Appointments, honors and activities

November 9, 2012  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Fourteen Purdue University professors are part of the inaugural class of American Mathematical Society fellows. During an event at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January the society will welcome as fellows professors of mathematics Bernd Ulrich, Louis de Branges, Harold Gerard Donnelly, Joseph Lipman, James E. McClure, Patricia Bauman, Steven R. Bell, Freydoon Shahidi and department head Laszlo Lempert; professor of mathematics and computer science Bradley J. Lucier; professor of statistics Herman Rubin; and emeritus professors of mathematics Jim Douglas, Jr. and Clarence Wilkerson. The late Shreeram Abhyankar also was named as a fellow. The society awards the designation of fellow in recognition of outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. The American Mathematical Society is the world's largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education, according to its president, Eric M. Friedlander. More information is available at



- Purdue University's Office of Professional Practice has chosen four new Cooperative Education Hall of Fame inductees in recognition of their outstanding leadership and career accomplishments. The new inductees are Lawrence Cargnino, Kathy Kilmer, Robert Squires and John Storm. Cargnino and Squires are deceased. Cargnino, who earned a master's degree from Purdue in 1948, was a professor emeritus in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics who joined the faculty in 1945. Kilmer, director of worldwide sales planning and development for Disney Destinations, was director of Industrial Engineering for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., overseeing more than 120 industrial engineers who served as internal business consultants. She earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue in industrial engineering in 1992. Squires helped to establish an ambitious program in catalysis in the School of Chemical Engineering shortly after he arrived in 1962. He was the first chemical engineering faculty member to receive the prestigious Amoco Foundation Award. Storm, president and CEO and founder of Contour Hardening Inc., has been a leader and pioneer in materials engineering for more than 35 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Purdue in 1977 and holds 85 U.S. and international patents. Information about the Co-Op Hall of Fame is available at

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