June 5, 2020

Appointments, honors and activities

  • Faculty and staff honors:

- Mohammad Rahman, an associate professor in information systems at the Krannert School of Management, is the 2020 recipient of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) Faculty Commercialization Award for his innovative technology startup RightFit Analytics, a precision health-focused evidence-driven prescriptive analytics solution for health care that uses artificial intelligence to learn success patterns. The award is given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to, and success with, commercializing Purdue research discoveries. It was established with an endowment gift from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation.

- Annabelle Feng, a professor at the Krannert School of Management and Purdue’s John and Donna Krenicki Chair in Operations Management, was named a Productions and Operations Management Society (POMS) fellow, the society’s most prestigious lifetime honor. It is intended to recognize members who have made exceptional intellectual contributions to the profession through their research and teaching. Feng, who is the youngest in her field to be designated a POMS fellow, has published in numerous academic journals on the topics of procurement and inventory management, design and manufacturing outsourcing, supply contract negotiations, workforce requirement forecasting and optimization, and the role of population in economic growth. Her most recent work focuses on developing the notions of stochastic functions and developing the general theory for data-integrated decision modeling.

- Shawn Bauldry, an associate professor of sociology, received the Southern Sociological Society’s Junior Scholar Award for 2020. The award goes to faculty members who are within the first 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree. Bauldry is the only recipient of the award this year.


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  • Notables:

Purdue University has been recognized as a 2020 Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award winner. Purdue was selected from a small number of finalists among the more than 1,000 schools that partner with Gallup on their strengths-based strategy.

Purdue partners with Gallup to introduce CliftonStrengths for Students, an online talent assessment, to incoming Boilermakers. Known as myStrengths, this program helps students identify their biggest strengths from a list of 34 strength themes. The assessment is administered through the Roger C. Stewart Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP) and the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative (LPDI). Students are introduced to strengths concepts in their pre-arrival information and during orientation programs. LEAP and LPDI provide ongoing training for students through workshops held throughout the school year.

Since its inception in 2016, more than 34,000 Boilermakers have taken the assessment. During the 2019-20 school year, 2,730 students participated in strengths-based workshops hosted by LPDI and LEAP – all of which took place beyond the scope of in-class curriculums. Additional one-on-one and group workshop sessions were held by strengths coaches on campus.

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