December 2002 Newsletter
FROM DEAN KATEHI
In my last message, I mentioned the importance of developing signature areas for the Schools of Engineering at Purdue. These multidisciplinary areas of excellence will present us opportunities to address national priorities and to establish international leadership in education and research over the next five years. After many extensive meetings, we have identified eight distinct signature areas:
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (includes polymers)
Addresses high-strength and high-temperature materials that will enable new generations of advanced technology in aerospace, automobiles, electronics, displays, lighting, and other areas.
Global Sustainable Industrial Systems
Links industrial and traditional ecology for better management of the flows of materials and energy for sustainable utilization of both renewable and nonrenewable resources
Information, Communications, and Perception Technologies
Includes thrusts in dependable computing, wireless systems and applications, human-computer interaction, perception-based engineering, and synthetic engineering environments
Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (integrating sensors with computer controls)
Includes thrusts in intelligent controlled environmental systems, intelligent structural systems, and transportation/logistics systems
Nanotechnologies and NanoPhotonics
Addresses the development of devices and systems at the nanoscale (~1-100 nanometers, or billionths of a meter) and the integration of photonicsthe interfacing of optics and electronicsinto nanodevices and nanosystems
Renewable Energy and Power Systems
Addresses long-term solutions to the nations energy problems, including a focus on nuclear energy, hydrogen, and biologically based fuels
System of Systems
Addresses the analysis and synthesis of very large systems composed of several independent, self-contained subsystems brought together to satisfy a global need (e.g., air traffic management)
Tissue and Cellular Engineering
Addresses the development of medical diagnostic and therapeutic systems relying on novel tissues and sensors that interface with the body at the molecular and cellular scales
As our faculty produce breakthroughs
in these high-impact areas, we will better the lives of people in our nation and around the world. At the same time, we will advance toward our strategic goal of preeminence for the Schools of Engineering and the University. I look forward to reporting to you on our progress.
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SUN BOWL PARTIES
The Purdue Alumni Association is sponsoring a special welcome celebration (December 29) and tailgate party (December 31) for fans at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. To buy tickets, call 888-471-3037 or go here. Deadline to reserve tickets: December 23, 5 p.m.
PURDUE DAYS ACROSS AMERICA
Purdues nationwide road tripsPurdue Days Across Americacontinue. Save the date for the January 17 reception at Tucson, Arizona, followed by a January 18 reception at Phoenix, Arizona. On February 1, Purdue travels to Dallas, Texasthen arrives at Naples, Florida, on February 8. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING ALUMNI CONVOCATION SET FOR APRIL 25, 2003
The 39th annual Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation is set for Friday, April 25, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in Eliza Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. The convocation, held during Gala Week, honors graduates of the Schools of Engineering for outstanding achievements in professional and related fields of endeavor.
|29||Sun Bowl Welcome Celebration, El Paso, Texas|
|31||Sun Bowl Tailgate Party and Game, El Paso, Texas|
|1||Happy New Year!|
|17||Tucson Purdue Days Across America (email@example.com)|
|18||Phoenix Purdue Days Across America (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|1||Dallas Purdue Days Across America (email@example.com)|
|8||Naples Purdue Days Across America (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|15-16||SWE, NSBE, SHPE Awards Banquets and Career Fair|
|17-19||Co-op Days (Co-op office: 765-494-7430)|
|20||Civil Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet (email@example.com)|
|25||Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation|
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