November 2003 Newsletter
FROM THE DEAN
In earlier issues of this e-letter, Ive written about the development of Purdue Engineerings strategic plan and the accompanying development of signature areas for the Schools of Engineering. These multidisciplinary areas of excellence give us the opportunity to address national priorities to establish international leadership in education and research over the next five years.
As a university, we know were at our best when were seeking input from the widest range of perspectives. Through the signature areas, researchers within the Schools of Engineering are stepping outside their comfort zones to work with experts across campus and industry. These areaseight in allinclude Global Sustainable Industrial Systems; Advanced Materials and Manufacturing; System of Systems; Information, Communications, and Perception Technologies; Renewable Energy and Power; Intelligent Infrastructure Systems; Nanophotonics; and Tissue and Cellular Engineering.
In this issue, well begin a monthly column that introduces you to each of the signature areas in turn, starting with Global Sustainable Industrial Systems. I hope that youll become excited, as we are, about the impact that Purdue Engineering will have as we move forward with these key strategic endeavors.
Also in this issue we note a number of exciting developments related to our capital campaign (see Bowen Lab Dedicated October 3 and Major Gifts Announced). Your investment in Purdue engineering makes a difference, and these kinds of developments show it.
Lastly, we note the recipients of the Engineering Alumni Association Service Awardscommitted and loyal alumni who have worked hard and effectively in support of Purdue Engineering. Our alumni provide the crucial edge we need in order to succeed, and we continue to be profoundly grateful for your interest, your engagement, and your support.
Linda P.B. Katehi
Signature Area Feature
Global Sustainable Industrial Systems
Our Global Sustainable Industrial Systems (GSIS) signature area looks at the ecological impact of everything that keeps industrialized nations running. We know that the use of fossil energy, the production of food, the acquisition of raw materials, and the human transformation of about 25 percent of the earths land surface have global consequences. By developing eco-friendly products, assessing and monitoring their environmental impact, and getting businesses to consider global ecological consequences, Purdue Engineering expects the GSIS signature area to contribute to a secure and prosperous future. GSIS encompasses three sub-areas:
- Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing Systems, which has its base in the Sustainable Systems Engineering Laboratory. This multidisciplinary teams research may significantly increase plastics-to-plastics recycling.
- Ecosystems Monitoring, Modeling, and Assessment (EMMA), which integrates ideas from the subarea above with engineered environments and managed ecosystems. The monitoring, assessment, modeling, and management are tasks fraught with considerable uncertainty and significant difficulties. EMMA adds a new set of constraints to engineering design, development, and processes.
- Policy Architecture and Financial Engineering, which provides a critical link between the institutional control of governments and economic markets and the desired outcome of ecological sustainability.
We have existing, significant GSIS expertise and momentum across industrial engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and agricultural and biological engineering, and a large interdisciplinary group of faculty with expertise in ecological science and engineering spans engineering and the natural and social sciences. We will be seeking new faculty to build the area further.
Bowen Lab Dedicated October 3
We were delighted on Homecoming weekend to celebrate the formal dedication of the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research. The Bowens donated $ 3.25 million toward the new $ 11 million, 50,000+-square-foot facility, which was built with private funding from about 50 donors. (Alumnus Bob Bowen received a civil engineering degree from Purdue in 1962.) The new labwhich will draw top faculty and students from around the countryis a premier facility for research including the following:
- The design and analysis of earthquake-resistant structures
- The design of secure structures and civil infrastructure
- The analysis of the fire- and blast-resistance of structures and materials
- Structural-health monitoring
- Multiple applications of new sensor and nanotechnologies to provide intelligent structural systems
Major Gifts Announced
Weve been fortunate in the Schools of Engineering to receive a number of major gifts from alumni and friends over the past several weeks.
- On September 26, Purdue announced $ 7 million from Roger B. Gatewood (BSME 68) for the School of Mechanical Engineering, $ 5 million from Patrick Wang (BSEE 72, MSEE 72) for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, $ 2.5 million from Donald W. (BSME 56) and Catherine C. Feddersen for the School of Mechanical Engineering, and $ 2 million from William B. (BSEE 75, MSEE 76) and Mary Jane Elmore for the William and Mary Jane Elmore Advanced Wireless Concept Validation Laboratory in the Birck Nanotechnology Center.
- A September 30 announcement featured major gifts to the Schools of Engineering by John (BSME 65) and Nancy Bratt ($ 1,000,000), Robert (BSME 35) and Catherine Romano-Orth ($ 1,000,000), and Herbert A. (BSME 51) and Janice A. Wilson ($ 500,000), which will be used by the School of Mechanical Engineering for such purposes as endowed professorships and facilities expansion and renovation. The late Stanley Welch (BSEE 42) and his surviving spouse, Rosella Welch, pledged a deferred gift in support of scholarships for students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- At an October 4 celebration attended by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Mark Brown, Purdue announced a lead gift of $ 1 million by Kenneth Johnson (BSAE 50) for the $ 46 million Millennium Building, bringing the amount of privately raised funds to $ 6.5 million out of a total of $ 10 million required.
EAA Service Awards Honor Five Exceptional Alumni
The Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) bestowed its 2003 Service Awards at an October 5 ceremony honoring five Boilermakers who have provided exceptional service and loyalty to Purdue engineering, the university, the engineering profession, and the community. Michael J. Birck (BSEE 60, MSEE 62) and William K. Cordier (BSME 49) received the Presidents Lifetime Award. John A. Bratt (BSME 65), Donald E. Knebel (BSEE 68), and Adel A. Zakaria (MSIE 70, PhD 73) received the Service Award.
ECE Scholarship Banquet in conjunction with HKN banquet
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