Dr. Blatchley elected ASCE Fellow

EEE Proffesor Chip Blatchley has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering. ASCE fellows are legally registered professional engineers or land surveyors who have made significant technical or professional contributions and have demonstrated notable achievement in responsible charge of engineering activity for at least 10 years following election to the ASCE grade of member. Fellows occupy the Society's second-highest membership grade, exceeded only by honorary members.


Professors Nies inducted into Book of Great Teachers

Larry Nies has been selected to be inducted into The Book of Great Teachers. The induction ceremony is planned for December 2, 2013 from 3:30-6:15 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union.

The Book of Great Teachers, a permanent wall display in the west foyer of the Purdue Memorial Union, was first unveiled in 1999. The book bears the names of past and present faculty members who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Honorees include past recipients of university-wide teaching excellence awards and those nominated by students, alumni and colleagues.  The nomination process for the book occurs every five years.  Prior to this year, the last ceremony was held in 2008, when 49 faculty members were added to the book.

To be eligible for nomination, professors and former professors on the West Lafayette campus must have served on the Purdue faculty for at least 15 years. Professors on the West Lafayette campus with 10 years of service to the University who have been previously honored with the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and 10 years of service, or recognized as Indiana Professor of the Year, or those named by the trustees as distinguished professors for teaching, are automatically included in the book.


John W. Sutherland Receives ASME Manufacturing Technology Award

John W. Sutherland, the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue University, is the recipient of the 2013 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award.  The award was presented on November 17 at the 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in San Diego. Professor Sutherland is widely recognized for his contributions in the area of sustainable manufacturing; he has mentored over 80 students to the completion of their graduate degrees and has published nearly 300 papers in various journals and conference proceedings.

The ASME Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award is one of the most prestigious awards in manufacturing, and was established in 1990 by ASME and the Alcoa Company. The award recognizes an individual or team for developing or contributing significantly to an innovative manufacturing technology, the implementation of which has resulted in substantial economic or societal benefits.  Dr. Sutherland was selected for the award “for his leadership and pioneering contributions in the development of dry or nearly dry machining technology, the characterization of environmental performance of manufacturing processes, and the creation of methodologies to promote the remanufacturing and recycling of end-of-life products.”


Nies Receives 2013 Scott Outstanding Professor Reward

Professor Larry Nies has received the 2012-13 Dean Marion B. Scott Outstanding Professor Award. This is an annual award presented by the Purdue chapter of Tau Beta Pi to an engineering professor for his or her devotion to encouraging, inspiring, and advising the engineering student body in order that engineering students might grow both academically and professionally.

Learning Communities Program Awards Nies for his  Advocacy

Loring Nies, professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering was recently named one of three Purdue 2012-13 Learning Communities Advocate Award winners. Every year, students involved in Purdue Learning Communities are surveyed about their instructors and the LC program staff choose a winner or winners based on student testimonials.

Nies was among 110 Learning Communities' instructors during the fall 2012 semester, and 40 who were nominated for the award. Among the comments submitted by students about Nies: "Loring Nies was very inspiring. He made me want to pursue a career where I can make a difference." "He allowed his quirky and friendly character to positively enhance the material taught. I learned an enormous amount from my instructor, and I will definitely try to schedule another class with him later in the future."

Sutherland Receives SAE International Environmental Award

John Sutherland (right) receiving the award from 2011 SAE International President Richard E. Kleine
John Sutherland (right) receiving the award from 2011 SAE International President Richard E. Kleine
John W. Sutherland, the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University, received the SAE International John Connor Environmental Award at a recent SAE Indiana Section meeting.

Established in 2001, the award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who promote SAE International’s vision of meeting ever-changing environmental challenges facing manufacturers, suppliers and professionals in the global transportation industry.

Professor Sutherland’s research contributions have related to environmentally responsible manufacturing. He has published more than 250 papers in journals and conference proceedings and is co-author of the textbook, Statistical Quality Design and Control: Contemporary Concepts and Methods.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.