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Special Awards and Recognition

Purdue University Faculty Special Awards and Recognition


  • The National Academy of Engineering has elected a Purdue University engineering professor into its society. Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was among the 66 new members and 10 foreign associates elected to the academy this year. Election to membership in the National Academy of Engineering has been regarded as one of the highest distinctions that can be bestowed on an engineer.
  • Five Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. The distinction recognizes notable work to advance science or its applications, and fellows are elected by their peer members. The Purdue fellows are: Steven Adelman (chemistry), Muhammad Ashraful Alam (electrical and computer engineering), Srinivasan Chandrasekar, (industrial engineering and material engineering by courtesy), Suresh Garimella (associate vice president for engagement), Michael Ladisch (agricultural and biological engineering; biomedical engineering and director of Purdue's Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering).
  • Distinguished professor of chemical engineering, Rakesh Agrawal, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation on October 21st from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the U.S. government. 


  • Six Purdue University faculty members have won the National Science Foundation's most prestigious honor for outstanding young researchers in 2010. Purdue's 2010 recipients were:
    Alice Pawley, Engineering Education
    Sanjay Rao, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Thomas Hacker, Computer and Information Technology
    Vijay Raghunathan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Luis Kruczenski, Physics
    Lyudmila Slipchenko, Chemistry
  • Eight Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Purdue's newest fellows are as follows: R. Graham Cooks (Chemistry), Stanton B. Gelvin (Biological Sciences), Paul M. Hasegawa (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture), Ahmed Hassanein (Nuclear Engineering), Scott A. Jackson (Agronomy), Scott A. McLuckey (Chemistry), Paul Shepson (Chemistry), Arvind Varma (Chemical Engineering). These professors join 38 Purdue colleagues as AAAS fellows.
  • Marcus Rogers, professor of computer and information technology, was awarded the Paul H. Chapman Award by the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. for his contributions to local, state, and federal law enforcement through his expertise in cyber forensics.
  • Three Purdue University professors have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Joseph Francisco, the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry, and Freydoon Shahidi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, will be inducted into the 2010 class at a ceremony this fall. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.
  • Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  •  William Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and extension safety specialist, was named as a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Four professor were named as fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers including Joerg Appenzeller, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Anand Raghunathan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Tim Sands, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center, and Vladimir Shalaev, the Robert and Anne Burnett Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Two Purdue engineering professors were selected as faculty fellows by the American Council on Education. Audeen Fentiman, professor of nuclear engineering and an associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Eckhard A. Groll, professor of mechanical engineering and director of Purdue's Office of Professional Practice, were chosen for the honor. The program focuses on preparing faculty members for more senior leadership roles.
  • Two Purdue professors, Suresh V. Garimella, Purdue's R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Jay Gore, the Reilly Professor of Combustion Engineering and director of the Energy Center in Purdue's Discovery Park, were selected to receive Jefferson Science Fellowships from the U.S. Department of State. They were among ten fellows selected this year and their expertise and insights will help guide U.S. foreign policy.
  • Eight Purdue faculty members were elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, for their contributions to science and technology. They are: Natalia Dudareva, professor of horticulture and landscape architecture; Donna Fekete, professor of biological sciences; Marcy Hamby Towns, associate professor of chemistry; Jonathan Harbor, professor of earth and atmospheric science; Anant K. Ramdas, Lark-Horovitz Distinguished Professor of Physics; Anita Roychoudhury, associate professor curriculum and instruction; Mary J. Wirth, W. Brooks Fortune Professor of Chemistry; and Jeffrey Vitter, adjunct professor of computer science.
  • Mary Ilu Altman, assistant professor of nursing, has been selected as a Faculty Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Dr. Altman is being recognized for her demonstrated ability to contribute to a defined area of scholarship and the enhancement of Latinas/os in higher education.  
  • Jean Paul Allain, an assistant professor of nuclear engineering, and Denes Molnar, an assistant professor of physics, are among 69 researchers chosen nationwide as recipients of grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's new Early Career Research Program. They will each receive at least $150,000 per year for five years to cover summer salary and research expenses. 

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Purdue University Facilities Special Awards and Recognition


  • Purdue is one of 322 colleges and universities to be included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012. The Princeton Review noted Purdue's dual stream recycling program, grassroots initiatives such as Boiler Green Initiative's green roof project, and commitment to LEED certification in the Roger B. Gatewood Wing of the Mechanical Engineering Building, Marriott Hall and Student and Fitness Wellness Center.
  • Purdue's Kampen Course, a component of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, has been ranked the No. 3 course in all of college golf by The Kampen Course, one of seven courses that comprise the Pete Dye Golf Trail, is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees.
  • Purdue is ranked 14th in "best campus food" in the latest edition of Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges.


  • The Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building won the Outstanding Design Excellence Award by the American School and University magazine. The 107,000 square foot building opened in 2006. It provides meeting rooms and space for 45 faculty, 55 teaching assistants, and 70 research assistants and houses four classrooms, five instructional labs, and four main research labs.

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Purdue University Research Special Awards and Recognition


  • The Association of University Technology Managers ranked Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization No. 6 nationally for its commercialization success in creating startups through tech transfer activities for the past fiscal year.
    Purdue's listed startups for fiscal year 2010 are: QE Corp ; FlexTissue Biomedical LLC ; Sendsor Corp.; Linus Pharma; IV Diagnostics LLC; GlucaGo LLC; LogView LLC; Snare Inc.; Spensa Technologies Inc.; VibraTEQ LLC; Smart Hydraulic Solutions LLC.


  • Purdue University is one of the top 50 institutions worldwide with the most articles published in the prestigous Nature research journals. Purdue ranked 47th on the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50, based on the number of research articles in Nature or the Nature resarch journals in 2010. The index is available at:
  • A recent ranking of the largest supercomputers in the world -- performed biannually by listed two Purdue supercomputers, Rossman and Coates, as being in the world's top 150 largest machines. When compared with other academic research institutions in the United States, Purdue places fifth in the nation in terms of computing capacity.
  • The Discovery Channel's reality TV show, "Dirty Jobs," airs "Bug Detective" episode, featuring Purdue's forensic entomology program and graduate students. Forensic entomology is the process in which insects can be used to determine time of death. Show host, Mike Rowe reflects on this "Purdue episode": "You've got some really big brains doing some important work, and at the same time you have young kids learning the trade."  

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