The Seventh annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence took place on Saturday April 25, 2009 at the Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN.
Prof. James Longuski, professor of aeronautics and astronautics was honored with the College of Engineering wide - Best of Engineering Teaching Award, the Dean A. A. Potter Award.
For a teacher, there is perhaps no greater compliment than one received from a student. This year Jim Longuski has been recognized as the best of the best of those engineering professors—as voted on by his students.
Longuski has long brought real-world examples and experience to the classroom. He draws heavily on his nine years of experience working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Project Galileo’s mission to Jupiter, and has challenged his students to design robotic missions to Europa (an icy moon of Jupiter), as well as human missions to Mars. His book, Advice to Rocket Scientists, provides plainspoken language that helps prepare students to develop leadership skills, work better in teams, and to communicate more effectively. Longuski’s accessibility, in both formal and informal settings, allows students to seek his advice on both their studies and career opportunities. This award is representative of their appreciation.
Prof. Alina Alexeenko, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics is part of the award winning PRISM Team: Jayathi Y. Murthy/ME, Alina Alexeenko/AAE, Anil K. Bajaj/ME, Martin M. Hunt/Rosen Center, Marisol Koslowski/ME, Sanjay R. Mathur/ME, Dimitrios Peroulis/ECE, Arvind Raman/ME, Alejandro H. Strachan/MSE (nominated by Suresh V. Garimella). The Team Excellence award is to recognize and encourage teamwork or multidisciplinary efforts by faculty and staff in the College of Engineering.
PRISM is the Purdue University center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems, http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/prism/
. Its mission is to improve the long-term reliability of micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS. Prof. Alexeenko's group in AAE has developed fast computational algorithms and solvers that allow to study the unusual aerodynamics in micron-sized MEMS devices. The PRISM researchers apply such simulations to understand the reasons MEMS fail and how to improve their long-term performance. This will greatly expand their use in a wide variety of consumer and military applications.