Brad Lang, 2013 Distinguished Technology Alumnus
Bradford E. Lang is a captain at Delta Air Lines, flying Boeing 757s and 767s. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from Purdue in 1985.
Lang chose Purdue because of its top-notch aviation program, and he continued to be impressed because of its challenging curriculum and supportive faculty. He fondly remembers operating United Airlines DC-8 and American Airlines 727 simulators, which prepared him for the life of a pilot. Lang is especially appreciative of the support of Professor Charles Holleman, who he says always believed in him.
“Purdue has an excellent reputation within the airline industry. The aviation courses at Purdue introduce students to airline operations, which were both realistic and current in operational value,” he said.
As a captain, Lang is responsible for the operation and safety of a flight from the time the aircraft leaves the gate until it reaches its final destination. Lang must ensure that all details of a flight have been properly planned and executed. It’s exhausting at times, but he is energized by Delta Air Lines’ commitment to making a positive change in the world, which he says makes all the effort worthwhile.