Cochrane named 2017 Staff Person of the Year

2017-06-15

Tim Cochrane, left, with AE Department Head Philippe Geubelle
Tim Cochrane, left, with AE Department Head Philippe Geubelle
Tim Cochrane, Associate Director of Advancement for Aerospace Engineering at Illinois, has been named AE Staff Person of the Year for 2017.

Since joining AE five years ago, Cochrane has worked to grow the Department’s endowment funds from $400,000 to $2.1 million. “My goal is to increase alumni engagement across the board and to find connections for them within the department, with the hopes of increasing financial support,” Cochrane said.

Prior to joining AE, Cochrane held Regional Sales Manager positions for Human Kinetics Publishing and Herff-Jones. For Human Kinetics, Cochrane managed a 12-state territory, and was responsible for regionals sales and acquisition editorial work. For Herff-Jones, he managed a 7-state territory, with 26 sales reps and 180 retail stores.

Cochrane graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.