April 9, 2021
Appointments, honors and activities
- The Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics will honor nine distinguished alumni with Outstanding Aerospace Engineer awards in a virtual event Monday (April 12). The awards are presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating excellence in industry, academia, government service or other endeavors that reflect the value of a Purdue aerospace engineering degree. The 2020 honorees are Douglas Adams (BSAAE ’94, MSAAE ’96, PhD AAE ’01), Christopher Clark (MSAAE ’87), Darin DiTommaso (BSAAE ’88), Douglas Joyce (BSAAE ’67, MSAAE ’68), Yen Matsutomi (BSAAE ’03, MSAAE ’05, PhD AAE ’09), Loral O’Hara (MSAAE ’09), David Schmidt (BSAAE ’65, PhD AAE ’72), Stevan Slijepcevic (BSAAE ’93, MSAAE ’94) and Rhonda Walthall (BSAAE ’86). For more on each recipient, visit AAE’s website.
Faculty and staff honors:
- Patti Pelletier, senior director of the Learning and Leadership Community at Purdue University Global, has been named an inaugural recipient of the APL nextED Outstanding Women Leading in Academic Operations Award. This award was created to recognize women doing the vital yet often overlooked work of leading and supporting academic teams as they work to achieve their academic missions. Pelletier boasts over 35 years of educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, fostering university support with the goal of increased persistence and student success. In her current role at Purdue Global, she brings together opportunities for faculty and students to pursue professional development, acquire leadership skills, and enhance personal learning outside of the classroom through her supervision of the Center of Teaching and Learning, Academic Success Center, Faculty Operations and Student Life.