January 2004 Newsletter

In this issue:


For the second year in a row, Purdue Engineering is participating in National Engineers Week with a focus on Purdue accomplishments and a mix of special events on campus for students, engineering societies, alumni, and corporations.

During the week of February 22, we’ll hear alumnus Mike Eskew (BSIE ’72) and a distinguished panel of experts discuss U.S.-international trade relations. We’ll hear from Purdue engineer David Spencer (BSAAE ’89, MSAAE ’91) about his experiences at JPL with the Mars project. And we’ll take part in the second annual Faculty Awards Banquet (scroll down for a list of winners), where outstanding engineering professors are recognized for their contributions.

For up-to-date information on National Engineers Week at Purdue, check www.ecn.purdue.edu/EAA starting February 13. We’re starting a lasting tradition, and I invite you to come to campus and participate.

Linda P.B. Katehi

Purdue on the Road: Destinations Phoenix and San Francisco

Purdue’s nationwide road trips—“Purdue Days Across America”—continue this month with stops in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 30 and in San Francisco, California, on January 31. For more information, contact events@purdue.edu.

Faculty Awards: 2004 Honorees Named

Awards of Excellence

We're pleased to announce the following recipients of the second annual Awards of Excellence for faculty members. The awards will be presented on Saturday, February 28, at a banquet in the Purdue Memorial Union.

Robert E. Montgomery, associate professor of freshman engineering, will be awarded the Advising Award for excellence in advising and mentoring students.

Marlin U. Thomas, professor of industrial engineering, will be awarded the Engagement/Service Award for excellence in engagement and service.

Robert J. Bernhard, professor and director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories in mechanical engineering, will be awarded the Mentoring Award for excellence in mentoring graduate students, post-doctoral staff, and junior faculty.

C. T. Sun, the Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, will be awarded the Research Award for excellence in faculty research.

Thomas J. Webster, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will be awarded the Young Researcher Award for excellence in faculty research with potential for future preeminence.

The Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) Team will be awarded the Team Award, which recognizes and encourages teamwork and multidisciplinary efforts by faculty and staff. The team includes Beate I. Allert, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures and German chair in the School of Liberal Arts; Dianne L. Atkinson, Ph.D., A/P staff in mechanical engineering; Eckhard A. Groll, associate professor in mechanical engineering; E. Daniel Hirleman, head and professor of mechanical engineering; Wei Hong, associate professor and associate head of foreign languages and literatures in the School of Liberal Arts; Jerry L. Matthews, director of the Office for Industrial Experience in mechanical engineering; and Lisa X. Xu, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Deborah K. Follman, assistant professor, Freshman Engineering, has been awarded the Dean A. A. Potter Award, which honors exemplary undergraduate teaching in all phases of the Schools of Engineering program.

Signature Area Feature
System of Systems

The “system-of-systems” concept describes the large-scale integration of many independent, self-contained systems in order to satisfy a global need. From air traffic control to constellations of satellites, these complex multi-systems are very interdependent. The synthesis of these very large systems often results in different problems than those presented by the design of a single, but complex, system usually addressed by engineers. Examining how these individual systems can be brought together and coordinated as part of a bigger picture provides an exciting new area for research and discovery at Purdue that could have many applications across many disciplines.

While specific problems will require specific expertise, the principal premise here is that common characteristics of all these large, complex problems can lead to general tools and methodologies to support them. Research outside of the Schools of Engineering will draw in experts in game theory and uncertainty. Correspondingly, this new area will be beneficial to schools and departments across campus, including mathematics, economics, and management.


February 7, 2004

Campaign Regional Event – Naples, FL
Time and location TBA

February 13, 2004

Electrical and Computer Engineering on the Road – Indianapolis
Time and location TBA

February 19, 2004

Civil Engineering Annual Alumni Achievement Awards
Five CE alumni will be honored at a banquet held in the Purdue Memorial Union, starting at 6 p.m. All CE alumni and friends invited. Reservations required. More information will be posted on CE's Web site: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/

February 20, 2004

Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumni Awards
Purdue Memorial Union. Reservations required. Call 765-494-5405 for further details.

February 23, 2004

Seminar Speaker
Time and location TBA

February 24, 2004

Purdue Schools of Engineering Lecture Series - Fowler Hall, Stewart Center
Featuring David Spencer (BSAAE '89, MSAAE '91), Deputy Manager Flight Systems, Mission Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Spencer will speak on his experience with the Mars project. 9 a.m.

February 25, 2004

National Engineers Week party - MSEE Atrium
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by, have a piece of cake and a nice hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and celebrate National Engineers Week with us!

February 26, 2004

Engineering Gift Announcements
Time and location TBA

February 27, 2004

U.S./ International Trade Seminar - C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, moderator
Time and location TBA

Contact Us

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