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2013-2014 Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards

Weldon School faculty, staff, and students were honored with numerous awards during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Faculty Awards

Charlie Babbs was inducted into the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers. He was also presented a certificate of merit as Outstanding Professor in Basic Sciences by the Class of 2014, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Ji-Xin Cheng was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. He was selected as a 2014-2015 Discovery Park Faculty Research Fellow. He won a 2014 SPIE Translational Research Best Paper Award for his paper, "Spectroscopic imaging unveils the essential role of cholesterol accumulation in cancer proliferation."

Jean Chmielewski was inducted into the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers.

Ed Delp won the Morrill Award for excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

Bumsoo Han was named an Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow for Discovery Park.

Pedro Irazoqui was named a Showalter Faculty Scholar, received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, and was elevated to Senior Member status in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

Young Kim won the 2012 BMEGSA Outstanding Faculty Award.

Michael Ladisch was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

James Leary received the Leon Wheeless Innovation in Cytometry Award.

Russell Main was selected as a 2014-2015 Discovery Park Faculty Research Fellow.

Eric Nauman received the A. A. Potter Award and the 2013 Willis A. Tacker Prize for Outstanding Teaching in Biomedical Engineering.

Jorge Ochoa won the 2012 Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer award.

Zheng Ouyang was selected to be a 2014 University Faculty Scholar. He has also been selected by the College of Engineering to receive a 2014-2015 PRF International Travel Grant.

J. Paul Robinson received the Membership Award from the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry, ISAC.

Lia Stanciu was named a University Faculty Scholar.

Thomas Talavage won the 2012 Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Faculty Service Award.

David Umulis was inducted into the Purdue University Teaching Academy.

Yoon Yeo was named a University Faculty Scholar.

Staff Awards

Amanda Dalton was awarded the 2012 BMEGSA Outstanding Staff Award.

Kristin Gikas and the team of Marcia Pool and Allison Sieving were awarded the 2012 Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Staff Service Award.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Terri Bong was a 2013-2014 Haselby Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Award winner.

Anna Filley was a 2013-2014 Haselby Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Award winner. She was also awarded a 2014 Mortar Board Graduate Fellowship.

Charlotte Hoo, along with her Purdue teammates, earned a gold medal at the North American International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. The iGEM is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Teams are given a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their school over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build a biological system.

Alex Kokini was awarded a 2014 Mortar Board Graduate Fellowship.

Alexa Malaspino received the 2014 David and Stephen Grubbs Fellowship for Summer Undergraduate Research.

Sean McDowell received Purdue’s 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to $7500 toward tuition, fees, room and board. It was established by Congress in 1986 to promote highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Ronit Patnaik was awarded a 2014 Mortar Board Graduate Fellowship.

Alexa Yrineo and Amelia Jackson split the 2014 David and Stephen Grubbs Fellowship for Summer Undergraduate Research.

The following students won the best senior design project for the 2013-2014 academic year: Phelan Bybee, Daniel Coats (ECE), Anna Filley, and Joel Sampson.

Graduate Student Awards

Kevin Blum received the Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.  The Chappelle Fellowship is a highly competitive and prestigious award which encourages Purdue alumni to pursue graduate research at Purdue.

Max Hammond received the 2013 Fearnot Prize.

Rucha Joshi earned first prize in the BMEGSA Research Symposium poster session competition.  She also won the Graduate Division's "Most Entertaining Pitch Award," in Purdue's 8th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition.

Roy Lycke and Désirée White-Schenk earned second place in the BMEGSA Research Symposium poster session competition. 

Matt McDermott received the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon award for outstanding teaching assistants and instructors.

Tyler Novak received the Outstanding Service Scholarship, which is awarded to one graduate student in each school of the College of Engineering who has provided outstanding service to the graduate student community, the School, the College, and/or the University.

C.W. Peak received the Teaching Academy 2013-2014 Graduate Teaching Award.

Keith Rennier received a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic  year. The fellowship provides support for outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion.

Yue Ren received the Joe Bourland Graduate Student Travel Award and will use the award toward travel to the 62nd American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Baltimore, MD.

Joyatee Sarker was selected as a member of the U.S. delegation to attend the 64th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates dedicated to medicine/physiology in Germany the summer of 2014. Since 1951, Nobel Prize winners and students in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine have met annually in Lindau, Germany. Formal lectures are held and students meet informally with the Nobel Laureate scientists as well as with their fellow students from around the world. Only the 600 most qualified young researchers are given the opportunity to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Joyatee also was a recipient of the Joe Bourland Graduate Student Travel Award and will use the award toward travel to this event. In addition, she was awarded an Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Predoctoral Award. The award, which is based predominantly on merit, provides one year of funding for 2014-15.

Melissa Tully received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship from the Purdue University Graduate School.

Pengfei Wang received the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon award for outstanding teaching assistants and instructors.

Ping Wang received the 2012-2013 Geddes-Laufman-Greatbatch Award.

Pu Wang received the Outstanding Student Research Award, which recognizes excellence in graduate student research.

Pu Wang and the Vibronix team earned second place in Purdue's 27th annual Burton Morgan Business Plan Competition. They also captured the Licensing Executives Society's Global Award for Vibronix in the LES Foundation International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition in March in New York. The Foundation presented the $5,000 LES International Global Award to Vibronix, Inc. The LESI Global Award is presented annually to the team whose plan best deals with IP rights and their use in the global business environment. Vibronix, Inc. aims to provide advanced imaging solutions for disease diagnostic, treatment guidance, and therapeutics development. The team’s first technology product is the intravascular photoacoustic (IVPA) system, a catheter-based intravascular sensor that can predict the risk of a heart attack with more precision than any other device on the market.