Bob Presnak grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He was the eldest of five children and had the opportunity to attend Purdue University because counseling at Homewood Flossmoor High School kept him informed of available scholarships.
Bob graduated from Purdue University in Hammond Indiana in 1972 with a BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering. The scholarship that he received as well as working part time provided the financial resources to attend Purdue. He attributes his success at Purdue to the dedicated faculty that made the college experience personally and professionally rewarding. There were some remarkable Professors who worked closely with the students to make the complex physics, chemistry and math concepts easier to grasp through pertinent and practical applications. He has always been grateful for having these personal experiences at Purdue in the era of 1968 to 1972. As a matter of fact, as he ended in academic career at Purdue he met his wife Collette at Purdue during final exam week his senior year.
He joined Sargent & Lundy in June of 1972 and is currently a Senior Vice President responsible for directing power plant engineering and design activities for a number of electric utilities in the US. His career at Sargent & Lundy was also influenced by a few senior managers who took a personal interest in his professional development early in his career. He is involved in engineer training at Sargent & Lundy and emphasizes the need to develop these personal relationships with co-workers and clients to succeed at Sargent & Lundy.
Bob is currently a member of Dr. Suson’s EMS advisory committee and is chairman of Dr Zhou’s Engineering advisory committee. He has provided Purdue students with advice and guidance through his own professional and life experiences as an engineer.
He and his wife have provided some of that same guidance to their three daughters who are also very successful in their chosen professions as graduates of the University of Illinois and Indiana University.
Bob believes in giving back to Purdue for the positive impact that Purdue has had on his life during a four decade relationship.