July 2003 Newsletter

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It's a pleasure this month to spotlight a few of the many prestigious awards that our faculty members have recently received. One of the chief joys of being part of Purdue University is the intellectual energy that abounds here. Our faculty members are actively pursuing new ideas in learning, discovery, and engagement, and they're putting them into place across the Schools of Engineering. Awards like the ones you'll read about below are a vital recognition of these innovations.

Why? Because our public, our colleagues, and, most important, our students need to see the superior caliber of achievement that characterizes the Purdue engineering faculty. Our vision for Purdue engineering--the vision of attaining preeminence--rests on our ability to become a birthplace of ideas. Cutting-edge educational programs and field-defining research spring from our faculty. Our students' minds blossom under the guidance of faculty members who push the state of the art in technology and bring that experience into the classroom. And those students go on to become the creative, productive engineers that our country will rely on so acutely. The capacity for innovation will indeed become Purdue engineering's competitive advantage and, more broadly, our country's competitive advantage in this global marketplace.

Below, three faculty members who are building Purdue as a birthplace of ideas:

Jennifer Curtis

JENNIFER CURTIS, associate dean of undergraduate education, received the 2003 Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education. A chemical engineering professor, she initiated an innovative graduate course in particle technology that is now a model for similar courses around the country. While head of the Department of Freshman Engineering, she implemented recruiting and retaining initiatives that saw the turnaround of a 10-year decline in the enrollment of women and minorities.

Michael Ladisch

MICHAEL LADISCH, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, has been elected Second Vice Chair and NRC Liaison for the Bioengineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering. His expertise is in bioseparations, chemical and biochemical reactor design and kinetics, and biomass conversion. Recent research has focused on biochips for detecting pathogens and the development of renewable fuels.

Vladimir Shalaev

VLADIMIR SHALAEV, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. His research includes studies on nanophotonics and the optical characterization of nanomaterials, including studies on how plasmonic nanomaterials can be used for photonic nanocircuits.

We congratulate all our faculty members who have received awards over the past few months, and I look forward to sharing with you more such news as our faculty members continue on our shared path to preeminence.

Linda P.B. Katehi
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


Join Purdue alumni and friends at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 13, with famous Purdue alumni and Discover Purdue booths and activities! Highlights include:

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
University displays
Purdue tents, Main Street

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Indiana 2016: Expo Hall
Visit a tidal pool with live sea animals, watch the Rube Goldberg winner crush a can every hour, take pictures in an astronaut-themed cut-out, and get in touch with nanotechnology in an atom demonstration.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Purdue meet-and-greet tent
Purdue tents, Main Street
Come by and meet famous alumni and friends of Purdue, including astronaut Mark Brown at 4 p.m.

10 a.m.
Farmers Day Parade
Marsh Grandstand
Boilermaker Special, PMO group to perform!

2 to 4 p.m.
Boilermaker Special rides
Catch the Purdue train as it gives rides around the fairgrounds.

5:30 p.m.
Purdue alumni and friends dinner
Hospitality tents


Boilermaker Special
Take a Ride!

Come back to campus for Homecoming 2003 and see the Boilermakers battle the Fighting Illini. You'll also be able to see for yourself our progress on the Engineering Master Facilities Plan: the Chemical Engineering addition is rising, and so is the Bowen Civil Engineering High-Performance Lab.

Homecoming events:

Friday, October 3
7 p.m. - Night Train Homecoming Parade
8 p.m. - Pep rally, Slayter Hill

Saturday, October 4
Entertainment and displays: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
March to stadium: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.


August 13Purdue at the State Fair (Indianapolis)
September 26Dean's Club Luncheon
October 5EAA Service Awards
October 10Purdue alumni reception at SWE National Convention (Birmingham, AL)

Purdue Days in 2004

  • Houston, Texas: January 17, 2004
  • Phoenix, Arizona: January 30, 2004
  • San Francisco, California: January 31, 2004
  • Naples, Florida: February 7, 2004
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: March 13, 2004
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: April 23, 2004
  • Washington, DC: April 24, 2004
  • Boston, Massachusetts: April 30, 2004
  • New York, New York: May 1, 2004
  • Chicago, Illinois: July 2004 (TBD)

Contact Us

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