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Technical Assistance Program gets new director

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program has a new director.

Robert A. Greenkorn, special assistant for federal relations to Purdue President Steven C. Beering, succeeds Ferdinand T. Leimkuhler, director since 1993, who plans to take early partial retirement.

"Ferdinand Leimkuhler has carried on the tradition of splendid leadership for the Technical Assistance Program," said Richard J. Schwartz, dean of the Schools of Engineering. "He deserves much credit for TAP's continued high reputation. TAP is respected by business, industry and government organizations throughout the state and across the country."

Greenkorn, who proposed the original idea for TAP in 1985, also is the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering; vice president for special programs of the Purdue Research Foundation; and research coordinator for the Indiana Pollution Prevention and Safe Materials Institute at Purdue. He also will continue in his federal relations role.

Greenkorn received his bachelor of science degree in 1954, his master of science in 1955 and his doctorate in 1957, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1965 and has held a number of administrative positions at all levels of the university, including vice president for research; dean of the Graduate School; assistant and associate dean of the Schools of Engineering; and head of the School of Chemical Engineering.

"Bob Greenkorn will be an outstanding director who will carry on TAP's excellent tradition," Schwartz said. "He has a reputation as an excellent teacher, researcher and administrator, and he brings to the job a wealth of technical expertise and many close contacts with businesses and industries in Indiana."

Administered by the Schools of Engineering, the Technical Assistance Program helps Indiana businesses, industries and government institutions implement new and advanced technologies. By directly applying Purdue's broad technical expertise, the program helps small- and medium-sized companies solve technical problems, adopt new technologies and become more competitive.


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