Purdue trustees ratify named professorships for two CoE faculty

Issam Mudawar
Issam Mudawar
Srinivas Peeta
Srinivas Peeta
The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Saturday, Dec. 19, ratified Issam Mudawar as the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Srinivas Peeta as the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering.

Mudawar is a professor of mechanical engineering, and director of the Purdue Boiling and Two-Phase Flow Laboratory and the Purdue International Electronic Cooling Alliance. He came to Purdue as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was named an associate professor in 1989 and professor in 1993.

He studies phase-change mechanisms and applications in energy, intelligent materials processing, space and electronics thermal management.

In 2013 Mudawar received the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Founder's Award and also received the 75th Anniversary Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Division. He received the Charles Murphy Award for Outstanding Teaching from Purdue in 1997 and in 1999 became an inaugural member of the Book of Great Teachers. He was named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2015, and he received the Faculty Entrepreneurs Innovators Hall of Fame Award from the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization in 2012-13.

Mudawar received his bachelor's degree from American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and both his master's degree and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Milton Hollander, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1951, is chair and CEO of Newport Electronics Inc. He and his late wife, Betty, established the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.

Peeta is a professor of civil engineering and director of Purdue's NEXTRANS Center. He came to Purdue in 1994 as an assistant professor of civil engineering. He became associate professor in 2000 and was named professor in 2006.

His research focus is on modeling and analysis of the dynamics of large-scale transportation systems, modeling and methodologies to address interdependencies among infrastructure systems, and real-time information-based navigation in vehicular traffic networks and connected and autonomous vehicles.

He received the 2009 Walter Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 2012 College of Engineering Mentoring Award, Purdue's Seed for Success Award and the National Science Foundation Career Award.

Peeta earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, India, his master's degree from the California Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Texas.

Jack and Kay Hockema established the Jack and Kay Hockema Professorship in Civil Engineering. Jack, a Purdue graduate, became president, CEO and a director of Kaiser Aluminum in 2001. He received Purdue's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2010, the Krannert Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009 and the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 1995.