October 2002 Newsletter

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These are busy---and exciting---times at Purdue and within the Schools of Engineering. On September 30 I had the pleasure of addressing the members of the University's Teaching Academy and congratulating the newest inductees, three of whom were from Engineering: R. Neal Houze, professor of chemical engineering; William Oakes, assistant professor of freshman engineering; and Elliott Slamovich, associate professor of materials engineering. Juan Diego Velasquez, a graduate teaching assistant in freshman engineering, was honored as an associate member.

Just a few days earlier, the University had unveiled "The Campaign for Purdue," a .3 billion fund-raising effort. In connection with that event, we in the Schools of Engineering had celebrated the announcement by General Motors, Sun Microsystems, and EDS of a gift to Purdue of 1,205 computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering software packages identical to those used by GM in automotive design. We also celebrated groundbreakings for the new Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research and for the new addition to the Chemical Engineering Building. (Please scroll down for more news on these and other Purdue happenings.)

What these events--varied as they are--have in common is that they are products of our drive to excel in teaching and scholarship. Education is at the heart of the University's mission, and we take our charge seriously. We esteem committed, effective teachers, and Purdue recognizes the best of the best through the Teaching Academy. We expect our students to have state-of-the-art technology in their hands, and with a gift of software like that mentioned above, they will. We want our students and faculty to pursue scholarship in facilities that allow them to thrive. With the Bowen Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research lab under way, students in learning labs on campus will soon be able to take advantage of a data-acquisition capability that will allow them to remotely mine vast stores of information generated by researchers testing materials and structures in the lab. Chemical engineering's addition will incorporate, among other features, a multimedia classroom that will enable students to participate in a variety of interactive activities, using multimedia and videoconferencing technologies.

Over the coming months, you'll be hearing about "The Campaign for Purdue" and the strategic initiatives that that fund-raising effort will make possible. Whether the subject is new facilities, new professorships, or new scholarships, the overarching goal is the same: to raise Purdue to a level of preeminence. We in the Schools of Engineering are aiming for preeminence as well. Inherent in that vision is our determination to lead with innovative, effective education so that Purdue becomes the educational institution of choice for tomorrow's engineers.

Linda Katehi

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


On October 29, Provost Sally Frost Mason and Dean Linda P. B. Katehi will recognize seven Purdue engineering professors who have been honored with professorships in 2001 or 2002. The seven honorees are:

James A. Cooper,
Charles William Harrison Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Edward J. Delp,
Silicon Valley Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
E. Daniel Hirleman, Jr.,
William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering
Leah H. Jamieson,
Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mark S. Lundstrom,
Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Werner Soedel,
Herrick Professor of Engineering
Andrew M. Weiner,
Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

COMING UP: Engineers Luncheon on November 8

Dean's Club members: Don't miss the Engineers Luncheon this year on Memorial Mall--Purdue's annual "thank you" for your support of the Schools of Engineering. The luncheon is set for November 8 at 11:30 a.m., with a poster session opening at 10:30 a.m. (Look for the large tent on the mall.) To reserve a space, contact Cindy Lawley at 765-496-6929 or send e-mail to ropp@ecn.purdue.edu. President's Council members: Scroll to the calendar below to see "Back to Class" sessions for November 8.


Dr. Emily M. Wadsworth will sign copies of her book, *Giving Much/Gaining More: Mentoring for Success*, on November 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in connection with the Engineers Luncheon. Look for the author and co-contributors to the book in the tent on Memorial Mall. Giving Much/Gaining More($ 24.95 + tax) contains descriptions of successful mentoring programs and their effects on participants' lives. Dr. Wadsworth, creator and administrator for mentoring programs for women in the Schools of Engineering at Purdue, explores 12 paired actions (such as trusting/doubting) and then matches her experiences with the stories of 12 former staff members for these programs.

Contact: Cindy Lawley


Major General John L. Hudson (MSAE '74), Program Executive Officer and Program Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, will deliver the fourth William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Titled "Life, the Universe, and the JSF Program," the lecture will offer Major General Hudson's thoughts on leadership, life, and the next-generation strike-warfare weapon system.

4 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2002 Eliza Fowler Hall, Stewart Center Ø Reception immediately following in the West Foyer, under the mural.

CAMPAIGN NOTES: PACE, CE Groundbreaking, ChE Groundbreaking

On September 26, General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems, and EDS announced an in-kind gift with a commercial value of 6.1 million that will continue a tradition of preparing Purdue students to step directly from the classroom into the corporate world. Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE), an alliance among GM, Sun and EDS, will donate to Purdue 1,205 computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering software packages identical to those used by General Motors in automotive design. The largest corporate gift in Purdue history, it will benefit faculty and students involved with analysis, design, and manufacturing classes in the Purdue School of Technology and Schools of Engineering.

Groundbreaking for the new Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research took place on September 27, and construction is expected to be completed in July. "The large-scale civil engineering laboratory puts Purdue in an elite class of universities, only a handful of which have comparable facilities," said Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. "The credit goes to our alumni and their vision, dedication and support." The lab's namesake, Robert Bowen, is a Purdue alumnus who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1962 and later founded Bowen Engineering Corp., located in Fishers, Indiana, which specializes in municipal, utility, industrial, and environmental construction. Bowen and his wife, Terry, who live in Indianapolis, provided a gift of .25 million to the Purdue Research Foundation toward the new lab, which will be built with private funding from about 50 donors.

The Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering broke ground on September 28 on a .5 million expansion, the largest project in the school's history. The school will build a five-story, 96,000-square-foot addition on the current building and equip the new and existing facilities with state-of-the-art technologies and high-performance instrumentation. Robert and Marilyn Forney, of Unionville, Pennsylvania, both of whom are 1947 chemical engineering alumni, have committed million to help fund the new construction. The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation also pledged million to the school's capital campaign. This is the first academic building in the Schools of Engineering to be funded entirely from private sources: alumni, friends, and corporate and foundation investors. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and be complete before classes begin in 2004.


October 29, 2002

October 29, 2002

    Reception for Faculty Receiving Professorships in 2001 and 2002
    3-5 p.m., MSEE Atrium

November 7, 2002

    Aeronautics & Astronautics Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet
    Contact: Tim Bobillo
    Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet
    Contact: Chris Clarke
    Electrical & Computer Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet
    Contact: Margarita Contreni

November 8, 2002

    Interdisciplinary Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards
    3:15 p.m., Reception in CIVL 1173
    6 p.m., Awards dinner at Jane's Gourmet Deli
    Contact: Phil Wankat

November 8, 2002

    Engineers Dean's Club Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. (poster show at 10:30 a.m.)
    Tent on Memorial Mall
    Contact: Cindy Lawley

November 8, 2002

    "Back to Class" engineering lectures for President's Council members (please call the President's Council at 765-494-2731 to register for classes):
      The Space Shuttle Challenger Failure: A Rocket Scientist's Perspective
      Instructor: Stephen Heister, Aeronautics and Astronautics
      Stewart Center, Room 322, 9:15–10:15 a.m.
      Materials for Nanotechnology: Just Smaller or Totally Different?
      Instructor: Alex King, Materials Engineering
      Stewart Center, Room 310, 9:15–10:15 a.m.
      Measuring Blood Pressure on Little People
      Instructor: Les Geddes, Biomedical Engineering
      Stewart Center, Room 322, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
      Combinatorial Optimization in the Design, Management, and Operation of Complex Systems.
      Instructor: Joseph Pekny, Chemical Engineering
      Stewart Center, Room 310, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
      EPICS: Using Educational Outreach to Teach Engineering Design
      Instructor: William Oakes, EPICS
      Stewart Center, Room 322, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
      Real-Time Traffic Control
      Instructor: Darcy Bullock, Civil Engineering
      Civil Engineering Bldg., Room 2113, 3–4 p.m.

November 8, 2002

    Book signing for Giving Much/Gaining More: Mentoring for Success
    Dr. Emily M. Wadsworth.
    10:30 a.m., Tent on Memorial Mall
    Contact: Cindy Lawley

November 9, 2002

    Purdue vs. Ohio State football game, TBA, Ross-Aide Stadium
    President's Council Brunch, 3 hours before game time
    Contact: events@purdue.edu

November 11, 2002

    Discover Purdue Across America, Chicago, IL
    Chicago Museum of Science and Technology
    Contact: events@purdue.edu

November 18, 2002

    Boeing Lecture
    4 p.m., Eliza Fowler Hall, Stewart Center
    Featuring Major General John L. Hudson (MSAE '74),
    Program Executive Officer and Program Director,
    Joint Strike Fighter Program

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