October 4, 2013
Appointments, honors and activities
- The College of Technology topped several categories of the 2012 Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges. Among the 99 institutions in the nation offering engineering technology programs, Purdue had the most bachelor's degrees awarded, most bachelor's degrees awarded to women, the largest total and graduate enrollment, and largest number of graduate degrees awarded.
• Alumni honors:
- Purdue graduate John W. Boudreau has received the 2013 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award for his work linking research on human resource management to tangible strategic impact in the business world. The award, presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation, comes with a $50,000 prize. Boudreau holds master's and doctorate degrees in industrial administration from Purdue. He is professor of management and organization in the Marshall School of Business and director of research at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California. The award, named in honor of a former SHRM president and CEO, recognizes academics or experts whose research significantly advances the field of human resource management.
• Student honors:
- Purdue University landscape architecture undergraduate students have earned several awards at competitions involving students from across the U.S. and around the world. The awards, announced Oct. 1, were among 26 given for projects selected from 391 entries submitted by students at 91 schools. In the student competition of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Zhicheng (Daniel) Xu of Chengdu, China, won an Award of Excellence in the category of analysis and planning for "A 30-Year Plan for the Wabash River Corridor in Lafayette, Ind.," which seeks to strike a balance between culture and nature. Xu's project also won the Award of Excellence in the state competition for students at Purdue and Ball State University. Two projects received an Award of Honor - the second-highest award - in the national competition. Lana Merrill of Valparaiso, Ind., and Camille Mahan of Wildwood, Ill., were recognized in the category of analysis and planning for "Reshaping Our University's Campus for an Ecology Sound Future," a project preserving the character of Purdue's landscape while lessening its environmental imprint through storm water management. Zheming Cai of Wuhan, China, received the award in the general design category for "Preservation as Provocation: Redefining Tourism," which provides an individualized tourist experience at Shute's Folly Island in Charleston Harbor, S.C. Merrill's and Mahan's project also received an Award of Honor in the state competition. All students except Xu graduated in May. Xu is now serving an internship.
- Aviation Technology graduate student Wesley Major was presented with a volunteer service award for coordinating the five-week Able Flight program that helps disabled would-be pilots earn their pilot license. Professional flight major Nick Losande was named Able Flight's Flight Instructor of the Year. Major and aviation management major Kevin Crombie were awarded Able Flight scholarships.