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Hirleman receives Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award

E. Daniel Hirleman, the William E. and Florence Perry Head and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, presented annually by Pi Tau Sigma and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to one engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering 20 years or more following graduation.

Hirleman will receive the award Nov. 15 at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers annual meeting. He is renowned for his work in optical sensors for manufacturing, particle sizing and velocimetry, water inspection and surface metrology, and light scattering by surfaces. His research has resulted in 19 inventions that have been formally disclosed to either Purdue or Arizona State University. Five of these have been patented and nine have been incorporated into commercial instruments or products. He has led Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering for the last decade. Under his leadership, the university's mechanical engineering program has increased faculty numbers and diversity; tripled research expenditures; had a 20-fold expansion in global experiences for students; doubled the doctoral graduation rates; tripled the number of endowed professorships; doubled publications and mobilized a highly successful capital campaign and drive for new facilities.

The Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award is awarded jointly by Pi Tau Sigma, which is the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and the ASME. The award was established in 1994 in honor of the founder of Pi Tau Sigma at the University of Illinois, former head of mechanical engineering and dean of engineering there, and later president of Lehigh University. Others affiliated with Purdue who have received the honor include: Donald C. Burnham, Richard J. Grosh and Richard Buckius, who is current vice president for research at Purdue.