Trustees confirm distinguished professor, receive staff updates

July 17, 2015  

David Nolte

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (July 17) confirmed a distinguished professorship and learned about three new administrative appointments.

David Nolte was confirmed as a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy. Nolte came to Purdue in 1989 as an assistant professor of physics, became an associate professor in 1994 and a full professor in 1999.

His research involves nonlinear optics and the application of laser interferometry to solid state physics, plasmonics in gold films, graphene, semiconductor physics, biointerferometry in biological physics, protein surface chemistry and holographic imaging of living biological tissue.

Nolte is technical founder and president of Animated Dynamics Inc., has received 15 granted patents and written four books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award of Purdue University in 2005, and the Indiana MIRA Award for Technology Innovation of the Year in 2015.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Trent Klingerman, director of employee relations in human resources, has been named vice president for human resources, effective July 1, 2015. He has served as interim vice president since Nov. 14, when Luis E. Lewin left the position to become vice chancellor for human resources at the University of North Texas System.

Provost Deba Dutta’s title has been changed to provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity to reflect his new responsibilities in leading the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Dutta said the change will help enhance the university’s efforts on the recruitment and support of faculty diversity, and incorporate diversity initiatives more directly into the university’s other academic missions overseen by the provost’s office. All current programs will continue and new initiatives will soon be launched. The current staff in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion will report directly to Dutta.

Before coming to Purdue, Dutta was dean of the graduate college and associate provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also served as the chancellor’s adviser on diversity and cultural understanding.

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Katherine "Katie" Sermersheim was appointed Purdue's dean of students on June 25, effective Aug. 1. Sermersheim is currently the interim dean of students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has served in several capacities over her 18-year tenure. She has previously served as assistant director of student development, director of student development and associate dean of students. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Sources: David Nolte, 765-494-3013,

Deba Dutta, 

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