Appointments, honors and activities

November 1, 2013  

Appointments and promotions:

- Mike Savage, a 20-year public radio veteran who served most recently as director and general manager of WKCC-FM in Kankakee, Ill., has joined WBA as general manager. At WKCC, Savage established NPR affiliation, created membership and local news departments and launched a national version of its locally produced blues show on the Public Radio Satellite System. At WBAA, he will help oversee the station's nine-person staff as well as several local on-air. Savage was chosen following a national search to replace General Manager Tim Singleton, who retired in January. WBAA is at 920 on the AM dial and 101.3 on the FM dial.

• Campus activities:

- Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Physics Building, Room 114. His presentation is titled "Digital Light." Smith helped pioneer SuperPaint, one of the first digital paint programs. He is credited with the invention of the HSV color space, the most widely used color space for computer graphics artists. He collaborated on the Renderman 3D software while working at Lucasfilm and co-founded Altamira. Among his long list of accolades and accomplishments are two Scientific and Engineering awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

- Five electrical engineering technology alumni in the healthcare field will discuss Smart Health Technologies during a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Fowler Hall. Panelists include: Michael Kelly, business leader, GE Lunar, Bone & Body Composition; Don Malackowski, director of advanced technologies development, Stryker Instruments; George Pazak, field service engineer, Philips; Ed Carlson, division director of engineering, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health; and Karen Waninger, clinical engineering director, Community Health Networking, Inc. Part of the College of Technology's 50th anniversary celebration, the events were planned by the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Graphics Technology.  A full listing of the week’s events can be found at

Faculty and staff honors:

- George Tsao, a Purdue University professor emeritus of chemical engineering and founder of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering, will be honored for his "leadership and early contributions to 21st century industrial biotechnology." He will receive the award on Nov. 12 from the Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology during the 2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green: Markets from the Value Chain Perspective in Philadelphia. The society is an industry group affiliated with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

Student honors:

- Three students from Purdue's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program presented their research at the annual Semiconductor Research Corp. TECHCON conference in September in Austin, Texas. The conference is designed to further growth and success in the semiconductor industry. The students are Alexander Muller, chemical engineering; Kaitlyn Fisher, mechanical engineering; and Christopher Robinson, mechanical engineering. Branden Burns, physics, also attended the conference.

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