July 30, 2004
Appointments and promotions
Vincent F. Bralts has been appointed the College of Engineering's associate dean for resource planning and management, effective Aug. 1. Bralts currently serves as head of Purdue's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. In his new position, Bralts will ensure that resource decisions are made in support of academic and strategic priorities, and he will have oversight for budget analysis; data collection, analysis and reporting; discipline-specific academic/fiscal planning; engineering-wide financial planning; engineering facilities and the engineering master facilities plan; and strategic planning. Bralts succeeds Larry Huggins, who will continue working with the college as special adviser to the dean, focusing on projects such as the Millennium Engineering Building, reporting to U.S.News and World Reports for program rankings, developing fiscal models, and creating a data warehouse for the college.
Gerry McCartney has been named assistant dean for technology and senior management information systems lecturer for the Krannert School of Management. He is responsible for the school's computing infrastructure and activities, as well as the creation of new opportunities for entrepreneurial activity around the support and delivery of quantitative research. McCartney, who received his doctorate in sociology and anthropology from Purdue, came back to Purdue from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), where he was associate dean and chief information officer.
Rita R. Colwell, who earned a master's degree in genetics from Purdue, will be one of 10 people induced into the National Women's Hall of Fame during ceremonies in October 2005. Colwell became the first woman and first biologist to head the National Science Foundation in 1998, spearheading the agency's emphases in K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education/training, and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.
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