2012 Morrill Award winners

May 3, 2012

Pictured (from left): R. Graham Cooks, chemistry; Mark Lundstrom, electrical and computer engineering; Victor Lechtenberg, Office of Engagement; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, human development and family studies; Eugene Spafford, computer science; and Tim Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. (Photo by John Underwood)

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During the Faculty Awards Convocation on April 26, the initial Morrill Awards were given to four faculty members whose careers have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and in engagement missions.

The 2012 Morrill Award winners are:

* R. Graham Cooks, the Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor Analytical Chemistry.

Cooks' decades of work in mass spectrometry have helped Purdue become recognized as a global leader in the field. His work has resulted in more than 900 peer-reviewed publications and 40 patents, and four companies have been founded on work done in his lab. Cooks also has served as major professor for 123 doctoral students and has worked with about 350 graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and visiting scientists.

* Mark Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A Purdue faculty member since 1988, Lundstrom is the founding director of the multi-university SRC-ERI Network for Photovoltaic Technology, which is based at Purdue. Lundstrom also is the founding director of the National Science Foundation's Network for Computational Nanotechnology, or nanoHUB, also based at Purdue. More than 90,000 researchers, educators and students have viewed his courses and tutorials through nanoHUB.

* Eugene Spafford, professor of computer science.

Spafford is a world leader and pioneer in the field of information security. In 1992, he founded the Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technology (COAST) research laboratory in cyber security, and in 1998 he founded the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), which he serves as executive director. From 2003 to 2005, Spafford served on the federal President's Information Technology Advisory Committee.

* Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of human development and family studies.

MacDermid Wadsworth is the founder and director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue, which has received more than $15 million from the Lilly Endowment to support research and outreach to improve the lives of military families in Indiana and across the country. Her work in this field has led her to testify before several federal bodies. MacDermid Wadsworth also has authored more than 100 publications related to her work.