Distinguished Purdue Alumni Scholars

The 2022 Honorees were recognized at an awards program and reception on March 29, 2022.
The Office of the Provost in partnership with the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence considers nominations for the Annual Distinguished Purdue Alumni Scholars award to honor alumni who earned a Purdue doctorate, have made significant scholarly contributions to their respective academic communities, and in doing so have contributed extensively to the advancement of women in academia.
By recognizing academic alumni of distinction, we also acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Purdue’s faculty to mentoring these successful scholars, and recognize Purdue’s role in diversifying university faculty across the nation. At the same time, we demonstrate to Purdue’s undergraduate and graduate students the many benefits of a Purdue graduate degree. The honorees are role models to all scholars in the making. 
The call for nominations for this award is typically made late in fall and the honoree/s is/are recognized at a reception in mid-spring. Please click on the left hand tabs for the nomination criteria and past honorees.
All alumni, regardless of sex, who meet the award criteria, including having made significant contributions to the advancement of women in academia, are eligible to be nominated for this award.
In 2022, the six honorees selected from the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, and Veterinary Medicine are:
* Elena Ianchovichina, who earned her PhD in agricultural economics in 1998 from the Department of Agricultural Economics. She is deputy chief economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
* Delita Martin, who earned her MFA degree in studio art: printmaking, drawing, mixed media, installation in 2009 from what is now the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance. She is founder of Black Box Press Foundation and owner of Black Box Press Studio, both in Huffman, Texas.
Sulma Mohammed, who earned her PhD in microbiology in 1991 from the Department of Biological Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Purdue.
Susan Rodger, who earned her PhD in computer science in 1989 from the Department of Computer Science. She is a professor of practice in the Computer Science Department at Duke University.
* Senay Simsek, who earned her PhD in food science in 2006 from the Department of Food Science. She is professor and head of the Department of Food Science at Purdue.
* Lesley Sneed, who earned her PhD in civil engineering in 2007 from the School of Civil Engineering. She is a professor in the Department of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.