March 2003 Newsletter

In this issue:


Prayers for the Fallen
As February began, many of us witnessed the terrible tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia—a tragedy that hits close to home because so many of our Purdue alumni, faculty and students are involved in the space program and have invested their careers and minds in making the exploration of this vast unknown possible. Twenty-two of our own have accepted the same personal risk, two of whom were also lost. Our community feels deeply for the families and friends who have lost so much. Yet we also feel tenacious resolve to continue our work to advance our knowledge of space and the technology to explore it. Seven souls; their work and lives have profoundly changed us. Let us not forget or give up.

Linda Katehi

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


Three Engineering Professors Elected AIMBE Fellows
Professors Richard B. Borgens, Edward J. Delp, and Peter C. Doerschuk have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. All will be inducted on February 22, 2003, during AIMBE’s annual meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. AIMBE’s highest honor, membership in its College of Fellows, is granted to only two percent of the individuals active in medical and biological engineering.

Purdue, Rolls-Royce Partnership Produces First U.S.-based UTC
Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce Corp. announced last month that it has formed a University Technology Center (UTC) at Purdue—its first located in the United States. The Purdue, Rolls-Royce alliance, which enables researchers to collaborate on propulsion technologies for future aircraft that may fly as fast as seven times the speed of sound, is similar to 28 European Rolls-Royce partnerships that already exist with European universities and the German Aerospace Research Establishment. The Rolls-Royce UTC located at Purdue’s Zucrow Labs was designed to fit U.S. academic and business practices and sets the standard for the US model. The Rolls-Royce university technology program provides support for product development and more fundamental research, including work to develop jet engines for advanced civilian and military aircraft. Alumnus Norm Egbert, vice president of engineering and technology for Rolls-Royce Corp. has been a real champion in this effort. He says that Purdue was an ideal choice for the center because of its high-quality research facilities, large number of engineering graduates and close proximity to the company's US corporate offices in Indianapolis. For more on this story, read the University News Service's press release.

21st Century Research and Technology Awards
Engineering continues to win big in the competition for Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology fund awards with projects involving Engineering faculty totaling more than .5 million. Only 12 of 100 proposals were funded , and Purdue is a partner in 11 of them. Five are led by Schools of Engineering faculty and another four have Engineering faculty as team members. Governor O’Bannon described the funded proposals as “absolutely outstanding.” The 21st Century program requires each funded project to include an industrial partner. Purdue Engineering’s strong corporate bonds and research expertise make it an ideal teammate. Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship, Jay Gore, notes that these awards support four of the eight recently defined signature areas and were leveraged to attract additional industrial and academic partnerships as well as federal grants.

    Advanced Manufacturing

    Laser-Based Manufacturing; Dr. Yung Shin, Purdue West Lafayette (ME) partnering with Cummins Engine; Rolls Royce; Bioanalytical Systems; Kennametal; Nuvonyx; LSP Technologies and University of Texas – Austin.

    Customer-Supplier Resource Management; Dr. Karthik Ramani, Purdue West Lafayette (ME) partnering with WeToolIt; MaximI/T; Mid-America Plastic; Cirrus ABS; National Tooling Manufacturing Association; Indiana Manufacturers Association; GT Automation; Kirby Risk; Alcoa; Lear Corporation; Caterpillar; Tri-State University; and Vincennes University.

    Highly Integrated Multifunctional Structures; Barton Bennett, Odyssian Technology partnering with Boeing Phantom Works; Diversified Systems; University of Notre Dame; and Purdue West Lafayette (AAE).

    Modeling Blast Furnace Erosion Patterns; Dr. Chenn Zhou, Purdue Calumet partnering with Ispat Inland; U.S. Steel; Argonne National Laboratory; BMT; and Purdue West Lafayette (ME).


    Computational Nanoscience; Dr. Yong Joe, Ball State University partnering with Purdue West Lafayette; University of Notre Dame; Valparaiso University; and Ohio University.

    Nanoelectronics; Dr. Mark Lundstrom, Purdue West Lafayette (ECE) partnering with Northwestern University; Yale University; Cornell University; University of Florida; and University of California - San Diego.


    Membrane Protein Biotechnology; Dr. Gil Lee, Purdue West Lafayette (ChE) partnering with Eli Lilly; Janus Biosystems; and Indiana University.

    Tailored Radiation Treatments; Dr. Mark Langer, IU-PU Indianapolis partnering with Purdue West Lafayette (ChE) and Advanced Process Combinatorics.

    Information Technology

    Wireless Communications and Networking; Dr. James Krogmeier, Purdue West Lafayette (ECE) partnering with Delphi Electronics Systems; Thomson Multimedia; Safety Technologies; ITT Industries; and University of Notre Dame.


Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards and the Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumni Awards were presented in February:

  • R. Vernon Casteel (BSCE ’57), President, Casteel Construction Corporation
  • Michael D. Kerr (BSCE ’60), President & CEO, Hunt Construction Group
  • Dan C. Keys (BSCE ’62), President, Berns Construction Company, Inc.
  • Stanley L. Kirtley (BSCE ’75), Vice President of Marketing, ReSourcing Services Company, LLC
  • Ron Klemencic (BSCE ’85), President, Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, Inc.
  • Grace Y. Lin (MSIE ’85, PhD ’93), Senior Manager, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Martha L. Rees (BSCE ’73), Associate General Counsel, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Kevin R. Scott (BSIE ’82), Senior Vice President, Strategy, Kraft Foods North America
  • Robert E. Swinehart (BSIE ’65), President and COO, Emerson Power Transmission Corporation
  • Stephen P. Wanders (BSCE ‘78, MSCE ’79), Vice President, CH2M Hill, Inc.


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ChE Expansion



Engineers Week was celebrated in a big way with the Rube Goldberg and Math Counts competitions, campaign gift announcements, Boeing keynote Sandra Postel, Cargill Student Leadership panel on diversity, NSBE, SHPE, and SWE awards banquets and job fair, coop and intern fairs--and there is more to come in April! We’ll keep you posted.

6-12Purdue Engineers Week
11Engineering Honors Convocation Reception
12Engineering ENVISION – Springfest activities
12Purdue on the Road, Indianapolis, IN
25Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards
26Engineering Alumni Gala Brunch

9Purdue on the Road, Dearborn, MI
17Engineering Send-off (graduates and families)
17Engineering Graduation
30Purdue on the Road, Ft. Wayne, IN

June 14Purdue Day in Chicago
August 13Purdue at the State Fair

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