Ed Ruppel

Ed Ruppel, Associate Professor, Business

Associate Professor, Business

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2113

Cell Phone: N/A

Email: efruppel@indianatech.edu

Office: Law School, Room 337

Class Information

Fall 2014

  • BA 1200 Fundamentals of Business
  • BA 2020 Operations Management
  • BA 4010 Total Quality Management
  • BA 4800 Public Relations

Office Hours:

  • MWF: 7:30-8 a.m., Noon-1 p.m.
  • T: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


College of Business

Academic Advisor Roles

College of Professional Studies: Business students

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Concentration in Management (1982), Xavier University
  • B.S.B.A., Business Administration (1972), Magna Cum Laude, LaSalle University

Professional Experience

Educational Experience

  • 1997-2007: Indiana Tech, Adjunct Professor of Business teaching business and technology topics to CPS students.
  • 2003-2004: St. Francis University, Lecturer in Business teaching Executive Leadership
  • 2003-Present: University of Phoenix, Certified Advanced Facilitator of business and technology (online)
  • 2004-2007: Brown Mackie College, Lecturer in Business and Technology
  • 2000-2003: Indiana Wesleyan University, Lecture in Technology
  • 1980-1992: University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, Lecture in Computer Technology
  • 1987-1988: Northern Kentucky University, Lecturer in Data Processing

Business and Industry Experience

  • 1999-2003: Lincoln Financial Corporation, Assistant Vice President, Security and Risk Management and Assistant Vice President, Application Architecture
  • 1996-1999: Essex Group, Director of Systems Development
  • 1994-1995: Continental Traffic Services, Chief Information Officer
  • 1992-1994: Brice Corporation, Chief Information Officer (Director of MIS)
  • 1990-1992: Mazak Corporation, Director of MIS
  • 1984-1989: Quantum Chemical Corporation, Director of MIS
  • 1975-1984: Great American Insurance Company, Director

Selected Publications/Presentations

“Understanding the Information Centre,” Canadian Data Systems, Volume 17, Number 12, December, 1985. This article was written (by a reporter) under my name covering the speech to the National FUSE conference in May, 1985.

National FUSE Conference, “Progression of MIS Management into the Executive Suite,” 1989. This was an early presentation on how to move the new PC technology into the executive suite. The talk concentrated on developing the business case for executive use of micro-computers and following that with hands on training.

Adhesives Manufacturing Association national meeting, “Office Automation in the Manufacturing Environment,” 1987. As CIO for a the chemical company, I presented a view of office automation that put computers and services on every desk in the company. I suggested that all these PCs should be tied together and be communicating with each other and with the legacy systems. The PC and office automation would replace much of the paper generated in the office.

Additional Information

I am originally from the Baltimore, MD area with time spent in Dover, DE, Philadelphia, PA, Cincinnati, OH, and Memphis, TN before moving to Fort Wayne. I hold a BS in Business Administration (1972) and an MBA in Management (1982).

My wife of 50 years and I have raised 2 children, both are grown, educated and living successful lives in other parts of the country. My wife is an avid quilter and a fabricholic (we could open our own fabric store!), is a wonderful cook and takes good care of Brandi and me while keeping the place running. Our daughter (PhD in geophysics, MIT) was a long-time professor of geophysics at Georgia Institute of Technology, has served as a program manager in ocean sciences at the National Science Foundation, and has since 2006 been a research geophysicist leading climate-hydrates research in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project and a visiting scientist at MIT. Her husband, who also holds a PhD from MIT, is the Richard Cockburn Maclaurin, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. My son and his family are in San Jose, California where he is working with several start-up medical instruments companies. His wife is Controller for software house in the San Jose area.

Commitment to Learning

Through the classroom (online or on-site), I strive to foster a learning environment and develop a learning culture for all class participants. I believe in learning something new every day. It is not important how broad the new knowledge is, just that knowledge acquisition continues. I received both of my college degrees with honors as a part-time evening student while working full-time supporting my family and maintaining an outside life. I have taught (part-time) business, computer technology, management, marketing, project management, leadership, quality management, strategic planning and eCommerce at the college level since 1980 at various universities.


In my professional life, I have sought to increase my impact on the business wherever and whenever possible. I decided many years ago that, although my professional life was imbedded in Information Technology, it is the business, the profit and loss, the marketing plan, the satisfied customers that will be my measure of success. I have been associated with information technology for 40 years and have performed every task from computer operator, programmer, project leader, manager, and various leadership roles in the IT organization including CIO, CTO, and CSO. I have been a member of the senior executive teams of several companies. Over the years I have worked in diverse industries covering manufacturing, financial services, government, service industry, and higher education.

Continued Growth and Community Service

Two pillars upon which I continue to build my record of service are quality of workmanship and clear, concise communications. I look forward to sharing with my students many of my experiences as a manager, an information technology practitioner, and an executive. I also expect to learn much for each student along the way.