Lundstrom receives Order of the Griffin honor from Daniels
ECE professor Mark Lundstrom, who served as acting dean for College of Engineering for the past year, has contributed not only to minds in his classrooms at the University but to nanotechnology research and outreach around the world, and his service has been recognized with an Order of the Griffin presented by Purdue President Mitch Daniels.
The Order of the Griffin is one of Purdue’s highest honors. The award recognizes outstanding service to Purdue by men and women whose commitment to the University has gone beyond the call of duty and has greatly benefited Purdue.“Within Purdue and around the world, Mark Lundstrom has personified the excellence to which Purdue aspires,” Daniels said. “Mark has pushed the limits of engineering research, and his leadership of the College of Engineering during an unconventional year was crucial.”
The university celebrated Lundstrom during a private event Tuesday (Jan. 26) via Zoom where Daniels presented him with the Order of the Griffin award and a pin.
Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professional of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue in 1980, then joined Purdue faculty. His research in the past four decades has focused on microelectronics and nanotechnology, most recently on energy conversion devices such as solar cells and thermoelectric devices. His team’s work has led to a widely used simple conceptual model for nanoscale field-effect transistors and a deep understanding of electrical, thermal and electro-thermal transport from the nanoscale to the macroscale. He is the author of four books and more than 500 scientific publications.
Lundstrom was founding director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, which accelerates the evolution of nano science to nanotechnologies by connecting those who develop simulations to those who use them to analyze experiments and design devices. He also worked to create nanoHUB.org, a global resource for nanotechnology that serves more than 2 million users per year. His seminars, tutorials and courses on the site have amassed more than half a million views.
“I’m honored and humbled to have received this award,” Lundstrom said. “Land-grant universities are special, and Purdue is a very special land-grant university. It has been an honor to serve a university that has helped me achieve all that I could in teaching, research, and outreach.”
While Dean Mung Chiang served the Department of State as the director of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, Lundstrom served as acting dean of the College of Engineering. Lundstrom also co-chaired the Ideas Festival programming for the University’s 150 Years of Giant Leaps celebration.
Lundstrom’s contributions to research, education and outreach have been recognized by major awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for Engineering Education. He is a life fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has received the College of Engineering’s A.A. Potter Best Teacher Award and Purdue’s Morrill Award, the highest honor for faculty who exemplify the spirit of a land grant university. Thomson Reuters Corporation listed him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014.
Past recipients of the Order of the Griffin have included Nobel Prize winner Herbert Brown and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan.