Appointments, honors and activities

July 18, 2014  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Purdue food science professor Kevin Keener received the Research and Development Award of the Institute of Food Technologists for his research program that enhances food quality and food safety, improves processing efficiencies, and reduces waste in food manufacturing. Keener’s program promotes economically sustainable practices in the food industry through engagement with entrepreneurs, food companies, university researchers, students and government agencies. Keener received his award at the IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in June in New Orleans.


-  Thomas Hacker, associate professor of computer and information technology, co-chaired the third annual NSF CyberBridges Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop brings together researchers to build collaborations and develop the next generation of cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing faculty researchers. For more information, go to

Student honors:

- The Purdue AMET aerospace team won best design in the 2014 Global Space Balloon Challenge for the design and construction of a zero-pressure balloon that can fly higher than off-the-shelf that burst in low-pressure environments. The team plans to use a version of the balloon from which to launch rockets into space. See in flight video at

- Two Purdue undergraduate research teams won awards at the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region III Student Conference this spring. For more, visit

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