Giant Leaps in HHS



  • Marriott Hall, home to the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, opens
  • Hanley Hall, home to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, opens
  • Jessica Huber (Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences) develops SpeechVive, a device that cues patients with Parkinson’s disease to speak more loudly and clearly.
  • HHS Chronic Disease Interest Research Group is formed


  • Women’s Global Health Institute launches in partnership with Purdue’s Discovery Park
  • School of Health Sciences establishes 3+2 program which combines three years of health sciences curriculum and two years of Krannert business management study for an advanced business degree in health management.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management student Brad Niemeier wins $20,000 as the top finisher in Purdue’s 25thannual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition for his Azzip Pizza fast-casual restaurant concept. (By 2018, Brad has seven Azzip Pizza restaurants.)



  • Expanded Public Health Graduate Program launches
  • Lyles-Porter Hall, home to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; a fitness center; a healthcare clinic; psychology treatment and research clinics; and a nutrition science training and research center.
  • Purdue Autism Cluster established
  • Jeffrey Karpicke (Psychological Sciences), receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • Linda Nie (Health Sciences), creates first-ever transportable, noninvasive medical device to assess real-time bone levels of manganese, aluminum and other essential metals in normal and diseased human subjects. It is particularly useful for bone manganese as biomarker for early diagnosis of manganese-induced Parkinsonian disorder.
  • Shirley Rietdyk (Health and Kinesiology), co-designs SmartGait, a modified smartphone tool to aid health care professionals in assessing a person’s risk of falling and identifying ways to avoid injury.


  • HHS Extension introduces Be Heart Smart, the first health and wellness program developed by Purdue Extension
  • Military Family Research Institute celebrates 15th anniversary
  • Center for Families celebrates 20th anniversary
  • Department of Consumer Science offers CSR 103 (Introduction to Personal Finance), a new course intended to provide students with a solid foundation of basic financial knowledge and very practical solutions and tools to help them better manage their personal finances.
  • Consumer Science student, Rachel Box, wins $20,000 as the top finisher in Purdue’s annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition. Her company, “Guarders,” designs women’s undergarments with strategic pockets for unobtrusively stashing necessities such as a phone, key, credit card and driver’s license.
  • Wayne Campbell (Nutrition Science) serves on a U.S. government committee to shape Dietary Guidelines for Americans.