March 2, 2022

Six alumnae named as Distinguished Women Scholars

Six Purdue alumnae from five Purdue colleges have been selected as 2022 Distinguished Women Scholars for their exceptional leadership and significant contributions to their fields.

The Office of the Provost and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence will honor the alumnae during an award reception at 3:30 p.m. March 29 in Purdue Memorial Union, Anniversary Drawing Room. Awards will be presented by Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity.

The six honorees 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.

The reception is open to all; registration is required. For more information, contact the Butler Center at

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