2013 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

Nearly 200 Purdue faculty and staff gathered in November 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 in 2013, along with Seed for Success honorees — principal investigators and co-investigators garnering awards of $1 million or more. Of the 163 principal investigators and co-investigators working on one of the 60 Seed for Success projects, 46 investigators earned their bronze acorn award in recognition of their contribution in acquiring a $1 million dollar or more award for the first time.

As part of the ceremonies, Thomas Hertel, a Purdue University Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, was honored with the inaugural Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award, and Andrew Weiner, the Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2013 Herbert Newby McCoy Award. Purdue President Mitch Daniels presented the awards.

Please click here to view the Excellence in Research Award program slides for 2013 (PDF).

Please click here to view the Excellence in Research Award program for 2013(PDF).

Please click here to view the Internal Awards for 2013.

List of 2013 Seed for Success Awards

  • Indiana Family Nutrition Program Plan
    Angela R. Abbott; Melissa K. Maulding
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $10,158,347
  • Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST)
    Joerg Appenzeller; Zhihong Chen; Gerhard Klimeck
    from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    $3,250,917
  • Function Accelerated nano-material Engineering (FAME)
    Joerg Appenzeller; Supriyo Datta
    from Microelectronic Advanced Research Corporation
    $1,801,000
  • Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative
    James E. Braun; Qingyan Chen; William T. Horton; Jianghai Hu; Panagiota Karava; Athanasios Tzempelikos
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $3,116,834
  • Indiana Space Grant Consortium Five Year Renewal Proposal for Activity Years 20-24
    Barrett S. Caldwell
    from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    $3,145,000
  • Modeling and Manipulating Phenylpropanoid Pathway Flux for Bioenergy
    Clint Chapple; Natalia Doudareva; John A. Morgan
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $5,274,045
  • Multiscale Experiments and Computational Modeling of Transparent Ceramic and Glass Armors
    Weinong W. Chen
    from Army Research Office
    $1,360,000
  • Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS)
    William A. Crossley; Chien-Tsung Lu; Mary Johnson; Karen Marais
    from Federal Aviation Administration
    $2,500,000
  • Catalyst Design by Discovery Informatics
    W. Nicholas Delgass; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar; James M. Caruthers; Jeffrey Greeley; Fabio H. Ribeiro; Kendall T. Thomson
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $7,034,257
  • National AgrAbility Project
    William E. Field; Paul J. Jones
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $2,009,968
  • An Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics Program
    John P. Finley; Daniela Bortoletto; Wei K. Cui; Sergei Khlebnikov; Luis M. Kruczenski; Norbert Neumeister; Ian P. Shipsey
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $5,044,000
  • Living Well with Later Life Multimorbidity: a Biopsychosocial Approach
    Elliot M. Friedman; Sharon L. Christ
    from National Institute on Aging
    $1,210,390
  • Microcooling for Intensely Concentrated Electronics (MicroICE) An Intrachip Approach
    Suresh V. Garimella; David B. Janes; Dimitrios Peroulis; Justin A. Weibel
    from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    $1,613,611
  • 2013 Local Technical Assistance Program Work Plan
    John Haddock
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
    $1,291,800.
  • PIRE: Nuclear Energy Systems and Materials under Extreme Conditions
    Ahmed Hassanein; Audeen W. Fentiman; Sivanandan Harilal
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,916,844
  • Significant Upgrade and Safety Enhancement of the Instrumentation and Control Systems of the Purdue University Reactor
    Ahmed Hassanein; Jere H. Jenkins
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,276,812
  • Hepatology Centers of Expertise National Educational Initiative
    Marlene O. Heeg
    from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    $2,000,000
  • Automation of Dormant Pruning of Specialty Crops
    Peter M. Hirst; Avinash C. Kak; Johnny Park
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $3,027,747
  • Structure, Function and Conformational Dynamics of the Ste14p Methyltransferase
    Christine A. Hrycyna; Amy L. Davidson
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,389,326
  • Cyberonics-Technology Development Plan
    Pedro Irazoqui
    from Cyberonics, Inc.
    $1,017,756
  • Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power; Y7-Y10
    Monika Ivantysynova; John H. Lumkes, Jr.; Andrea Vacca
    from National Science Foundation
    $5,008,474
  • Development of Branded Educational Programs to Manage and Mitigate Herbicide Resistant Weeds
    William G. Johnson
    from United Soybean Board
    $1,337,916
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology - Cyber Platform
    Gerhard Klimeck; Victoria A. Farnsworth; Michael J. McLennan; Krishna Madhavan; Lynn K. Zentner; Michael G. Zentner
    from National Science Foundation
    $14,500,000
  • SLEEC: Semantics-rich Libraries for Effective Exascale Computation
    Milind Kulkarni; Samuel P. Midkiff; Vijay S. Pai; Arun Prakash
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,200,000
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology - NEEDS Node
    Mark S. Lundstrom; Muhammad A. Alam; Zhihong Chen; Supriyo Datta; Pedro Irazoqui; Anand Raghunathan; Kaushik Roy; Ali Shakouri
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,575,300
  • Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS)
    Mark S. Lundstrom; Rakesh Agrawal; Muhammad A. Alam; Suresh V. Garimella; Pankaj Sharma
    from National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    $1,274,981
  • Military-Extension Partnership Overall Leadership
    Renee K. McKee; Shelley Macdermid Wadsworth
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $1,363,636
  • Military - Extension Internship Program
    Renee K. McKee
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $1,500,000
  • Community, Family and Youth Extension Program
    Renee K. McKee
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $2,500,000
  • Building a New Partnership: MAIL Extension Services Engage the Afghan Farmer
    Kevin McNamara; Dieudonne Baributsa; Ricky E. Foster
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $2,925,000
  • 200 Million Mobility 2DEGs: Pushing Materials to the Extreme
    Michael James Manfra; Gabor A. Csathy; David R. Johnson; Kevin P. Trumble
    from W.M. Keck, Foundation
    $1,000,000
  • Food Safety, Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR)
    Lisa Mauer; Bruce M. Applegate; Arun K. Bhunia; Joseph M. Irudayaraj; Michael R. Ladisch
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $2,569,590
  • Tissue-dynamics Imaging for Therapeutic Efficacy in Ovarian Cancer
    David D. Nolte; John J. Turek
    from National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    $1,326,289
  • Development of a Point-of-Care Mass Spectrometry Analysis System
    Zheng Ouyang; R. Graham Cooks
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,081,381
  • NEXTRANS - Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Solutions: From Concepts to Deployment
    Srinivas Peeta
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
    $6,897,600
  • Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers
    Linda S. Prokopy; Otto C. Doering; Benjamin M. Gramig; Devdutta S. Niyogi; Xiaohui Carol Song
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $5,000,000
  • The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations
    Julio Alfonso Ramirez; Saurabh Bagchi; Sean Brophy; Shirley Dyke; Rudolf Eigenmann; Barbara Fossum; Thomas J. Hacker; Ayhan Irfanoglu; Santiago Pujol
    from National Science Foundation
    $105,000,000
  • Cancer Center Support Grant – Core
    Timothy L. Ratliff
    from National Cancer Institute
    $6,384,851
  • Engineering Research Center on Structural Organic Composites
    Gintaras V. Reklaitis; James D. Litster; Lynne S. Taylor; Carl R. Wassgren, Jr.
    from National Science Foundation
    $7,592,652
  • Natural Variation and Drought Responses in Maize Inflorescence Development
    Torbert R. Rocheford
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,041,903
  • from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Michael G. Rossmann; Richard J. Kuhn
    Structure and Function of Flaviviruses
    $2,872,037
  • Embedded POWER Optimized Systems Using Near and Super-threshold Computing Fabric (EMPOWER)
    Kaushik Roy
    from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    $1,217,284
  • Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation (UPSIDE)
    Kaushik Roy
    from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    $1,849,940
  • Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN)
    Kaushik Roy; Supriyo Datta; Anand Raghunathan
    from Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp.
    $2,299,200
  • Ultrafast Nonlinear Optical Approaches toward High-Throughput Membrane Protein Nanocrystal Detection
    Garth J. Simpson
    from National Institute of General Medical Science
    $1,111,451
  • Robust and Principled Visual Intelligence
    Jeffrey M. Siskind
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $6,000,000
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
    M. J. T. Smith
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,069,500
  • Physiological Correlates of Stuttering
    Anne Smith; Sharon L. Christ; Donald R. Lynam; Anu Subramanian; Bridget M. Walsh; Christine M. Weber-Fox
    from National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders
    $3,037,382
  • XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
    Xiaohui Carol Song
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,530,000
  • Shock wave energy dissipation (SWED) by mechanochemically-active nanoporous materials
    Alejandro H. Strachan
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $1,220,886
  • Nanomechanics of Src signaling in neuronal growth cones
    Daniel M. Suter
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,041,631
  • Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information, (STC)
    Wojciech Szpankowski; Ruben C. Aguilar; Muhammad A. Alam; Mikhail J. Atallah; Clifton W. Bingham; Supriyo Datta; Ananth Y. Grama; Suresh Jagannathan; Aditya P. Mathur; Jennifer L. Neville; Zygmunt Pizlo; Yuan Qi; Doraiswami Ramkrishna; Vernon J. Rego; Mark D. Ward
    from National Science Foundation
    $25,000,000
  • Protein Aggregation in Amorphous Solids
    Elizabeth M. Topp; Markus A. Lill; Chiwook Park; Fred E. Regnier
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,190,102
  • Developing a Functional Gene Discovery Platform for Sorghum Improvement
    Mitchell R. Tuinstra; Brian Dilkes; Clifford F. Weil
    from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    $1,000,000
  • Heat Stress Resilient Maize for South Asia Through a Public Private Partnership
    Mitchell R. Tuinstra; Gurmukh S. Johal
    from CIMMYT, International, Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
    $1,129,342
  • MCTP: Sophomore Transitions: Bridges into a Statistics Major and Big Data Research + Experience via Learning Communities
    Mark D. Ward; Guang Cheng; Sharon L. Christ; Hyonho Chun; Bruce A. Craig; Rebecca W. Doerge; Bo Li; Frederi G. Viens; Xiao Wang; Jun Xie; Hao Zhang; Lingsong Zhang
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,500,000
  • Integrated Coherent Comb and Line-by-Line Pulse Shaper for RF Photonic Filtering
    Andrew M. Weiner; Minghao Qi
    from Army Armament Munition and Chemical Command
    $5,711,535
  • Driving to Impact: Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
    Steven M. Witz; Kenneth J. Musselman
    from Regenstrief Foundation
    $10,000,000
  • Integrated Management Strategies for Aspergillus and Fusarium Ear Rots of Corn
    Charles P. Woloshuk; Gurmukh S. Johal; Kiersten A. Wise
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $5,349,650
  • DNA Demethylation and Transcriptional Gene Silencing
    Jian-Kang Zhu
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,006,826

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