Appointments, honors and activities

January 9, 2015  

Appointments and promotions:

- Zenephia Evans has been named director of the Science Diversity Office in the College of Science. Evans previously was the director of multicultural science programs and associate director of the Science Diversity Office. She succeeds Barbara Clark, who is retiring after leading the office for 20 years. Evans will continue to oversee multicultural science programs and the Women in Science programs. In 2012 she received the One Brick Higher Award that honors faculty, staff and students for extraordinary effort and going beyond the requirements of their role to improve the lives of those around them, increase the effectiveness of the workplace and prevent or solve problems. She has worked as a lab coordinator and faculty lecturer in biological sciences, a faculty fellow in Earhart Hall, and is an adviser for Mortar Board, the Caribbean Student Association and the Zeta Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Faculty and staff honors:

- Prabuddha De, Accenture Professor of Information Technology and professor of management in Krannert School of Management, has been named a fellow of the Association for Information Systems. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the information systems discipline through research, teaching and service. De has published more than 70 papers in refereed journals. He has been program chair, doctoral consortium co-chair and dissertation competition co-chair of the International Conference on Information Systems; workshop co-chair, president and adviser of the Workshop on Information Technologies & Systems; and chair of INFORMS Information Systems Society. He was named an inaugural distinguished fellow of ISS in 2009.

-Nathan Hartman, director of the Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence, will deliver one of the keynote presentations at the launch meeting for the PLM International Research Foundation later this month in Brussels, Belgium. The PLM-IRF aims to establish a central mechanism to support international research into the most advanced future capabilities of PLM. Erastos Filos, European Commission official on technologies, best practices and policies for manufacturing innovation, will join Hartman.  

Student honors:

-  Emily Zimovan, an undergraduate student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has been given a Women in Aerospace Foundation and ATK Scholarship. The WIA awards celebrate women's professional excellence in aerospace by annually recognizing female leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community. The goal of the WIA Foundation scholarship program is to encourage young women interested in aerospace careers to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, science or math. Zimovan is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honors Society, has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and has received more than 10 scholarships or honors for academic achievement, including a NASA Aeronautics Scholarship and the recognition of exceptional merit by the Purdue Society of Women Engineers. She has had internships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Langley Research Center.  In addition, she conducted two years of undergraduate research at the University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory, working on studies with balloon-derived attitude control systems for spacecraft. During her internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she was selected as a John Mather Nobel Scholar. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

- Arif Khan, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, was recognized for outstanding achievements in high performance computing at Supercomputing 2014, an international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Khan won third place in the ACM Student Research Competition Award for graduate students for his poster and research project "Computing Approximate b-Matches in Large Graphs and an Application to k-Anonymity."


- Three graduate-level majors offered by the Krannert School of Management have been ranked in the top 25 in the world and nine more in the top 25 in the United States and Canada by Eduniversal, a European-based online higher education selection tool. Worldwide rankings are supply chain and logistics, No. 3 and also No. 1 in North America; entrepreneurship, No. 21; financial markets, No. 24. North American rankings are human resources management, No. 1; information management systems, No. 4; engineering and project management, No. 5; marketing, No. 5; accounting and auditing, No. 7; executive MBA and part-time MBA, No. 8; full-time MBA, No. 9; international management, No. 14; economics No. 24. Overall, Krannert was ranked 17th among U.S. business schools with strong global influence. Rankings are based on program reputation, graduates' beginning salaries and student satisfaction. More information on the rankings is available at

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