March 18, 2016  

Appointments, honors and activities

Faculty and staff honors:

- Jan Allebach, the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2016 Edwin H. Land Medal jointly awarded by the Optical Society of America and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Allebach also is a professor of computer science and quantitative psychology. The award generally "recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products." Allebach was cited specifically for "diverse contributions in development of widely used commercial halftoning algorithms for digital printing, digital image processing and color management, and also for leadership as an educator and researcher in the field of electronic imaging." Allebach has published more than 105 papers in refereed journals and over 349 conference publications. He is inventor on 31 issued patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The results of his research on image rendering algorithms have been licensed to major vendors of imaging products, and can be found in tens of millions of units that have been sold worldwide.

- Pat Wakenell, associate professor of avian diagnostics in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Comparative Pathobiology, has received the 2016 Golden Egg Award from the Indiana State Poultry Association. The award recognizes the contributions Wakenell, who also is the avian diagnostic pathologist with the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, has made to the Indiana poultry industry.

Alumni honors:

- Marian University's women's basketball team, coached by Purdue alumna and former basketball player Katie Gearlds, won the women's NAIA Division II national championship March 15, defeating Southern Oregon, 59-48. Gearlds played at Purdue from 2003-07, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007.  She was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year.

Student honors:

- Two College of Veterinary Medicine students, Devan Barger and Jordan Beauchamp, have received the 2016 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. Barger is a veterinary technology student and Beauchamp is a veterinary medical student. They received their awards at the Western Veterinary Conference last week in Las Vegas. The award for veterinary technology students is a collaboration between the WVC and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. It consists of a $1,000 scholarship and registration, airfare and lodging for WVC's annual conference. The award for veterinary medical students recognizes those who show leadership and promote lifelong service to the profession. Recipients receive a $1,000 award, complimentary registration, lodging, airfare and a daily stipend to attend the WVC annual conference.


- A major through the Purdue Polytechnic Institute earned a top 50 ranking in The Princeton Review's list of top undergraduate schools for game design. The game studies major, currently in its first year as a full major, was ranked 47th on the recent list. The Princeton Review based the ranking on criteria including academics, facilities, career services and technology. Prior to this year, the game studies major was an area of concentration in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology. 

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