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February 14, 2003

Purdue Board of Trustees recognizes 3 professors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Board of Trustees honored three faculty today (Friday, 2/14).

Charalambos (Roko) Aliprantis (pronounced al-a-PRAN-tis) was named the Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Krannert School of Management. Osman Basaran, of the School of Chemical Engineering, has been appointed the Reilly Professor of Fluid Mechanics, and Dan E. Schendel, also of the Krannert School, was honored as the Blake Family Endowed Chair in Strategic Management.

"These three professors are pioneers in their fields - management and engineering," said Provost Sally Frost Mason. "These designations help ensure that the university will continue to benefit from their research and teaching into the future."

Aliprantis' research areas include economic theory, game theory, mathematical economics, functional analysis and operator theory. He has been at Purdue since 1998. Prior to that he held positions at the University of Paris, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Cornell University and the University of Athens in Greece.

He has published 10 books and three conference proceedings in economics and mathematics. One of his economics books was translated into Russian and is the basic book used for advanced general equilibrium courses in many Russian universities. Aliprantis has published more than 70 research papers in economics and mathematics. He also is the editor-in-chief for the research journal Economic Theory.

In 1968, Aliprantis earned his undergraduate diploma in mathematics at University of Athens in Greece. He received his master's degree and doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1971 and 1973, respectively.

Basaran's research interests are drop and bubble dynamics, fluid mechanics, electrohydrodynamics micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), ink-jet printing, biochips and bioanlytical devices. He holds nine patents and has 65 refereed publications in academic journals.

Before joining Purdue in 1995, Basaran was a group leader and senior development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He also was an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee.

In 1994 Basaran received the Research and Development Accomplishment Award from Martin Marietta Energy Systems, and the following year he received the Exxon Education Foundation Award.

Basaran received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1984. In 1978 he earned his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schendel is a recognized pioneer in strategic management. His research interests include global strategy and international competition, strategic planning systems design and implementation, business strategy across the product life cycle, and organization structure and strategy. He also has done work on turnaround and genetic strategies, strategic groups and planning systems.

Schendel is editor-in-chief and founder of the Strategic Management Journal, which, when begun 24 years ago, was the first journal in the area of strategic management. He also founded and currently serves as the executive director of the Strategic Management Society at Purdue. There are almost 2,500 members of this professional society from about 50 countries.

In 1997 Schendel helped initiate the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration in Hanover, Germany. He serves as the current dean. During the 1980s, he served four years as the founding director of the Krannert School's Executive Education Program.

Before joining Purdue's faculty, Schendel was a management consultant with what was formerly known as Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif. He also has taught and consulted in Africa, Australia and Europe. His consulting assignments were for firms such as Allen-Bradley, Du Pont, Farmbank Credit System, General Motors Corp., Hershey Foods Corp. and United Airlines Inc.

He earned his doctorate from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1963. He received his MBA from Ohio State University in 1959 and his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1956.

The new appointments bring the number of distinguished professorships to 55 and named professors to 31. In addition to the honorary title, these professors generally receive additional financial support to help them expand their efforts at Purdue.

The Blake professorship is named for Norman P. Blake Jr., a Purdue alumnus who is a former secretary-general of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He is currently director of Owens Corning Co., the company that invented glass fiber (Fiberglas). Blake earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue in 1965 and 1966, respectively. Purdue presented him with an honorary doctorate in economics in 1995.

The Reilly professorship is named for Vincent P. Reilly, a 1922 engineering alumnus who bequeathed approximately $4.5 million to Purdue to be used to promote excellence in engineering education. Reilly is the founder of the Illinois Gear and Machine Co. He died in August 1969.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Publication-quality photographs of Charalambos Aliprantis, Osman Basaran and Dan E. Schendel are available at, and

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Sources: Sally Frost Mason, (765) 494-9709,
Charalambos (Roko) Aliprantis, (765) 494-4404,
Osman Basaran, (765) 494-4061,
Dan Schendel, (765) 494-4386,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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