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Leadership Panel

Leah H. Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She served as 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service – Program.

Jamieson has been recognized for her achievements in education, research, and service. With colleagues Edward Coyle and William Oakes, she was awarded the 2005 NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the creation and dissemination of EPICS. She was an inaugural recipient of the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars and has been recognized with the 1997 Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education (with Edward J. Coyle), the IEEE Education Society’s 2000 Harriet B. Rigas “Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator” Award, the Anita Borg Institute’s 2007 “Women of Vision Award for Social Impact,” and was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering “for innovations in integrating engineering education and community service” and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for her research on parallel processing algorithms. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education and the International Engineering Consortium, an Eminent Member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honorary Society, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, and an Honorary Member of the Engineering Honorary Society, Tau Beta Pi.

Jamieson's research has focused on speech analysis and recognition; the design and analysis of parallel processing algorithms; and the application of parallel processing to digital speech, image, and signal processing. She has authored over 175 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters and has co-edited books on Algorithmically Specialized Parallel Computers (Academic Press, 1985) and The Characteristics of Parallel Algorithms (M.I.T. Press, 1987). She has served on editorial boards for the IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and the Proceedings of the IEEE, and is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Engineering Education. She has been an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer and an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor.

An active volunteer in the 400,000-member IEEE, Jamieson served as 2007 President and CEO, leading initiatives in strategic planning and public visibility for the engineering profession. She served five years on the IEEE Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She was 1998-99 President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society; 2003 IEEE Vice-President for Technical Activities; 2005 IEEE Vice-President for Publication Services and Products; and 2010-11 chair of strategic planning for the IEEE Educational Activities Board. Jamieson was founding chair (2007-08) of IEEE’s Committee on Public Visibility, which launched a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to increase the public’s awareness of IEEE and of the role of technology in society; and 2004-05 chair of IEEE’s New Technology Directions Committee, where she helped design and launch a framework to accelerate IEEE's entry into emerging technologies that cross disciplines and societies. A spokesperson for IEEE on issues related to technology, education, women in engineering, and innovation, she has participated in national and global forums, including Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference and Fox Business News. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Foundation. Jamieson was awarded an IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s 2003 Meritorious Service Award.

Jamieson’s professional service has included terms on the Advisory Committee for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), and co-chair of CRA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. She currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, serves on the Executive Committee of the Science and Math Teacher Imperative of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and is an elected member of the ASEE Engineering Deans’ Council. She is a member of the NAE Committee on Engineering Education, served on the steering committee for the NAE report Changing the Conversation: Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008), and is co-chair of the ASEE project Innovation with Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education (2008-12). She is a member of the planning committee for the American Association for the Arts and Sciences (AAAS) report on Advancing Research in Science and Engineering (ARISE-II): Sustainable Funding Models for the American Research University. Jamieson has an S.B. in Mathematics from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. She joined the faculty of Purdue in 1976.

Christine Ladisch is the first dean of Purdue University's new College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). Ladisch, professor of consumer science, had served as inaugural dean since the college was launched in 2010.

Preceding her appointment as inaugural dean, Ladisch had served as vice provost for academic affairs since July 2005 and as associate provost since 2001. In these roles, she provided leadership in undergraduate education and dealt with matters of personnel, budget, academic planning, program evaluation, and general academic policy development and implementation. Prior to these roles in the Office of the Provost, she served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences from 1993-1999 and as department head of consumer sciences and retailing from 1999-2001.

Ladisch co-chaired the accreditation steering committee that in 2010 helped Purdue earn continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. She was later recognized with the One Brick Higher Award for her leadership of the accreditation review process.

Dean Ladisch is a recipient of the prestigious Murphy Teaching Award and is listed in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. She received her BS in education from Indiana State University and her MS and PhD in textile science from Purdue University.

Maryann Santos de Barona joined Purdue University as the dean of the College of Education in July 2009. She arrived from Arizona State University, where she was senior associate dean for academic programs and personnel with the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. Her diverse training in program evaluation and educational psychology with an emphasis in school psychology resulted in a number of academic and administrative positions at Arizona State University, including associate director and subsequently director of University Testing Services, and school psychology training director. She reached the rank of full professor in 1999 having published over 40 refereed manuscripts and book chapters, and written and administered several grants.

Her research interests include the assessment of ethnic minority children and adolescents, P-20 pipeline education issues to include high school completion and college attendance, and women's issues. She also served as director of the High School Completion Initiative prior to entering university administration full-time.

Dr. Santos de Barona began her professional career working as a school psychologist in the Fort Worth and Dallas Independent School Districts. In 1982, she moved to Texas A&M University where she served as a project director and senior research scientist at the Behavioral Research Center, adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and later a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. In addition, Dr. Santos de Barona has been very involved in the National Latino/a Psychological Association having served as secretary, treasurer and president. Similarly, she was appointed by the governor to serve two terms on the State of Arizona Board of Psychology Examiners where she completed a two-year term as chair.

Susan is CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and author of Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World.

In 1965, Butler was the first professional female employee at Arthur Andersen & Co., and in 1979 she became the first female partner of Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Butler is currently on the Junior Achievement Worldwide Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees of LeaderShape, Inc. Susan is a delegate at Vision 2020, a national Susan is CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and author of Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World.

In 1965, Butler was the first professional female employee at Arthur Andersen & Co., and in 1979 she became the first female partner of Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Butler is currently on the Junior Achievement Worldwide Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees of LeaderShape, Inc. Susan is a delegate at Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees at Purdue University. As a philanthropist, Butler has endowed chairs, scholarships and the Butler Institute of Leadership Excellence. Late Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon presented Butler the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana's highest honor for distinguished service. Additionally she received an honorary doctorate in management from Purdue. Her aspiration is to impact "zillions of women and girls to be all they can be." She fulfills this aspiration with her new book, WOMEN COUNT, A Guide to Changing the World, her first book, Become the CEO of You, Inc, (2008), her monthly newsletter, executive coaching, speaking and conducting workshops.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and an Honorary Doctorate in management from Purdue University. She funded the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Purdue's Krannert School and has also endowed scholarships and awards for outstanding students at Purdue and Simmons College.

Susan has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana for distinguished service to the state. Prior recipients include presidents, ambassadors, artists and astronauts. In 2001, Upside magazine named her to its list of "The 50 Most Remarkable Women in Technology" who have moved the industry "beyond the glass-ceiling cliché."
Susan is Past President of Purdue's President's Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Purdue Research Foundation, the Dean's Advisory Council at Purdue's Krannert School of Management, and the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Susan has been a member of the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA and in 2003 was appointed to the worldwide board of Junior Achievement. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and has participated in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" Summits.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and an Honorary Doctorate in management from Purdue University. She funded the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Purdue's Krannert School and has also endowed scholarships and awards for outstanding students at Purdue and Simmons College.

Susan has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana for distinguished service to the state. Prior recipients include presidents, ambassadors, artists and astronauts. In 2001, Upside magazine named her to its list of "The 50 Most Remarkable Women in Technology" who have moved the industry "beyond the glass-ceiling cliché."
Susan is Past President of Purdue's President's Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Purdue Research Foundation, the Dean's Advisory Council at Purdue's Krannert School of Management, and the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Susan has been a member of the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA and in 2003 was appointed to the worldwide board of Junior Achievement. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and has participated in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" Summits.


Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Wiersma, CSEP
Certified Special Events Professional

Betsy Wiersma is known for BIG IDEA thinking and ROI: Return on Ideas.  After years of service leading the national events industry on the President's Council for the International Festivals and Events Association, the Advisory Board for Special Events Magazine and with ISES, the International Special Events Society, Betsy now focuses on Wiersma Experience Marketing, her own consulting and event marketing company based in Denver, CO. 

Author of many books including the event text book, Exceptional Events:  Concept to Completion, Betsy's seminars provide event producers and marketers across the globe with everything from basic tips to complex case studies.  As an international speaker and trainer, Betsy has spoken in Italy, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Scotland, Jamaica, Spain, and Australia, as well as cities throughout the United States. 

Winner of three worldwide ESPRIT Awards for event excellence, Betsy was the first inductee into the Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine Hall of Fame as Best Events Planner.
She now focuses on her annual educational retreat for amazing women called CampExperience

Chris Chopyak, Author, Picture Your Business Strategy
Senior Partner, Co-Owner, Alchemy: The Art of Transforming Business

Chris is a true alchemist who combines business knowledge and tools with pictures and color, turning the humdrum in business into the extraordinary.

With over 20 years of business planning, strategy consulting, public participation, stakeholder engagement and systems analysis, Chris excels in supporting business transformation with clarity and focus, using best practice methods, strategic illustrations and participative engagement. She has designed and led visionary processes for and with multiple industries including finance, technology, pharmaceutical, consumer products, consulting, petrochemicals, agriculture, publishing and education, oil and gas, aerospace and hospitality.

With a specialty in large group facilitation (150+) and cultural integration, Chris thrives on the challenge of large systems and small teams in diverse, multi-cultural and international settings.

One key differentiator for Chris and her company, Alchemy: The Art of Transforming Business, is the use of strategic illustration to mobilize key leaders and teams. While including art and pictures into her projects and processes, she adeptly weaves expert design principles, storytelling, play, empathy and symphony as a way to focus on what matters most in the context of their immediate business needs.

Chris is the author of Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals(McGraw-Hill Professional), a go-to-resource for how to plan and execute great business ideas. Using strategic illustration and three simple design principles, Chris inspires the use of pictures, words and metaphors to realize business ideas and address challenges.  

Prior to her leadership role at Alchemy, Chris served as the Vice President for Development at Earth Force, and as Executive Director of Keystone Science School, a division of The Keystone Center located in Keystone, Colorado. She has been a keynote speaker and guest faculty at several business schools across the United States. She serves on the Board of a variety of non-profit organizations.

Chris has an M.B.A from the Executive and Professional Education program at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and is a graduate of the 50 for Colorado executive education program at the LEEDS Business School at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

In addition to Alchemy, her entrepreneurial pursuits include Conversation Cloud (www.conversation-cloud.com) and HandsOn Science Partnership (www.handsonsciencepartnership.com)

Visit www.link2alchemy.com and www.pictureyourstrategy.com to learn more about Chris and her work.

Specialties: Integrating art and business, creating compelling visions and plans to realize those visions, keynote speaking, visual enhanced presentations, graphic facilitation and strategic illustration

Discussion Book Leaders

Angie Klink is the author of "The Deans' Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality" published by Purdue University Press, March 2014. Writing about the five women who led with integrity, class, and moxie changed her life, and she hopes the book changes the lives of her readers.

Women and men today can learn from this quintet whose challenges are still relevant. In a man's world, they led with courage, conviction, and persistence. Their sisterhood of a shared profession spanned seven decades on an American college campus.The symbol of a secret Bible passed from dean to dean acted as a talisman, a reminder of their shared support system when the going was tough and when they celebrated successes.

Angie writes biographies, histories, documentaries, children's books, essays, and advertising. Klink was the scriptwriter for the 2013 documentary about public education, "Rise Above the Mark," narrated by Peter Coyote. She is the author of "Kirby's Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built their Company on Kitchen-Table Values" and "Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis."

Klink also has authored the children's books "Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer" and "I Found U" and is published in four titles for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has won fifty-two American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards. She was awarded an honorable mention in the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop competition. Klink holds a BA from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She lives in Indiana with her husband, two sons, and rescue dog, Chloe. Visit angieklink.com, where you'll find links to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Originally from West Virginia, Betty Nelson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the Women’s Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and then a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Ohio University. She served over 30 years on the staff of Purdue University, beginning in the Psychology Department before being asked to join Helen Schleman’s staff in the Dean of Women’s office. Nelson succeeded Barbara Cook as Purdue’s Dean of Students in 1987 and served as Dean until her retirement in 1996. As Dean, Nelson helped create the Disability Resource Center, established the Student Leadership Development Program, and served in leadership positions in the National Association for Women Deans, Advisors, and Counselors and in the Indiana AWDAC. Nelson has also been active in numerous community activities, serving in leadership roles with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the Lafayette Rotary Club, the Lafayette YWCA and other local service organizations. Some of Dean Nelson’s awards and honors include the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the Amelia Earhart Award.

Luncheon Session Leaders

I graduated Purdue CFS 1999 (Financial Planning and Consumer Counseling Program). I am a Financial Advisor with CUNA Brokerage Services Inc, where I have been named a 2014 Woman of Distinction. Investment Services located at Purdue Federal Credit Union is where I provide Individuals and Families direction and action in managing financial goals, including: Retirement Planning, Income Funding, and Wealth Management.

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Purdue Moves Speakers

Dr. Fatma Mili is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Oakland University Michigan. She also served as the Interim Associate Dean of Engineering for one year in 2010. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Universite Pierre & Marie Curie, France. She has been at Oakland University since 1984 with invited appointments in Canada, France, and Tunisia. Her research interests are in formal methods, optimization, and distributed computing with a focus on bio-inspired algorithms. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, DOT, TARDEC, Chrysler, and the State of Michigan. Her educational interests are in the use of gaming in education and in broadening participation through multi-disciplinary projects. In 2011, she received the Michigan Office of Women in Higher Education Distinguished Woman award.

Ellen Gundlach has been teaching introductory statistics and probability classes at Purdue University as a continuing lecturer since 2002, with prior experience teaching mathematics or chemistry classes at Purdue, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, The Ohio State University, and Florida State University. She is an associate editor of CAUSEweb and editor of the MERLOT Statistics Board. Her research interests include K12 outreach activities (ASA’s first Hands-on Statistics Activity grand prize winner in 2010), online and hybrid teaching (Indiana Council for Continuing Education’s Course of the Year award in 2011), T.A. training, academic misconduct, statistical literacy, and using social media in statistics courses. She enjoys spending time with her sons Philip and Callum, playing the flute with several local groups, and supporting (and formerly skating with) the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls roller derby team.

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Karen Plaut joined Purdue University as Director of Ag Research Programs and Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture on June 1, 2010. She was Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU) from January 2005 – June 2010. She came from the University of Vermont (UVM), where she was chair and professor in the Department of Animal Science. She holds a B.S. in animal science from UVM, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University and completed her postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute at the NIH. Dr. Plaut joined the faculty at UVM as an Assistant Professor in 1990 where she was engaged in research and teaching. Her research focused on the endocrine regulation of mammary development and she taught classes in reproductive biology, endocrinology, and lactation. During this time, she also got involved in a research project with NASA. In 1998, she took a two-year leave of absence from UVM to be the lead scientist for NASA’s Biological Research Project for the International Space Station where she was in charge of testing and design of life science habitats. In 2000, she went back to UVM as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science where she was instrumental in developing a research focus for the department in lactation and mammary gland biology. In 2005, as Chair of the Department of Animal Science at MSU, Dr. Plaut guided the department through strategic planning to identify health, environment and welfare as signature areas for the department. In addition, she helped develop a new multi-million dollar pasture based robotic milking research center to stimulate rural revitalization with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and complement MSU’s on campus research dairy as well as a partnership with a 3200 private dairy.

Dr. Plaut also has an active research program in mammary gland biology. She has published over 50 scientific articles in refereed journals, 70 abstracts and has 2 patents. She has been on 21 thesis committees and has obtained approximately $4 M in funding from USDA, NSF, NASA-NIH and others. Dr. Plaut received various teaching and research awards as well as an award for Outstanding Supervisor. She has served on peer review panels for NIH, NIEHS, USDA, DOD and was on the editorial board for the Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia, served on the Board of Directors for the American Dairy Science Association.

Suresh Garimella is Purdue University’s Chief Global Affairs Officer, and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. He previously led Purdue’s Office of Engagement as Associate Vice President (2011-2013). He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, his MS from The Ohio State University in 1986, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Insitute of Technology Madras in 1985. His areas of expertise include micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, thermal management and energy efficiency in electronics systems, renewable and sustainable energy systems technology and policy, and global academic-public-private partnerships. Dr. Garimella has supervised over 80 PhD and MS students, and co-authored 500 refereed journal/conference publications and 15 patents and patent applications. Sixteen alumni from his research group are now faculty members in prestigious universities around the world. Dr. Garimella has held honorary faculty positions at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, Xi’an JiaoTong University in China, and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Modine Manufacturing Company.

Dr. Garimella served as Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2011, in the International Energy Office. He explored pathways to a clean energy future, analyzing cross-cutting issues at the intersection of energy security and climate change. He was the State Department delegate to the Committee on Energy Research & Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and also participated as a Member of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Science & Technology Working Group visit to Moscow in February-March, 2011. Most recently, he was appointed Senior Fellow of the State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), a regional partnership announced by President Obama at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas to promote clean energy, advance energy security, fight energy poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support strategies for sustainable landscapes and build capacity for climate change adaptation.

Dr. Garimella serves in editorial roles with several leading energy-related journals. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His efforts in research and engineering education have been recognized with the 2011 NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, 2010 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, 2009 ASME Allan Kraus Thermal Management Award, 2004 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 2012 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 1995 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, 1997 UWM Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 1992 Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, among others.

Marietta L. Harrison, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Director, Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park
Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Marietta L. Harrison received a BA in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wyoming. She completed postdoctoral studies in tumor immunology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington where she was the recipient of a Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and a National Institutes of Health, National Research Service Award. She joined the faculty in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University in 1989. She rose through the academic ranks and in 1999 was promoted to Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

Dr. Harrison’s research interests lie in the area of immune cell activation and the role of immunity in cancer surveillance. Her laboratory focuses on a key lymphocyte cell tyrosine kinase that she co-discovered during her postdoctoral training in collaboration with the laboratory of the 1992 Nobel Prize winner, Edwin G. Krebs. The Harrison laboratory studies the mechanisms underlying the function of this pivotal kinase and the group has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Harrison served as a member of the NIH Experimental Immunology Study Section from 1997-2001, as Ad Hoc reviewer for the NIH Allergy and Immunology Study Section, the Transplantation, Tolerance and Tumor Immunology Study Section and various NIH Special Study Sections. She served two terms on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from 1995-2000 and 2003-2006 and as a standing member of the ASBMB Human Resource Committee from 1996-1999.

Dr. Harrison served as the Assistant Director of the NCI-designed Purdue University Center for Cancer Research from 1996-1998 and in 1998 she was promoted to Associate Director, a position she currently holds. Dr. Harrison additionally serves as the Director of the Oncological Sciences Center (OSC) in Discovery Park. She was a co-recipient of the Lafayette Lions Purdue Cancer Research Award in 1988 and in 2006 she received the Walther Cancer Institute “Collaborator of the Year Award” for her efforts to promote collaborations with clinicians and medical oncologists at the NCI-designated Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. She has been instrumental in establishing critical partnerships with local clinicians that led to the Cancer Research Clinical Partnership program at the OSC. In 2009, Dr. Harrison received a “Woman of Purdue” award presented by the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board and the same year she was appointed an Associate Vice President for Research at Purdue University.

Dr. Harrison has a deep and abiding interest in underrepresented groups in science having served for ten years on the College of Pharmacy’s Minority Advocacy Committee, as the faculty advisor to the Purdue chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association and as director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research Summer Minority Undergraduate Research Program.

Sunil Prabhakar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Techonology, Delhi in 1990. Since August 1998 he has been with the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. He is currently serving as the Interim Department Head.

Dr. Prabhakar's His main area of research is database systems. He is currently working on developing novel databases for handling uncertain data, and developing solutions that ensure authenticity, integrity and privacy for outsourced databases including cloud databases. In earlier work, he has developed solutions for scalability and efficiency for moving objects and sensor databases, digital rights management for databases through digital watermarking, and ensuring correctness over private databases.

Prior to joining Purdue, he held a position with Tata Unisys Ltd. from 1990 to 1994.

Jennifer Neville is an assistant professor at Purdue University with a joint appointment in the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. She received a DARPA IPTO Young Investigator Award in 2003 and was selected as a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group in 2007. In 2008, she was chosen by IEEE as one of “AI's 10 to watch.” Her research focuses on developing data mining and machine learning techniques for relational domains, including citation analysis, fraud detection, and social network analysis.

Dr. Beth McCuskey’s experience in university residences started early in her undergraduate career. While attending college, as a freshman living in university housing, McCuskey served as president of her hall’s council. It was during this time that she realized her passion for providing a great experience for students and one of the reasons why she she’s so passionate about the first-year experience of the students living with us today at Purdue.

After completing her education McCuskey embarked on a career focused on university housing and food services, knowing it was an integral part of student success. A veteran of land grant universities, she comes from the University of Wyoming where she was the executive director of residence life, dining services and the Wyoming Union. Prior to starting at Wyoming in 1999, she worked as assistant director of finance and administration of Housing and Residence Life at West Virginia University.

As Associate Vice President of Housing and Food Services at Purdue, McCuskey is focusing her passion and experience in leading our dedicated staff to create those wonderful experiences for our students. For McCuskey, the best part about working in a university environment is involvement with students. “You know your work makes a difference,” she says. “Knowing that every day is powerful.”

McCuskey sees the work of Housing and Food Services employees as an integral part of the Purdue student experience.

We apply class principles in an out-of-class setting,” she says. “HFS is pretty significant in terms of its reach to the student body.

Dr. McCuskey recently unveiled HFS ACTS – Housing and Food Services guiding principles during her State of the Division address held last spring. HFS ACTS is Beth’s vision of a culture with virtues and values that acts to make a difference, whose mission strives to make a positive impact on the education and well being of our students, while focusing on an accountability and responsibility for sustainability as an organization.

Barb graduated from Purdue with a degree in what is now hospitality and tourism management. She has been with Housing and Food Services in some capacity for her entire career, and was named executive director in 2006. In this position, Barb oversees the director staff for administration, facilities, conferences, operations and residential life. She works to ensure that students have a positive experience while living in our communities.

Since she became executive director, Barb has helped introduce diversity teams and safety committees in each residence hall. She has also been instrumental in two new programs. In 2010, she began a new program called UR Global. This program is meant to ease the transition of incoming international students by facilitating their arrival and creating a peer mentor program for the first semester. Barb also initiated the Women’s Leadership Series, which is a sequence of programs created to nurture female student leaders.

A current project under Barb's direction is the ongoing construction of Third Street Suites, a new type of residence hall that will be home to learning communities and will help to bridge the gap between academics and the residential living/learning experience. The Third Street Suites project and additional housing projects slated for the future have been identified by president Daniels' as a part of his Purdue Moves initiatives.

Barb loves her job because it allows her to lead an organization that makes a difference for students. She understands that college is a time for new experiences, self-discovery and growth; students are here for more than a degree. She loves being able to give students the opportunity to find their own voices and identities, and ultimately seeks to assist all students in being successful at Purdue.

After hours, Barb volunteers with the Food Finders BackPack Program, which provides food to families of local elementary school children. She is also a member of the local chapter of Tri Kappa. This philanthropic organization supports culture, education and the arts in Tippecanoe County.

Barb is very proud of her children. Her son, Ben, is a graduate of Purdue and Vanderbilt universities and is now on staff at Vanderbilt. Her daughter, Lizzy, is a scholarship track athlete at IPFW. “In addition to working, my other most important job is being a mom,” she says.