BME Faculty Recipients of College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence

Eric Nauman
Eric Nauman
Tom Talavage
Tom Talavage
Zheng Ouyang
Zheng Ouyang
Three Weldon School faculty members were selected to receive College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence for 2013.

Eric Nauman, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Tom Talavage, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering were members of the Purdue Neurotrauma Group (along with Larry Leverenz, Clinical Professor of Health & Kinesiology) that was selected to receive the Team Award. The Purdue Neurotrauma Group (PNG) identified a previously undiscovered category of neurotrauma, referred to as Diffuse Functional Impairment (DFI), in fall 2010. This work is significant because their results suggest DFI may be an early indicator of the long-term pathological changes associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a plaque formation in the brain indicative of early neurodegeneration. In 2012, PNG added to their findings documentation that concussions – a classical injury that has not been demonstrated to be predictive of CTE – are not a function of high-magnitude hits, but rather the simple consequence of accumulated blows to the head. The team's efforts are an exemplary reflection of Purdue’s commitment to interdisciplinary research that has a direct benefit upon our community.

Zheng Ouyang was selected to receive this year's Early Career Research Award. Professor Ouyang is an extremely creative and productive faculty member within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Since joining the Weldon School in 2007, he has made significant contributions to novel instrumentation development, interdisciplinary center formation on campus, incorporation of design into the Biomedical Engineering curricula, and global research and educational outreach. Professor Ouyang is a pioneer in the design and development of miniature mass spectrometry systems for a wide array of applications. He has had tremendous research impact, especially for this stage of his career.  His laboratory is well funded from a variety of federal and non-federal granting sources.  His publishing record is excellent and consists of several peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals.  He has given numerous invited lectures and received outstanding research awards from his scientific community.

We congratulate our faculty members on their stellar accomplishments!