Appointments, honors and activities

February 17, 2012

Faculty and staff honors:

- Noll Campbell, research assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice, has been selected to receive the Merck/American Geriatric Society 2012 New Investigator Award. He will receive the award at the annual meeting of the society in May. Campbell's research interests include management issues of cognitive impairment and the burden of anticholinergic medications in cognitively impaired elders.

- Tong Liu, an assistant professor of mathematics, is the recipient of a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded to early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The two-year fellowships are awarded annually to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Liu has research interests in algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry. He is the only person from Purdue to receive the Sloan fellowship this year.

Alumni honors:

- Purdue's School of Engineering Education has named its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award winners. Alumni being honored are:

* Leslie Bottorff, general partner at ONSET Ventures, which invests in early-stage medical technology companies. She earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary engineering, biomedical engineering in 1979.

* Rick Kosdrosky, program manager for special projects on the F-35 joint strike fighter program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. He earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary engineering, computer engineering in 1976.

More information on the honorees can be found at

Student honors:

- Ignacio Laguna, a doctoral student in Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded a George Michael Memorial High Performance Computing Fellowship during the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle in November 2011. The award recognizes Laguna's work, which aims to detect and pinpoint bugs in simulations running on large supercomputers. He is a student of Saurabh Bagchi, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Laguna has worked with scientists at one of the U.S. Department of Energy's labs, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, developing his techniques for simulations running on large supercomputers and applying them to glitches encountered by scientists in their applications. The fellowship honors exceptional doctoral students who have shown potential for impact in high-performance computing research.