HATS OFF TO AWARD WINNERS

JULY-AUGUST 2019 |

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships congratulates the following people for their recent awards, honors and achievements.

Julie Liu

Julie Liu

Julie Liu, an associate professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, has been selected as a 2019-20 Fellow in Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science program. ELATES is a unique professional leadership program, designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields, preparing them to assume institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.

Zubin Jacob

Zubin Jacob

Zubin Jacob, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Jacob’s research is in the area of thermal light sources, with the goal of designing new sources of thermal radiation that leverage quantum behavior of molecules even in the presence of heat. His research group plans to experimentally demonstrate such a new source of radiation in the short term.

Gerhard Klimeck

Gerhard Klimeck

Gerhard Klimeck, whose work is opening research avenues for scientists the world over, was honored in June with the prestigious Humboldt Research Award at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany. Attending the ceremonies were Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Rebecca Kramer

Rebecca Kramer

Rebecca Kramer, an adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was among five Hoosier scientists honored at the White House in July as recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to researchers starting their independent careers who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Read more.

Sandy San-Miguel

Sandy San-Miguel

Dr. Sandra San Miguel, associate dean for engagement in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received an Outstanding Public Service award in June at Multiplying Good’s Jefferson Awards Gala. San Miguel was honored for the creation of an after-school program named This is How We “Role,”  which shows grade school children what veterinary medicine is like to inspire their interest in sciences. The program was developed in conjunction with a longstanding relationship between Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Hanna Community Center in Lafayette, Indiana.

Kevin Solomon

Kevin Solomon

Kevin Solomon, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has received a $750,000, five-year Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project, “Genetic Tools to Optimize Lignocellulose Conversion in Anaerobic Fungi and Interrogate their Genomes.” Solomon aims to use CRISPR Cas9 gene-editing technologies and other approaches to modify fungi from the fecal matter of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and horse in order to create fuel or medicines in a one-step process.

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

Loran Carleton Parker

Loran Carleton Parker

Anne Bessenbacher

Anne Bessenbacher

A team of three Purdue researchers is among the seven fellowship teams selected for the first class of the Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE) Fellows. Team members are Michael Witt, associate professor of library science, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies; Loran Carleton Parker, associate director and senior evaluation and research associate, Evaluation Learning Research Center (ELRC), College of Education; and Ann Bessenbacher, research associate and data scientist (ELRC), STEMEd HUB. They were chosen for their project, “Utilizing Data Citation for Aggregating, Contextualizing, and Engaging with Research Data in STEM Education Research.”