Appointments, honors and activities

February 15, 2013  

Appointments and promotions:

- James Mohler has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs and diversity for the College of Technology. He had been serving in the position on an interim basis since 2011. He also is a professor of computer graphics technology. He earned his bachelor's degree in technical graphics, his master of science in technology and his doctorate in education, all from Purdue University.

- Robert Cox has been appointed associate dean for globalization and engagement in the College of Technology. He had been serving as interim associate dean for globalization since 2011 and head of the Department of Building Construction Management since 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree in building construction, his master's degree in construction management, and his doctorate in civil engineering, all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

- Zarjon Baha, professor of building construction management, has been appointed interim head of the Department of Building Construction Management.

- Craig Miller, professor of computer graphics technology, has been appointed co-director of the Technology Professional Practice Programs. The half-time appointment will allow him to promote the program, collaborate with all involved parties, and oversee the College of Technology's Co-Op coordinators.

Faculty and staff honors:

- Ji-Xin Cheng, a professor in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, was primary editor of the new book "Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy," published by the CRC Press. He is a pioneer in the development and biomedical application of molecular vibration-based imaging tools. The book includes contributions from a team of experts and describes how Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy can be used to determine a detailed chemical map of live cells and tissues. The text provides technical aspects of Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy, including microscope construction, detection schemes and data analyses. The book concludes with a listing of applications demonstrating how the tool has become a valuable tool in biomedicine.

- Panagiota Karava, an assistant professor of civil engineering, has received the 2013 New Investigator Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. The award is offered annually to a tenure-track faculty member in North America and supports a 3-year innovative research project as proposed by the recipient.

- Petra Mart, multiunit manager for Purdue Memorial Union, placed first in the college and university division of the Ripe 'N Ready recipe contest held by Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service. Mart created a recipe for Nutella Pear Muffins. Recipes were graded on the use of canned pears, segment menu fit, ease of preparation, and appetite appeal. Grand and first place awards also were given to innovative recipes that included canned peaches in the K-12 school and health care divisions. Mart's recipe is available at

Alumni honors:

- Purdue University alumnus Thomas Fu, a civilian engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md., has been named 2013 Asian American Engineer of the Year. He will be recognized during the 12th Asian American Engineer of the Year award ceremony on March 2 hosted by the DFW Chapter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers. Fu received a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from Purdue in 1984, a master of science degree in physical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego in 1988 and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1993.

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