Amanda Deering grew up in the small farming community of Cass City, MI and currently is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University. She earned her B.S. in biology and M.S. in plant biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University in food microbiology and food safety specializing in fresh produce food safety.
Amanda grew up spending many summer evenings watching stock and sprint car races on small tracks in Michigan with her Dad. Amanda and her husband are avid IndyCar and Formula 1 fans and they travel to several IndyCar races a year to cheer on Amanda’s favorite race car driver, Will Power. She’s been a Co-Advisor for the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation for 4 years and her favorite part of Grand Prix is Race Day!
David Beering is the owner of Intelligent Designs LLC, a small business based in West Lafayette, IN at the Purdue University Research Park. His primary focus is engineering, systems integration, project management and research & development in satellite-enabled, high-performance communications systems. He is passionate about employing space systems to further US economic and national
security interests. Beering also serves as the Chief Technologist, Hypersonics, for the Indiana Innovation Institute.
Beering was born in San Antonio, TX and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. He holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Purdue University (1985 and 1987, respectively). While at Purdue, Beering was active in the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation, serving on both the Junior Board and the Senior Board.
"As for my favorite thing about Grand Prix, it’s the combination of technology and competition that makes it an fast-paced and exciting event."
Baylee is from Frankfort, IN where she currently resides with her husband Brock, a Purdue alum as well. She has a bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Purdue University. 2020 was Baylee's first year as an advisor and her favorite part of the foundation is the Queen's Contest.
Brent is from rural Lafayette, Indiana where he owns and operate a grain farming operation. He graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. While an undergraduate, he served on the Race Junior Board and served as Race Chairman in 1995. This is his first year as an alumni advisor, but spent several years informally assisting the Race Committee and Chief Starter from 1996-2000.
"My favorite part about Grand Prix is the opportunity it presents students to "learn by doing". Learning to be responsible, accountable, and independent through the Race experience builds a great foundation for future success, and that is truly invaluable."