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2019 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

More than 230 Purdue faculty and staff gathered on October 28 for the Excellence in Research Awards dinner, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue’s research community.

Among the honorees were faculty members who had received college or school awards for outstanding research during the 2019 fiscal year. In addition, principal investigators and co-investigators garnering an award of $1 million or more were recognized with the Seed for Success Award. Of the 238 investigators working on one of the 79 Seed for Success projects, 92 investigators earned a bronze acorn award in recognition of their contribution acquiring a $1 million or more award for the first time.

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2019 Excellence in Research Awards

As part of the ceremonies, three faculty members received Purdue University’s most prestigious research awards:

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences, received the Lu Ann Aday Award, for her pioneering work in military family research.

Distinguished Lecture Video

Evgenii Narimanov, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, received the Arden L. Bement, Jr. Award, for his field-defining work in metamaterials and contributions to the field of hyperbolic metamaterials.

Distinguished Lecture Video

Sabre Kais, Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science, received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, for his innovative work in quantum computing and quantum chemistry calculations.

Distinguished Lecture Video

2019 Seed for Success Awards

The Seed for Success Award is given in recognition of the accomplishments of investigators for their efforts in obtaining a $1 million dollar or more external sponsored award.

The Seed for Success Award is given in recognition of the accomplishments of investigators for their efforts in obtaining an external sponsored award of $1 million or more. The following acknowledges fiscal year 2018 single-year and multiyear award notifications.

Recipients

  • Peter Bermel, Gozdem Kilaz, from Indiana Innovation Institute, Achieving Scientifically Secured User Reassurance in Electronics (ASSURE), $2,492,538
  • Sunil A. Bhave, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, MCOQA: Mechanically-driven, Coherence-enhanced Quantum Angle sensor, $2,320,920
  • Sunil A. Bhave, from National Science Foundation, RAISE-TAQS: Multifunctional Hybrid Quantum Systems for Spin-Based Quantum Control and Metrology, $1,000,000
  • James E. Braun, from Consortium Members, Center for High Performance Building Consortium, $2,730,000
  • Scott D. Briggs, Brian Dilkes, Mark C. Hall, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), SET domain epigenetic factors govern antifungal drug efficacy and fungal pathogenesis, $1,931,230
  • Sarah Calve, Tamara L. Kinzer-Ursem, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Biomechanical influence of ECM remodeling on the developing enthesis, $1,694,706
  • Noll L. Campbell, from National Institute on Aging (NIH), Reducing Risk of Dementia through De-prescribing (R2D2), $3,281,773
  • David J. Cappelleri, Song Zhang, from National Science Foundation, RI: Medium: Light Responsive Polymer Magnetic Microrobots with Dual Mode Sensing for Biomedical and Advanced Manufacturing Applications, $1,000,000
  • Alexander A. Chubykin, from National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), Neural Mechanisms of Predictive Impairments in Autism, $1,866,265
  • Meng Cui, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), High-throughput 3D random access three-photon structural and functional imaging, $1,405,558
  • Mingji Dai, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Synthesis and Study of Medicinally Important Molecules, $1,909,120
  • Edward J. Delp, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Air Force Research Laboratory Media Forensics Integrity Analytics, $5,165,055
  • Qing Deng, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Role of microRNAs in neutrophil migration, $1,845,890
  • Shirley Dyke, Ilias Bilionis, Antonio Bobet, James E. Braun, David J. Cappelleri, George T. Chiu, Amin Maghareh, Karen Marais, Julio Alfonso Ramirez, Dawn Whitaker, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats Institute, $17,040,750
  • David S. Ebert, Saurabh Bagchi, Bharat Bhargava, Christopher Brinton, Chris Clifton, Arif Ghafoor, Ninghui Li, Shaoshuai Mou, Joel Rasmus, Bowei Xi, from Northrop Grumman Corporation, Northrop Grumman, $5,409,273
  • Paul D. Ebner, Elizabeth Karcher, John H. Lumkes, Krishna Nemali, Haley F. Oliver, Kashchandra Raghothama, Mohamed Seleem, Ariana Torres Bravo, from U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. — Egypt Center of Excellence in Agriculture, $2,846,063
  • Nancy E. Edwards, Karen J. Foli, from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Practice Nurses in the Primary Care Workforce: Increasing Care in Rural/Underserved Indiana, $2,188,753
  • Anter A. El-Azab, Janelle P. Wharry, from U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Thermal Energy Transport Under Irradiation, $1,710,030
  • Timothy R. Filley, Dieudonne Baributsa, Amanda J. Deering, Emad Elwakil, Marty D. Frisbee, Bruce R. Hamaker, Charles P. Woloshuk, Jacob E. Ricker-Gilbert, Haley F. Oliver, Chad T. Jafvert, Walter Daniel Leon-Salas, Marshall A. Martin, Sara K. McMillan, Lori A. Hoagland, Ronald F. Turco, Greg M. Michalski, Lisa R. Welp-Smith, Mohsen Mohammadi, Cankui Zhang, Jian-Kang Zhu, Kashchandra G. Raghothama, from Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water and the Environment, $14,668,400
  • Daniel P. Flaherty, Chittaranjan Das, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Antibacterial inhibitors of RnpA, $1,900,493
  • James L. Garrison, David A. Spencer, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SNOOPI: SigNals-of-Opportunity P-band Investigation, $1,205,133
  • John E. Haddock, from Indiana Department of Transportation, Work Plan and Budget Request for Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program 2018-2019, $1,313,372
  • Jason R. Henderson, Lionel J. Beaulieu, Abby R. Hostetler, Michael D. Wilcox, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Advancing Agrosecurity and Community Resilience through Collaboration, Capacity-Building and Extension Program Innovation, $1,529,600
  • Randall A. Hountz, Natalie M. Stewart, George Bailey, from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, FSSA - Statewide Medicaid EHR/Security Assistance, $7,224,294
  • Randall A. Hountz, Nicole Adams, Mark K. Clare, Daniel D. Degnan, Paul M. Griffin, Nan Kong, Laura Reese, Andrew Marimon-Cabamalan, Melanie Cline, from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, An HIT-Enabled Community-Wide Approach to Opioid Treatment, $3,998,872
  • Randall A. Hountz, Kathleen Abrahamson, Gregory W. Arling, Mark K. Clare, Daniel D. Degnan, Paul M. Griffin, Zachary J. Hass, Nan Kong, Jack Fenton, from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Cost-Effective Quality Care for Indiana’s Long-Term Care (LTC) Medicaid Patients, $3,997,723
  • Rong Huang, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Discovery of small molecule inhibitors for protein N-terminal methyltransferase, $1,063,689
  • Chen-Lung Hung, Sergei Khlebnikov, Martin Kruczenski, Qi Zhou, from W. M. Keck Foundation, Exploring Strongly Coupled Systems by Experiment and String Theory Methods, $1,000,000
  • Zubin Jacob, Tongcang Li, Na Lu, Yi Xuan, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Designing quantum fluctuational meta-molecules for giant cooperative light-matter interaction beyond spectral boundaries, $3,873,103
  • Wen Jiang, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), Atomic models of human tau filaments and development of tau ligands, $1,323,160
  • Natalya B. Kaganovich, Sharon L. Christ, Charna T. Greenwell, Laurence B. Leonard, from National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIH), Audiovisual processing in children with developmental language disorder, $1,625,193
  • Sabre Kais, Yong P. Chen, Libai Huang, from U.S. Department of Energy, Quantum Computing Algorithms and Applications for Coherent and Strongly Correlated Chemical Systems, $2,475,000
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Alejandro Strachan, Lynn Zentner, from National Science Foundation, Network for Computational Nanotechnology Cyber Platform, $14,500,000.
  • Casey J. Krusemark, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Harnessing the In Vitro Selection for Activity-based Proteomics and Chemical Probe Development, $1,880,740
  • Tillmann C. Kubis, from Silvaco, Commercial Development and Implementation of Atomistic Level TCAD Simulation for the Advanced Semiconductor Market, $3,533,335
  • Milind Kulkarni, Jeremiah M. Blocki, Benjamin J. Delaware, Christina L. Garman, Aniket Pundlik Kate, Hemanta K. Maji, Tiark Rompf, Roopsha Samanta, from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, HACCLE: High-Assurance Compositional Cryptography: Languages and Environments, $10,732,899
  • Sean P. Lane, Erin P. Hennes, Robert W. Proctor, X. Carol Song, Lan Zhao, from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), Toward a Generalized Framework and Flexible Software Environment for Power Analysis of Alcohol Treatment Randomized Controlled Trials, $3,411,401
  • Jacqueline C. Linnes, Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Steven T. Wereley, Ellen Gruenbaum, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Smartphone-based diagnostic for HIV self-testing, $1,143,157
  • Dianne Little, Uma K. Aryal, Sarah Calve, Bruce R. Cooper, Phillip J. SanMiguel, Jyothi Thimmapuram, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Driver Genes for Engineered Rotator Cuff Development, $2,455,911
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Kathy M. Broniarczyk, Dave Topp, from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Star Behavioral Health Providers - Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction, $1,000,000
  • Renee K. McKee, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Military Extension Internship Program and Teen Adventure Camps, $1,628,800
  • Scott A. McLuckey, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Gas-phase Bio-conjugation in the Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Peptides, Proteins and Protein Complexes, $1,637,413
  • Muhsin Menekse, Ala Samarapungavan, from U.S. Department of Education, Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Education by Integrating Mobile Learning Technologies with Natural Language Processing, $1,398,642
  • Scott E. Meyer, from Blue Origin, LLC, Blue Origin RCS Thruster Development Testing, $1,157,348
  • Norbert Neumeister, John P. Finley, Timothy Matthew Jones, Andreas Jung, David S. Koltick, Luis Martin Kruczenski, from U.S. Department of Energy, An Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics Program, $9,327,000
  • Haley F. Oliver, Amanda J. Deering, Paul D. Ebner, Jaco Ricker-Gilbert, Hui-Hui Wang, Jerry Shively, from U.S. Agency for International Development, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, $9,989,774
  • Guillermo Paniagua Perez, from Rolls-Royce, RR DAS for STARR Project, $4,760,000
  • Kinam Park, Andrew D. Otte, from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), Injectable naltrexone 2-month depot formulations, $2,861,170
  • Dimitrios Peroulis, Dallas T. Morisette, Charilaos Mousoulis, Shreyas Sen, from Landauer, MEMS-Scale Accumulating Radiation Sensor Program, $2,703,431
  • Katherine Martin Rainey, Karen Hudson, from United Soybean Board, Modifying Soluble Carbohydrates in Soybean Seed for Enhanced Nutritional Energy Meal, $2,439,019
  • Arvind Raman, Joseph V. Sinfield, Yuehwern Yih, Jennifer J. DeBoer, Wilella D. Burgess, Andrea Burniske, Betty Bugusu, from U.S. Agency for International Development, LASER Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (PULSE), $70,000,000
  • Karthik Ramani, Shimon Y. Nof, Alexander J. Quinn, Thomas S. Redick, from National Science Foundation, FW-HTF Theme 2: Collaborative Research: Designing Future Reality Today: Physical-Reality Simulation Platform for Future Factories, $1,839,998
  • Julio Alfonso Ramirez, Antonio Bobet, David R. Johnson, from National Science Foundation, NHERI Network Coordination Office, $4,485,786
  • Gintaras V. Reklaitis, Marcial Gonzalez, Zoltan Nagy, from U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Assessment of Industry 4.0 in Advancing Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, $1,400,000
  • Fabio H. Ribeiro, Rajamani P. Gounder, Jeffrey T. Miller, from Indiana Economic Development Corporation, I2FE - Increase Gasoline Octane, $1,260,000
  • Leonid P. Rokhinson, from U.S. Department of Energy, Engineering Topologically Protected Superconducting States, $1,691,000
  • Michael G. Rossman, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Structural Studies of Togaviruses, $3,231,145
  • Kenneth H. Sandhage, Kevin P. Trumble, from U.S. Department of Energy, Robust High-Temperature Heat Exchangers, $1,960,745
  • Kenneth H. Sandhage, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculosk1eletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Mechanisms Mediating Osseointegration of 3D Printed Titanium Constructs, $1,445,402
  • Sandra F. SanMiguel, Wilella D. Burgess, Henry W. Green III, Willie M. Reed, Bianca N. Zenor, Latonia Craig, from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Vet Up! The National HCOP Academy for Veterinary Medicine, $3,187,668
  • Steven P. Schneider, Brandon C. Chynoweth, from Air Force Research Laboratory, Design and Initial Development of Quiet Ludwieg Tube Wind Tunnels at Mach 8 and Mach 10, $5,908,000
  • Shreyas Sen, Dana Weinstein, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, MIDAS TOUCHES: Tiles of Unreleased Clocks for Hybrid Electronic Steering, $1,139,965
  • Gregory M. Shaver, Daniel DeLaurentis, Tony J. Vyn, John Evans, from John Deere North American Agricultural, Autonomous Systems Development Tools, $2,860,140
  • Margie E. Snyder, Matthew M. Murawski, from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, An Evaluation of the Spread and Scale of PatientToc from Primary Care to Community Pharmacy Practice for the Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes, $1,434,492
  • Steven F. Son, from Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Piezoenergetics: Coupled Piezoelectric and Nanoenergetic Materials with Tailorable and Switchable Reactivity, $4,499,963
  • X. Carol Song, Jian Jin, Venkatesh M. Merwade, Uris Baldos, from National Science Foundation, Framework:Data:HDR: Extensible Geospatial Data Framework towards FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Science, $4,571,811
  • Robert V. Stahelin, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Lipid-Protein Interactions in Viral Assembly and Virus Like Particle Formation, $1,094,388
  • Robert K. Swihart, from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Integrated Deer Management in Indiana, $1,269,380
  • Lynne S. Taylor, from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control Pilot Project to Evaluate Novel Drug Product Manufacturing Technologies, $1,173,871
  • Dorothy Teegarden, Shawn S. Donkin, Michael K. Wendt, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Obesity, Metabolism and Breast Cancer Metastasis, $2,307,651
  • John Tesmer, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Purdue University Molecular Biophysics Training Program, $1,286,856
  • Christopher H. Uyeda, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Transition Metal Catalyzed Reductive Carbene Transfer Reactions, $1,836,355
  • Richard M. Van Rijn, Julia A. Chester, from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse (NIH), G-protein-, beta-arrestin- and ERK-signaling in Alcohol Use- and Anxiety-disorders, $1,691,423
  • Juan P. Wachs, Vaneet Aggarwal, Richard D. Voyles, Yexiang Xue, from U.S. Department of Defense, A Fundamental Theory for Dexterous Surgical Skills Transfer to Medical Robots, $1,285,500
  • Andrew M. Weiner, Sabre Kais, Minghao Qi, from National Science Foundation, RAISE:TAQS: High Dimensional Frequency Bin Entanglement -- Photonic Integration and Algorithms, $1,000,000
  • Jennifer H. Wisecaver, from National Science Foundation, DIMENSIONS: Eco-Evolutionary Drivers of Diversity in Toxic Algal Blooms, $1,999,208
  • Zhong-Yin Zhang, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Structure/Function of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, $1,628,090
  • Wei Zheng, Linda H. Nie, from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH), Lead Exposure and Beta-Amyloid Transport by Brain Barriers, $1,918,925
  • Qi Zhou, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Advancing innovative therapies against pandrug-resistant Gram-negative superbugs, $3,247,904

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