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College of Science welcomes 16 new Outstanding Alumni


On Oct. 11, 16 new members of the College of Science Outstanding Alumni were added to the ranks during a reception held at Lawson Computer Science Building.

All departments were represented. The 16 graduated as far back as the 1950s and as recently as 10 years ago.

Meet the College of Science’s newest Outstanding Alumni:

  • Representing the Department of Computer Science, Helen Bauer enjoyed an almost 30-year career in global telecommunications, system verification and software development, among other pursuits, with Lucent Technologies, AT&T Network Systems and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
  • After receiving his degree from us in 2000, Brian Carteaux forged a strong career as an actuary, mainly with the North American office of Swiss Re Life & Health. In July, he was promoted to senior vice president. While establishing himself in the field, Mr. Carteaux was became a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and he received a fellowship from the Society of Actuaries.
  • Currently vice president of CRI Catalyst Company, a fully owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, Alan A. Del Paggio has made a tremendous career for himself at Shell, starting as a catalytic chemist before quickly climbing that ladder of success. However, he still finds himself in labs, just like he did as a Purdue Chemistry student. Since earning his undergraduate degree from the College of Science, Dr. Del Paggio has gone on to earn a fellowship from the National Science Foundation, multiple patents, and numerous corporate awards and honors.
  • Dr. Pamela J. Fraker earned her Purdue degree in Biology and soon after entered the field of nutrition and investigating the impact of obesity and metabolic diseases. She established herself in the academic world with professorships – first at the University of Michigan and then at Michigan State, where she became a distinguished professor in Food Science and Nutrition.
  • Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is the science advisor for “Falling Skies” on TNT and “Defiance” on the SyFy Channel. He also worked on the current, critically acclaimed box office smash “Gravity,” which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. While he may be a behind the scenes guy on a television or movie set, he is a point of pride for the Department of Computer Science, where he earned an undergraduate degree.
  • Cynthia Hampton, a graduate from Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, is the mission operations manager for the Joint Program Satellite System program. 
  • Dr. Kara Hoffman was one of many products of the Purdue Department of Physics to have experience at CERN, the setting for the recent Higgs boson discovery. She received her PhD from Purdue and took her experience to Geneva to work on the OPAL experiment at the Large Electron Positron Collider. Now back in the United States, Dr. Hoffman is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Maryland.
  • Dr. Tim Kelley first stepped on Purdue campus 40 years ago. By the time he left in 1976 he had his PhD in Mathematics and a wedding to plan with his then fiancée now wife, Chung-Wei Ng, who he met on campus. For decades, Dr. Kelly has taught Mathematics at North Carolina State University and continued his research in the design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for nonlinear equations and optimization.
  • Dr. Anthony R. Lupo earned his masters degree and PhD from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences in the 1990s, focusing his research on large-scale atmospheric dynamics, climate dynamics and climate change. He has already been published 72 times while educating the next generation of atmospheric scientists as a professor and departmental chairman at the University of Missouri.
  • Dr. Marilyn Miller received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Purdue. Today, she is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and one of the most renowned women in the history of ophthalmology, the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.
  • Also representing Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Jay P. Mitchell’s master’s degree in Geophysics doubled as a ticket to travel the world. Soon after his departure from West Lafayette, Mr. Mitchell started his career with Tenneco Oil as a geophysicist on projects in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, and later, he was sent to the Middle East as part of a British Gas and Transworld Oil team. These days, Mr. Mitchell is director of Oil and Gas with CSG Investments, Inc., the capital market’s advisor to Beal Financial Corporation, headquartered in Dallas.
  • Dr. John Monnier probably had his eyes to the stars before his time as an undergrad in the Purdue Department of Physics but his time here helped mold him to go on to receive a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Fellowship, where he led an effort to observe planet-forming disks around young stars using the technique of optical interferometry. Today, Dr. Monnier began a faculty job at the University of Michigan Astronomy Department, where he continues to build optical and infrared instruments.
  • Dr. Peter Mueller created a statistics group that breaks down departmental walls and slashes through the schools’ red tape at the University of Texas. He is also in the startup business. Dr. Mueller is spearheading a new PhD program and a new Department of Statistics overall in Austin. His expertise in bold Statistics work was honed during his years at Purdue when he earned his masters and PhD.
  • After receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology at Purdue, Dr. James Nardi went on to receive a PhD from Harvard. He returned to his native Illinois and became a research scientist at the University of illinois School of Intergrative Biology, where he has been for almost 40 years.
  • Dr. Jeff Trop is a geoscientist with research interests that include the geologic records of tectonic processes that shape continents and alpine landforms resulting from deglaciation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Geology Department at Bucknell University. Dr. Trop’s teaching and research focus on providing all undergraduates a deeper understanding of geoscience. He received his masters and PhD in Geology from Purdue’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
  • Dr. Vicki Hopper Wysocki is a professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar of Macromolecular Structure and Function at the Ohio State University whose research interests include development of new instrumentation for mass spectrometry of protein complexes, fragmentation mechanisms of peptides and proteomics biomarker identification for development of disease diagnostics, just to name a few. She earned her doctorate in chemistry at Purdue under the close supervision of Prof. Graham Cooks, who was honored just a few weeks ago for his legendary work in mass spectrometry by the Dreyfus Foundation from New York.

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