Herbert Borenstein

BS ’76, Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York - Albany
MS ’79, Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
(Nominated by: Nominated by Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences)

"Having grown-up in a pretty gruff place — Brooklyn, NYC — and now having lived in a number of places since Purdue, the two-plus years I lived in Indiana evoke an indelible reverence for the goodness of the land and the fruit it puts forth, and for the kind, hard-working people who till and cultivate that land."

Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., it was quite a culture shock for Herbert Borenstein to arrive in West Lafayette. The concrete jungle of New York City was traded for corn and soybean fields and Hoosier hospitality.

But Borenstein’s time in earning his masters degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences is one of his most cherished memories: “the genuine camaraderie, kinship, humor and leadership exhibited by my EAPS department professors, my MS candidate colleagues, and of course, my friends - both inside and outside of EAPS,” he recalled when asked about his favorite recollections from his years at Purdue.

After earning his masters, Borenstein started his career as a research meteorologist. Leveraging his degrees in atmospheric sciences and associated foundational mathematical and applications development skills, he helped steer the evolution of early-generation air pollution dispersion models. He parlayed these capabilities to navigate into the then fledgling field of computer aided design and manufacturing in the early 1980s, developing platforms to facilitate the design, construction and support of onboard submarine sub-systems for the U.S. Navy.

Borenstein moved up the management ranks and assumed several senior management roles of increasing responsibility in the United States and Europe. His span of control has included overseeing global lines of business within the large corporations where he is employed and serving a host of international clients. He is recognized as a transformative leader with demonstrated business turnaround acumen and success. Borenstein applies a visionary approach to his company’s business development, executive leadership, and strategic underpinnings with the objective to maximize organic and new-logo expansion, associated revenues, and profits.

Career Highlights 

  • 2004-2007 Oversaw one of Computer Science Corporation’s largest lines of business, augmenting revenues and turning-around profit margins
  • 1996-1998 Helped roll out Information Technology Outsourcing/Managed Services portfolio in Europe for Computer Sciences Corporation
  • 1987 Co-developed the optical storage-based Computer-Aided Technical Information System platform for Ohio-class submarines, US Navy
  • 1984 Designed and implemented the first-generation surfacing and solids modeling functionality for the proprietary Gerber Systems Technology Inc. CAD/CAM platform
  • 1981 Completed first research phase of Plume Model Validation and Development Project, sponsored by Electric Power Research Institute

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