity. Previously, Madia served as general manager for the Midwest Local Business Unit and held various sales and marketing roles including group marketing manager, business development manager and global business director. Over the years, he was involved in multiple Dow AgroSciences' segments from crops to professional pest, turf and ornamental, tech products and new product development. Madia serves on the Sponsor's Board for FFA, and has held positions on the Purdue's College of Agriculture Advisory Board, the Athletic Advisory Board and the Agricultural Retailer's Association Planning Board. He and his wife are part of the Purdue President's Council. Also, Madia was recognized by Dow with the Genesis Award for Excellence in People Development.

Early Career Award

Jody Roth


Jody Roth, of New Palestine, IN. Roth earned her bachelor's degree in 1992 and her master's degree in 1994. Roth started her career at Elanco Animal Health as an associate research scientist. By 1998, she had been promoted to senior regulatory associate and was responsible for developing regulatory strategies for new product development. In 2001, Roth became a senior program phase pharmaceutical projects management associate. Recently, Roth has been promoted to associate manager of Regulatory Affairs, where she develops regulatory strategies to fit with cross-functional oncology teams and implements interaction with the United States Food and Drug Administration. Roth was certified as a Project Management Professional in 2005. As a member of the Project Management Institute, she has authored and co-authored more than 11 scientific articles.

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