Appointments, honors and activities

October 9, 2015  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Three faculty members are among 70 of the nation's most innovative young engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's seventh Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the event, Oct. 25-28, in Irvine, California. They will share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The three Purdue researchers are Bryan Boudouris, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; and Karen Marais, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

- Pam Aaltonen, associate professor and associate head of the School of Nursing, was recently selected to receive the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. The award is co-sponsored by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, an independent, public not-for-profit health institute dedicated to promote and protect the health of the individual through education, research and resource management, to achieve a higher quality of life, a healthy environment, and to foster greater knowledge of public health and the Indiana Public Health Association. Aaltonen will receive the award later this month in Indianapolis.


- The School of Nursing has received the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Oct. 26 in Washington D.C. The award recognizes schools that re-envision traditional nursing education. It includes a $1,000 prize. Purdue is being honored for "infusing systems and quality improvement approaches into the undergraduate curriculum." The program provides students with knowledge for leadership roles in the work environment, allows hands-on collaborative team experience with practice partners including IU Arnett Health and builds competency across the curriculum. The first students to complete this program will graduate in May.  

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