Two CoS faculty receive high honors


On Dec. 11, two College of Science faculty members received significant national awards.

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Prof. Ken Ridgway received the Geological Society of America's 2012 Bromery Award. The award recognizes minority professionals "who have made significant contributions to research in the geological sciences or those who have been instrumental in opening the geosciences field to other minorities." Ridgway is a member of the Lenape (Delaware) Nation.

Computer Science Prof. Ahmed Elmagarmid became Purdue's newest representative in the Association of Computing Machinery. ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. Elmagarmid was named an ACM distinguished scientist in 2009. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Prof. Ahmed Elmagarmid

Prof. Ahmed Elmagarmid


Elmagarmid is the director of the Indiana Center for Database Systems and the Cyber Center in Discovery Park. He received a Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation, and distinguished alumni awards from Ohio State University and the University of Dayton in 1993 and 1995, respectively.

Professor Elmagarmid's research interests focus ranges on a large spectrum of foundational and application-oriented database research. He has done work in video databases, data quality and confidentiality, data integration, web service, bioinformatics and multidatabase systems. Professor Elmagarmid has written six books and more than 150 papers. He has several active grants from state and federal government agencies and the industry.

Also picking up an ACM fellowship is former Purdue CS Prof. Walter Tichy, who taught in the department for several years.

Earlier in 2012, current CS faculty members Tony Hosking and Ninghui Li were named ACM distinguished scientists.

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