Dick Sweeney, of Winchester, MA, who co-founded Keurig in 1993, received New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. Sweeney, who graduated from NJIT in 1982 with a BS in industrial administration, was honored during NJIT’s annual black-tie benefit dinner, Celebration, held Nov. 10, 2006, at Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange.
Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students enrolled in NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College and the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA). Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and most of them rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.
“Dick Sweeney is an example of an outstanding alumnus who has made major strides in corporate America, while still finding the time to help NJIT,” said Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president for development at NJIT.
Sweeney joined Keurig full time as vice president of engineering in 1996. He brought to Keurig more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and consulting for industrial and consumer appliances, including espresso machines. Prior to Keurig he was vice president of manufacturing for Canrad-Hanovia, a manufacturer of scientific and ultra-violet lighting. Before that, he was vice president of operations for V-M Industries, a consumer appliances manufacturer and importer.
At Keurig, Sweeney’s responsibilities included contract manufacturing in North America and Asia, quality control and after market service. Through 2003, Sweeney was responsible for brewer and packaging engineering. Sweeney has developed several US and international Keurig brewer and packaging patents.
Following service with the US Army, 52d Infantry (ABN) LRRP in Viet-Nam, Sweeney received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dorman Honors College, founded in 1995, now enrolls more than 500 students who are offered special classes, seminars and colloquia by distinguished professors. Dorman’s mission is to transform its students into leaders in their respective fields.
CSLA was formed in 1982. Today the college consists of six academic departments encompassing chemistry and environmental science, biological sciences, history, humanities, mathematical sciences, and physics.