Appointments, honors and activities

June 26, 2015  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Eckhard Groll, Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, has been featured as one of the "10 Top HVAC Heating Professors" on a blog operated by, created by educational Web publisher Sechel Ventures. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. Groll is director of the Office of Professional Practice at Purdue. He has received several awards in support of his teaching excellence. He is a fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy and received the 2005 Charles B. Murphy Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching at Purdue. Groll also has been recognized for his research. He received the University Faculty Scholar Award and two young investigator awards. Since joining Purdue he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than 100 research grants and 46 educational grants with a total budget of approximately $10.3 million from various sources, including the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, the California Energy Commission, the Cooling Technologies Research Center at Purdue University, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and more than 20 companies. Groll has authored or co-authored 103 archival journal articles and 176 conference papers. He has been the co-author of three book chapters and the editor or co-editor of seven conference proceedings. He holds four patents. He has given 73 invited lectures or invited seminars and 11 keynote lectures.

Alumni honors:

- Purdue University alumna Jill M. Hruby has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country's largest national lab. She will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory when she steps into her new role July 17. Hruby earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1981 and a master's from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, both in mechanical engineering. She received a Distinguished Engineering Alumni award in 2014 from Purdue's College of Engineering. Hruby has authored numerous technical publications, holds three patents in microfabrication and won an R&D 100 Award in solid-state radiation detection. She currently serves on the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Board of Chemical Science and Technology for the National Academy of Sciences. Hruby will become Sandia's 14th director and the first woman to lead one of the three national security labs — Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories — under the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. A Sandia staff member and manager for 32 years, Hruby most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security; homeland security; counterterrorism; and energy security. 

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