Appointments, honors and activities

December 13, 2013  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Issam Mudawar, professor of mechanical engineering, has received three national awards for research accomplishments. At the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference in Minneapolis, he received the 75th Anniversary Medal of ASME Heat Transfer Division for outstanding contributions to the heat transfer field and community. He received the 2013 Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Science Category at the ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in San Diego for his theoretical and experimental research on phase change mechanisms and applications in energy, materials processing, aerospace propulsion and thermal management, and electronics cooling. Mudawar received the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Founder's Award at the 2013 ASGSR Conference in Orlando, Fla. This is the highest honor given by ASGSR for distinguished scientific contributions to and leadership in the field of gravitational research. Mudawar joined Purdue in 1984.

- Sharon Schleigh, assistant professor of science education in the Department of Chemistry & Physics at Purdue Calumet, has been recognized by fellow faculty, students and teachers for innovative teaching in science. She was nominated for an award to recognize her effort to inspire and excite undergraduate students in science and her use of technology and creative strategies to support student learning. Schleigh will receive the Distinguished Award for Outstanding Innovative College Science Teaching from the Hoosier Association of Science Teacher, Inc (HASTi). HASTi annually recognizes college science teachers that show a passion for innovative science teaching.

- Russ Jones, associate professor of theatre, has earned the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for his service to the American College Theatre Festival. Each year, the eight Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regions honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the festival. Jones is a 10-year member of the selection committee and a past chair of design and technology for Region III of the festival.


- College of Science alumnus Will Carpenter was significantly involved with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons." Prior to the creation of the organization, Carpenter was involved in the effort to establish a chemical weapons treaty that culminated in the conclusion of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established after the convention was put into force. Carpenter served as the U.S. representative to and co-chair of its science advisory board. Carpenter earned his master's degree in biological sciences and doctoral degree from Purdue in 1956 and 1958, respectively. In 1999 he received an honorary doctorate from Purdue's College of Science.

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