May 2009

Search Begins for Endowed Professorship at Weldon
The Weldon School begins a search for a preeminent scholar for the newly endowed Leslie A. Geddes Professorship in Biomedical Engineering.

The Leslie A. Geddes Professorship in Biomedical Engineering

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University


Established through the vision and generosity of the Cook Group, Inc., the Leslie A. Geddes Professorship is designed for a preeminent scholar who is internationally recognized for scientific research and education impact in the broad field of biomedical engineering. The Leslie A. Geddes Professor will be expected to lead a world-class research program and foster and direct interdisciplinary initiatives that integrate engineering and the life sciences. Candidates for the professorship should possess a clear vision of emerging research and educational opportunities in biomedical engineering and be innovative in creating programs for Purdue’s new and rapidly growing Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. The Leslie A. Geddes Professor will not only develop and implement a research program but also will guide the education of a new generation of biomedical engineers.


Applicants should provide a detailed resume of experience and qualifications, and a list of five professional references. In addition, each application should include a one to two-page description of the candidate’s vision for the future of biomedical engineering and the role that his or her contributions as the Leslie A. Geddes Professor will play in shaping that future. Candidates must have a doctoral degree. Applications by women and individuals in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. Application materials should be submitted to: Professor Kinam Park, Leslie A. Geddes Professorship Search Committee, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, 206 S. Intramural Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2032. Screening of candidates will begin March 1, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

 Originally posted: February 2009



Delp Receives IEEE Signal Processing Society Award
Professor Edward J. Delp has received the Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The highest award given by the Society, it honors outstanding technical contributions to the field combined with outstanding leadership. Professor Delp was awarded "for technical contributions to the areas of multimedia security and image and video coding" and will be presented during the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in April. Congratulations to Professor Delp on this significant honor.
Purdue Team Fields Technology to Detect Trace Contaminants in Milk/Food Products
Last year's contamination of milk and milk products in China has led Purdue researchers to develop a rapid test that can detect melamine and other contaminants quickly and easily. Professor R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass distinguished professor of chemistry, Professor Zheng Ouyang of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and Guangming Huang, a postdoctoral research associate, made use of ongoing research to develop a miniature mass spectrometer system that can be used to perform tests without pretreatment and other elaborate preparations.


Biomedical Engineering Professors Part of New Breast Cancer Research Group
Ji-Xin Cheng
Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng in his lab
Professors Ji-Xin Cheng and James Leary have been selected as part of a core group of 10 top cancer researchers that are the core of a new breast cancer research group established by the Purdue Cancer Center. The group's mission is to increase knowledge to help prevent breast cancer, develop better early-detection techniques and improve treatment methods.


As always, we welcome you to campus as we continue to advance both higher education and the medical device and biotechnology fields. If you are interested in learning more about the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, please contact Julia Colby, our Manager of Development Operations, at We would like to learn about you, answer your questions, and schedule a visit.