Dave Bunning Glenbard South Graduate, Class of 1984
Dave Bunning is an investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leader. He earned a B.A. from Harvard College, where he played football and wrestled, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He had a successful career at Citadel Investments, starting in 1991 as a trader when Citadel had $20 million in assets under management. Mr. Bunning left Citadel in 2004 as a Principal, Head of Global Credit Trading, and a member of the management committee with assets under management in excess of $10 billion. Among other investments, Mr. Bunning has incubated a number of early-stage healthcare-related companies, working closely with physicians in an effort to improve healthcare outcomes. He has met with members of Congress and policymakers at the National Institutes of Health in an effort to increase awareness and federal funding for research and treatments for life-threatening food allergies. Mr. Bunning has served on many philanthropic boards of directors, both currently and in the past, including Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Wetlands America Trust, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wrestling Coaches Association, as well as on numerous corporate boards of directors. His philanthropy has been broadly recognized, including receiving a Distinguished Layperson Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and he has several named endowed chairs. Mr. Bunning is the Chairman of Sunshine Charitable Foundation and the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of TLP Investment Partners LLC, a multi-asset class investment firm.
Ken Dwyer Glenbard South Graduate: Class of 1983
Ken Dwyer is a NASA aerospace engineer, working there since 1990. He earned his BA in Aerospace Engineering at Washington University and Iowa State University and then earned a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Houston. During the first decade of his career, he was a NASA Mission Control Flight Controller where he was responsible for monitoring proper system performance of the Space Shuttle Main Engines, Main Propulsion System, External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters during the ascent to orbit of the Space Shuttles. In the second decade of his career, Mr. Dwyer moved into Program Management in the Space Shuttle Program Office. His first assignment was to interface with the astronaut office to ensure crew displays were properly designed and software requirements properly match the prototype displays. Additionally, he led a team of software designers to check and fix any display issues found during testing. In 2003, Mr. Dwyer became the Vehicle Manager of the Space Shuttle Discovery. He performed this role for seven missions. In this position Mr. Dwyer was responsible for leading a team in delivering all engineering and hardware to the Kennedy Space Center processing team. The last decade of his career has been dedicated to returning humans to the moon. For five years, he was part of the Orion team in the Avionics, Power and Software Office. This office is responsible for the overall design, development and testing of the computers and software used on the spacecraft. His work in this role was validated with a successful launch of the Artemis 1 mission in November of 2022. Mr. Dwyer was awarded The Astronaut Personal Achievement Award, the Silver Snoopy award in April 2015 by NASA for his part in getting the Space Shuttle Discovery ready for the Return to Flight mission, STS-114.
Dr. Eboo Patel Glenbard South Graduate: Class of 1993
Dr. Eboo Patel is a civic leader who believes that religious diversity is an essential and inspiring dimension of American democracy. He has been named “one of America’s best leaders” by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Patel is Founder and President of Interfaith America, the leading interfaith organization in the United States. Under his leadership, Interfaith America has worked with governments, universities, private companies, and civic organizations to make faith a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Dr. Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council, has given hundreds of keynote addresses, and has written five books, including We Need to Build: Field Notes for Diverse Democracy.He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and earned a degree in Sociology.He is an Ashoka Fellow and has a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.