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April 12, 2002

Trustees ratify faculty appointments to named professorships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, 4/12) appointed three faculty to named professorships.

The board also approved a proposal for Purdue Calumet to separate the Schools of Professional Programs into three schools: education, management and nursing.

Prabuddha De

Prabuddha De, who will join the Krannert School of Management faculty in the fall as a tenured full professor of management, will be the Accenture Professor of Information Technology. Leah H. Jamieson, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was appointed the Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Werner Soedel, a professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed the Herrick Professor of Engineering.

"Endowed faculty positions, such as these, are important in Purdue's reaching the next level of academic excellence," said Purdue Provost Sally Frost Mason. "The interest, dividends and earnings of these gifts, given by alumni and friends, provide funding for professors to advance their work."

De, who currently holds the Sherman-Standard Register Chair in Management Information Systems at the University of Dayton, was previously on the faculty of Ohio State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Calcutta, his master's degree in computer science from Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1979.

De has published more than 50 articles in scholarly journals, received research funding from the National Science Foundation and a number of corporations, and serves on the advisory boards or editorial boards of six scholarly journals in his area. He also has played key roles in major academic organizations and conferences. His research involves database systems, human factors, software engineering, e-business and a number of other computer-related areas.

Leah H. Jamieson

Jamieson, who joined the Purdue faculty in 1976, is co-director of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), which she co-founded. Under the EPICs program, undergraduate students earn academic credit for projects that solve engineering- and technology-based problems for community service and education organizations. Founded at Purdue, EPICS programs are now operating at eight universities in the United States.

Jamieson specializes in parallel algorithms and speech recognition and has published more than 150 journal and conference papers and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1972 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, two master's degrees and a doctoral degree, all from Princeton University.

Werner Soedel

Soedel, a native of Czechoslovakia of German nationality, earned master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Staatliche Ingenieur Schule Frankfurt in Germany and also attended General Motors Institute for two years.

He had worked for Adam Opel AG and General Motors Corp. for six years before joining Purdue as a faculty member in 1967. Soedel is an internationally recognized scholar whose research focuses on the development and transfer of engineering science to compressor technology applied to refrigeration, air-conditioning and related fields. His work has resulted in more than 100 refereed journal publications and about 120 refereed conference proceedings and papers. He has been the North American editor and the Americas editor for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, the world's premier journal for research in sound and vibration.

Purdue now has 52 distinguished professors and 24 named professors.

In other business, the trustees approved a proposal for Purdue Calumet to separate the Schools of Professional Programs into three schools.

The proposal reorganizing Purdue Calumet's professional programs will improve accountability with accrediting organizations, will decrease costs by eliminating an administrative position and will put education, management and nursing on a par with benchmark programs, which are predominantly separate academic structures.

Writer: J.M. Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Sally Frost Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Prubuddha De,

Leah H. Jamieson, (765) 494-3653,

Werner Soedel, (765) 494-8613,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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