Faculty Awards and Honors

Nicole Key has received the 2014 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Award from the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute.  This award honors individuals who have outstanding accomplishments during the beginning of their careers, and will be presented at the Turbo Expo in Düsseldorf, Germany in June.
Issam Mudawar has received the 2013 Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Science Category for “pioneering theoretical and experimental research on phase change mechanisms and applications in energy, materials processing, aerospace propulsion and thermal management, and electronics cooling.” The award was presented at the Heat Transfer Division (HTD) Awards Luncheon at the ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in San Diego, CA, on November 19, 2013.
George Chiu has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his outstanding engineering research and education achievements. Professor Chiu is an active researcher in the areas of dynamics systems and control and mechatronics. He is especially well known for his contributions in motion control and applying advanced system and control techniques to digital printing and imaging systems. Many of his discoveries have been implemented in commercial products and systems. Professor Chiu has authored or co- authored 50 archival journal articles and more than 120 conference articles and advised 14 PhD and 25 MS students. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Issam Mudawar has received the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Founder's Award.  This award is the highest honor given by the Society. It is made to a member of the Society for distinguished scientific contributions to and leadership in the field of gravitational research.

Until now given exclusively to biological scientists, Dr. Mudawar's award marks the first time since the Award's initiation in 1989 that it has been conferred upon a researcher in physical sciences.

Robert Lucht, the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion in Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  The distinction of Fellow is conferred by AIAA upon outstanding members of the Institute who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.  In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA’s first Honorary Fellow. Today, AIAA Honorary Fellows and AIAA Fellows are the most respected names in the aerospace industry.
Steven Wereley has been selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, "For pioneering contributions to the development of microPIV and microfluidics, authoring broadly-based monographs on PIV and microfluidics, and meritoriously representing the fluid dynamics community in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."  Election to APS Fellowship is limited to one half of one percent of the membership.

David Cappelleri has received the John J. Gallen Memorial Award from the Villanova University Engineering Alumni Society.  Presented in honor of John J. Gallen, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1961 to 1975, this award recognizes the achievements of those whose technical efforts yield advances in the engineering profession. The recipient must have graduated from the College less than fifteen years ago.

Villanova University's announcement of the award.

Professor Qingyan Chen received the Award for Distinguished Service to Building Simulation from the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). This award recognizes an individual who has a distinguished record of contributions to the field of building performance simulation, over a long period. IBPSA selects only one individual every two years for the prestigious award. The award was presented to Professor Chen on August 27, 2013 during IBPSA’s 13th Building Simulation conference in Chambery, France.

Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award, given by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The award was presented August 6 at ASME’s 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC and CIE 2013) in Portland, Oregon.

The award is given to recognize the sustained meritorious contributions to Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle, particularly in the innovative research that bridges design, manufacturability, sustainability, and information Science.
A paper co-authored by Chimaya Dandekar and Yung Shin, titled "Modeling of machining of composite materials: A review", is the most downloaded paper in 2012 among the papers published in the International Journal of Machine Tool Manufacture (IF: 2.262) according to SciVerse (sciencedirect.com).
Issam Mudawar has received the 75th Anniversary Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Division (HTD) at the ASME 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in recognition of his service to the heat transfer community and contributions to the field.
Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named winner of the Distance Education Faculty Award given annually by Engineering Professional Education.

The award, announced Thursday, May 30, by EPE executive director Dale Harris, recognizes outstanding contributions of Purdue faculty to EPE's distance education program. The winner is determined by EPE's distance-education students who nominate faculty and support the nominations with comments and evaluations.

Read the College of Engineering announcement of the award here.

Suresh Garimella , the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Vice President for Engagement, has been selected to receive the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division at the 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, in recognition of his service to the heat transfer community and contributions to the field.  The award will be presented during the conference which takes place July 14-19, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Greg Shaver has received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE. Reflecting the firm belief of its donor that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers, the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Fund's major program is focused on younger engineering educators. Its objective is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which these teachers can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers.

Established in 1963, this award is administered by the Teetor Educational Award Committee and consists of a framed certificate, a trip to a major SAE meeting, and two years of SAE membership.
Ganesh Subbarayan has received the 2012 Best Paper Award -- IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology in the Components: Characterization and Modeling category, for the paper, "Microstructurally Adaptive Model for Primary and Secondary Creep of Sn-Ag-Based Solders."  The award will be presented at the upcoming 63rd Electronic Components and Technology Conference in Las Vegas, 28-31 May, 2013.
Bumsoo Han has received the B.F.S. Schaefer Outstanding Young Faculty Scholar Award for 2012-14.  The award was established  to recognize and assist in the development of outstanding faculty who have been in the Associate Professor rank for five years or less.
Suresh Garimella , the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Vice President for Engagement, has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Energy Conversion and Management.

The journal Energy Conversion and Management provides a forum for publishing original contributions and comprehensive technical review articles of interdisciplinary and original research on all important energy topics.
Karthik Ramani has received the 2012 Ruth and Joel Spira Award, which recognizes "a faculty member in the School of Mechanical Engineering who has inspired students and fostered excellence in commercial or defense product realization."

 

The Spira Award in Purdue ME has been in existence for more than 23 years. In previous years the Award recognized excellence in the classroom, significant contributions to curriculum development, and/or significant service to the School.
Timothy Fisher has received the McDonald Mentoring Award.  Established in 2007, the award recognizes the outstanding mentoring of other professionals by an engineer in industry, government, education, or private practice. Professor Fisher, is honored for contributions as an inspiring professor, exemplary role model, and visionary leader of international teams of students and colleagues, resulting in increased scholarship and diversity, expanded global collaboration in research and education focused on thermal sciences, and early-career success for several young engineers.
J. Stuart Bolton was named a Fellow of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering at INTER-NOISE 2012 in New York City.  His citation reads: For service as a Director and Officer of INCE/USA, and Chair and Proceedings Editor of INCE conferences. For teaching and mentoring students and professionals in noise control engineering, and research contributions to acoustic visualization, mechanisms of sound absorption and tire/pavement noise generation.  Prof. Bolton is also a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.
A paper co-authored by Yung Shin and his graduate student Shaoyi Wen received the best paper of the year award, among the papers published in the Journal of Laser Applications.  JLA is the official journal of the Laser Institute of America.  The award was presented at the 2012 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro–Optics.
A paper co-authored by Jeffrey Rhoads, Andrew Sabater, Vijay Kumar, and Aamer Mahmood titled, "On the Nonlinear Dynamics of Electromagnetically-Transduced Microresonators," received the Best Paper Award at the 6th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems held in conjunction with IDETC/CIE 2012: The 2012 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.

Yung Shin, the Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, is among a group of outstanding industry leaders that have been elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) prestigious College of Fellows.  See the SME announcement here.

An accomplished researcher, educator and professional engineer, Professor Shin has developed new manufacturing courses and laboratories, which are now equipped with state-of-the-art facilities worth well over $4M. Some of his research areas include laser processing of materials and machining of advanced materials. He has published more than 280 papers, co-edited two books and has authored chapters in several engineering handbooks. He established the Center for Laser-Based Manufacturing in 2003 and currently is serving as its director.

Xiulin Ruan has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.  This award will support him to pursue first principles predictions of thermal conductive and radiative properties of complex materials.  The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Professor Ruan's award was among several announced in the Summer issue of Dimensions of Discovery magazine.

Qingyan (Yan) Chen has recently received two awards from China:

1. Oversea Chinese Contribution Award (Creative Talents) “for outstanding achievements in serving China,” All-China Federation of Returned Overseas, 2012
2. Haihe Friendship Award Nominee “in recognition of foreign experts having made outstanding contributions in the city's economic and social development,” Tianjin City, China, 2012

Suresh Garimella , the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an international professional association dedicated to advancing science around the world.  Garimella's research interests lie in microsystems engineering, micro- and nano-scale thermal phenomena, high-performance compact cooling technologies, electro-thermal co-design, and electronics packaging and materials processing.

AAAS elects fellows whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

Ganesh Subbarayan has received the 2011 Ruth and Joel Spira Award.  The Award recognizes "a faculty member in the School of Mechanical Engineering who has inspired students and fostered excellence in commercial or defense product realization."  This year's selection was based on Dr. Subbarayan's contributions to both undergraduate design education and to fostering excellence in commercial product realization.
Greg Shaver has been selected to receive the 2011 Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation.  The Max Bentele Award recognizes an SAE member whose work has furthered innovation in the manufacture, design and improvement of engine technology for ground, air or space vehicles.  The award is designated for young engineers who have made a major contribution through a new idea, concept, innovation or application which provides a recognized improvement in engine technology and which has been verified through proof of concept demonstrations. The award honors Max Bentele for his contributions to the field of mobility engines and his encouragement for others to innovate and promote advances in the area.
 

Doug Adams was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award is to acknowledge Prof. Adams for his research and development in structural health monitoring and damage prognosis for automotive & aerospace systems. He specializes in nonlinear vibration based methods of structural diagnostics/prognostics for materials and machines. Many of his discoveries have been implemented by industry for improving the reliability of engineered systems. Prof. Adams has authored or co- authored 66 archival journal articles and 123 conference articles and advised 13 PhD and 28 MS students. He has written a textbook on structural health monitoring and has won numerous awards for research and teaching including the Presidential Early Career Award, Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award, and is listed in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers.

The ASME Board of Governors confers the distinction of Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by their peers, and selected by the Fellow Review Committee with final approval of the Committee of Past Presidents, these individuals have distinguished themselves in their careers.
Jeffrey Rhoads has received the ASEE Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award.  Winners are selected on the basis of their exceptional contributions to mechanics education within the first five years of their first regular academic appointment.
Arvind Raman is the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award. The award honors engineering graduates who show outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty years after the completion of their degrees. The award was established in 1974 in memory of Gustus Larson, an ASME Fellow and a leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The award carries a 1000 dollar honorarium and covers travel expenses to the meeting presentation.  See also Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award.
Karthik Ramani was elected to the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division (CIE) as a member of the executive committee. The CIE Division covers a broad spectrum of resources relating directly to the use of computers, computing methods, software, and information management in engineering by providing a forum for understanding the application of emerging technologies that impact critical engineering issues of representation, product design and product development, exchange, management and integration of information throughout the entire engineering product and process life-cycle. The 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE) is an integral part of the 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences (2011 IDETC/CIE) and will take place in Washington, DC from August 28-31, 2011. The IDETC has been the fastest growing ASME conference in the recent years.
Karthik Ramani delivered a keynote at the first international conference on remanufacturing in Glasgow, Scotland.  The tile of his presentation was “Remanufacturing: A Design Perspective”. This conference aimed, for the first time, to gather together the global knowledge and expertise in remanufacturing practice and research, from industry and academia, thus providing a unique opportunity to obtain exciting and innovative experiences to forward developments in technology and research in sustainable manufacture and waste management. The international dimension was emphasized in order to overcome cultural and national barriers, and to meet the needs of global sustainability given the significant adverse ecological impacts of accelerating global industrialization.
Ganesh Subbarayan has been selected as an IEEE Fellow by the ASME Board of Directors for his contributions to reliability and their associated computational techniques in mechanics.
Robert Lucht has been selected as an ASME Fellow by the ASME Board of Governors for his outstanding engineering achievements.  Prof. Lucht has been a very active researcher in the development of numerous laser diagnostic techniques and the application of these techniques in practical combustion devices such as gas turbines and internal combustion engines.  He is especially well known for his activities in the development and application of nonlinear optical techniques, pioneering the development of dual-pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) for multiple species measurements and femtosecond CARS for high-data-rate temperature and species measurements in flames.  Prof. Lucht has authored or co-authored over 120 archival journal articles and advised 26 PhD and 18 MS students. 

Two papers  co-authored by Suresh Garimella won First Place Awards in the Best Poster competition at the 11th ASME/Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of Electronic and Photonic Systems, MEMS, and NEMS (InterPACK).

Category - Advanced  Packaging and Materials
Title - Single-step fabrication and characterization of ultrahydrophobic surfaces with hierarchical roughness.
Authors - Susmita Dash, Niru Kumari, Mercy Dicuangco and Suresh V. Garimella

Category - Thermal Management
Title - An Experimentally Validated Model for Transport in Thin, High Thermal Conductivity, Low CTE Heat Spreaders
Authors - Ram Ranjan, Jayathi Murthy, Suresh V. Garimella and David Altman
Yung Shin A paper co-authored by Yung Shin and his graduate student, Hongtao Ding, "Dislocation density-based grain refinement modeling of orthogonal cutting of commercially pure titanium", was chosen for the best paper award during the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference held in Corvallis, Oregon.    The best paper was chosen from more than 180 papers.

Eckhard Groll has been selected by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to serve as a Research Ambassador for study and research in Germany for the 2011/12 academic year.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education and represents the German higher education system abroad, promotes Germany as an academic and research destination, and helps build ties between institutions around the world.
Yan Chen Qingyan (Yan) Chen has received the John Rydberg Gold Medal from the Scandinavian Federation for Heating, Ventilating and Sanitary Engineering Associations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (SCANVAC) .  The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of modelling and measurement of ventilation and air distribution in buildings.  Among the four recipients of the award since the establishment of the Society, Dr. Chen is the only one not from Scandinavia.  The award was last made in 2007.
Farshid Sadeghi was selected to receive the ASME 2011 Mayo D. Hersey Award.  The Mayo D. Hersey Award, established in 1965, is given in recognition of distinguished and continued contribution over a substantial period of time to the advancement of lubrication science and engineering.  Distinguished contributions may result from significant original research in one or more of the many scientific disciplines related to lubrication.  Farshid was selected  “for significant contributions to the advancement of the field of tribology through research, teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University; and for advancing the knowledge of lubrication and fatigue of heavily loaded contacts, lubrication and torque transmission in wet clutches and micro-electronic sensor development for tribological applications.”   Formal presentation of the award is scheduled to take place at the ASME/STLE 2011 International Joint Tribology Conference, October 23-26, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.
Farshid Sadeghi has been chosen to receive the 2011 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) International Award.  This Award is given to the individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of tribology and/or its related sciences.  It is the Society’s highest award.  Formal presentation of the award is scheduled to take place at the President’s Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, during the STLE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
A paper by Steven Wereley's research group was selected as one of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering's feature articles for 2010.  The paper, "Optically induced electrokinetic concentration and sorting of colloids", is one of a small number of articles chosen for this designation.  The article is available here.

Charles Krousgrill has been chosen to be the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award, which is awarded annually by the ASEE Mechanics Division for distinguished and outstanding contributions to engineering mechanics education.  The award will be presented at the Mechanics Division’s banquet at the ASEE Annual Conference on June 28, 2011, in Vancouver, Canada.

George Chiu George Chiu has been awarded the status of the Society for Imaging Science & Technology Fellow, for outstanding achievement in imaging science and engineering, and for innovative research in applying advanced system and control techniques to digital printing and imaging systems.  The award will be presented in October at the Non-Impact and Digital Printing Technologies 2011 Conference in Minneapolis, MN..
Jong Hyun Choi has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the Foundation's most prestigious honor for outstanding young researchers.  The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Steven Wereley and ME grad student co-authors Jae-Sung Kwon and Aloke Kumar received the Best Paper Award at the Microfluidics Forum at last November's ASME/IMECE meeting.  The paper, "Application of an Optically Induced Electrokinetic Manipulation Technique on Live Bacteria" was selected from among ~50 papers submitted.  Additional co-authors were Sandeep Ravindranath (BME) and Joseph Irudayaraj (BME).
Suresh Garimella has received the 2011 College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Mentoring Award.
Steven Frankel has been honored with the Cor Vitae Award by the American Heart Association for developing a revolutionary heart pump.  The award recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the health and welfare of a community by advancing the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association.  The new heart pump could add years and quality of life to babies born with congenital heart defects known as univentricular circulation – conditions where only one of the heart’s two ventricles functions properly.
Qingyan (Yan) Chen has been selected by the  ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.  The program was developed to provide ASHRAE chapters with top-notch lecturers equipped to speak on relevant subjects.
The Cooling Technologies Research Center (CTRC) has been recognized with the NSF's prestigious 2011 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, given by the NSF IUCRC Association.  This prize is given annually to recognize the center that demonstrates exemplary contributions to technological innovation.  Professor and Center Director Suresh Garimella received the prize at the IUCRC annual meeting in January.

A paper by Professor Yung Shin's group is among the Top 10 Cited Articles in the Elsevier International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture during the period of 2006-2010.  The International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture is among the top manufacturing science journals.

Top 10 Cited (articles published in the last five years) Extracted from Scopus (on Wed Jan 12 20:29:50 GMT 2011)

Laser-assisted machining of Inconel 718 with an economic analysis
Volume 46, Issue 14, 2006, pp 1879-1891
Anderson, M. | Patwa, R. | Shin, Y.C.
Steven Wereley recently received the U.S. Geological Survey Director's Award for his work in helping with the response to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

Marcia McNutt, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, said in the letter notifying Wereley of the award that his assistance was instrumental in answering key questions regarding the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, whether the well maintained its structural integrity, and the safest and most effective way to kill the well.
 


Eric Nauman has been selected to receive the B. F. S. Schaefer Outstanding Young Faculty Scholar Award for 2010-12.  This award was established to recognize and assist in the development of outstanding faculty who have been in the Associate Professor rank for five years or less.
 

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Xianfan Xu has been appointed the James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Xu is a professor of mechanical engineering and also a professor of electrical and computer engineering (by courtesy). His research interests include heat transfer, ultrafast laser materials processing and diagnostics, and nano-optics and laser-based nano-lithography.

Research being led by Xu includes creating a system that takes heat from an engine's exhaust to generate electricity, reducing a car's fuel consumption.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and both his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
George Chiu George Chiu has been selected to receive the 2010 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award at the 2010 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. The award is conferred annually in recognition of an outstanding paper which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. The paper was co-authored with former ME PhD Student Cheng-Lun Chen, who is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the National Chung Hsin University in Taiwan. The work was sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company and the National Science Foundation.

The paper reference is:
C.-L. Chen and G.T.-C. Chiu, “Closed Loop Banding Artifact Reduction for a Class of Color Electrophotographic Printers with Underactuated Motor/Gear Configuration,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 577-588, July 2008

Monika Ivantysynova, the MAHA Fluid Power Systems Professor (joint with Agricultural and Biological and Mechanical Engineering), recently was awarded an honorary doctorate at her alma mater, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. The university, which previously awarded an honorary doctorate to NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, has never before awarded an honorary doctorate to one of its own alumni.

Ivantysynova, who holds a joint appointment within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, came to Purdue in August 2004. She specializes in computer-based pump and motor design, modeling and simulation of hydraulic systems, motion control with advanced hydraulic actuators, and the development of design algorithms.

She has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the top scientists in the development of advanced energy-saving actuator and drive technology, and the development of computer-based design and optimization methods for displacement machines.


Douglas Adams has been appointed the Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems.

Dr. Douglas Adams is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and Director of the Center for Systems Integrity.  Dr. Adams published the first textbook on Health Monitoring of Structural Materials and Components in 1997 and has won numerous awards for research and teaching including the Presidential Early Career Award, Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award, Society for Experimental  Mechanics DeMichele Award, and is listed in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers. His research focuses on the solution of inverse problems in mechanical diagnostics using nonlinear system identification techniques and on the prognosis and control of remaining useful life of engineered systems including wind turbines, aircraft, spacecraft, ground vehicles, and manufacturing equipment. His industry partners have implemented many of his research discoveries to improve system reliability and performance. Dr. Adams earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, his Master’s degree from MIT and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Farshid Sadeghi has been appointed the Cummins Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Sadeghi is the founder of the Mechanical Engineering Tribology Laboratory at Purdue University.  His research has served to create better understanding of a number of important areas in tribology which include thermal effects in heavily loaded lubricated contacts, friction reduction through surface modification, effects of material micro-structure property and topology on rolling contact fatigue and MEMS for condition monitoring of machine components.

Dr. Sadeghi has received numerous honors and awards, including, the ASME/RCT Innovation Research Award in 2008, fellow of ASME and STLE - 2006 and 2004, Best Paper Awards from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers U.S. and Institute of Mechanical Engineering U.K. – 2007 and 2005, the Harry L. Solberg Best Teaching Award from Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering in 2004, and the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1987.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his doctoral degree from North Carolina State University and joined the Purdue ME faculty in 1986.
Two papers by Professor Issam Mudawar and former doctoral student Jaeseon Lee entitled “Two-Phase Flow in High-Heat-Flux Micro-Channel Heat Sink for Refrigeration Cooling Applications: Parts I & 2” have just been ranked as the first and second most cited papers in the journal for the period 2005-2008.  The papers address theory and experiments related to micro-channel refrigeration cooling based on work that was funded by the Office of Naval research (ONR).
 
The International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, the premier journal in heat transfer in terms of both international readership and archival quality, ranks papers that have been published in the journal over the prior four-year period based on citation record.
The Ph.D. Students led by Professor Karthik Ramani in the Computational Design Lab won the best student paper award in the International CAD Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai, UAE in June 2010. The paper titled PCS: Prominent Cross-Sections for Mesh Models was authored by Subramani Sellamani, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Yagnanarayanan Kalyanaraman, Sundar Murugappan, Manish Goyal, and Karthik Ramani from Mechanical Engineering and Christoph M. Hoffman from Computer Sciences.

Three of Professor Karthik Ramani's groups papers were awarded Top 10 Cited Articles for 2005-2010 by the Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design. One of them is at the #1 spot. Computer-Aided Design was among the top performers according to the ranking of computer science journals. The journals were ranked according to citations per paper based on data provided by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators database for the period January 1998 through December 2008. This ranking clearly defines the importance and the position of CAD journal in the computer science field and in computational design. The CAD journal was ranked #12  among all computer science journals.

Top 10 Cited (articles published in the last five years) Extracted from Scopus (on Mon Aug 16 22:40:04 BST 2010)

Three-dimensional shape searching: State-of-the-art review and future trends
Volume 37, Issue 5 SPEC.ISS., 2005, Pp 509-530
Iyer, N. | Jayanti, S. | Lou, K. | Kalyanaraman, Y. | Ramani, K.

Developing an engineering shape benchmark for CAD models
Volume 38, Issue 9, 2006, Pp 939-953
Jayanti, S. | Kalyanaraman, Y. | Iyer, N. | Ramani

On visual similarity based 2D drawing retrieval
Volume 38, Issue 3, 2006, Pp 249-259
Pu, J. | Ramani, K.
Klod Kokini , associate dean for academic affairs and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, has been named to the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) board of directors.

WEPAN Executive Director C. Diane Matt said Kokini will help the organization achieve its mission to attract, retain and graduate women engineers. “Dr. Kokini’s experience, perspective and leadership will contribute greatly to WEPAN,” she said.

WEPAN is a national not-for-profit organization with over 600 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit organizations. Its current focus is on improving the system of engineering education by creating understanding of issues relevant to attracting and retaining female students and working to transform culture in engineering education to accomplish those goals.   (07/10)


Suresh Garimella , the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Purdue Cooling Technologies Research Center, has received a 2010 Heat Transfer Memorial Award from ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Garimella received the award in the art category for “innovative and pioneering work on basic and applied problems in microscale heat transfer, thermal management of electronic systems, phase change heat transfer and materials processing, leading to extensive contributions to archival heat transfer literature and an impressive impact on industry.”   (07/10)

Karthik Ramani
Karthik Ramani has been appointed the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering. 

Dr. Ramani, who has been at Purdue since 1991, serves as chair of the School of Mechanical Engineering's manufacturing area. His research interests are in design of shapes (shape analysis, sketching and mathematics of higher dimensional spaces) as well as computational support for early design and manufacturing.

He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, a master's in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

He serves as the chief scientist at Imaginestics (now VizSeek), a knowledge-based software company that has launched the world's first online search engine for the global supply chain. He is on the National Science Foundation's Industrial Innovation and Partnerships advisory board and is on the editorial board of Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design and ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.   (07/10)


Eckhard Groll has been installed as Director-at-Large to the ASHRAE Board of Directors.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons.  Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.   (07/10)
Modine Manufacturing Company, a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, announced that it has formally engaged Suresh Garimella to serve in a consulting capacity to the Technology Committee of the Modine Board of Directors.   (06/10)
Monika Ivantysynova, the MAHA Fluid Power Systems Professor (joint with Agricultural and Biological and Mechanical Engineering), has been awarded the 2009 Joseph Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for outstanding commitment to international fluid power research and education, particularly in the field of hydrostatic pumps and motors.   (06/10)

Bumsoo Han has received the ASME Skalak Best Paper Award for his article "Freezing-Induced Fluid-Matrix Interaction in Poroelastic Material," which was chosen as the best paper published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering in 2009.   (05/10)

Professor Karthik Ramani has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Dr. Ramani has established prominence in the field of engineering design and manufacturing through his unique contributions in geometric and computational desing techniques, specifically, shape representations for geometric search, bio-geometry, and sketch-based parameterization.  He has successfully transferred his research findings into the classroom and the marketplace, founding successful businesses and earning national education awards.  His energy and enthusiasm for design and manufacturing have inspired colleagues, students, and working engineers for over two decades.   (05/10)
Professor Suresh Garimella recently traveled to India where he was presented with the Alumnus Award of IIT Madras for 2010, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of thermal sciences and micro-systems.  The award was presented on April 16 during the Institute Day Celebrations at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.  As part of the award program Dr. Garimella also presented a lecture titled "Energy Needs in Computing."   (04/10)
Professor Suresh Garimella and doctoral student Tannaz Harirchian received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence, 2009,  for outstanding work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment. This is an award for the best paper from 2009 in the thermal management community, and was given at SemiTHERM2010 in Santa Clara, CA, for the paper entitled "Boiling Heat Transfer and Flow Regimes in Microchannels – a Comprehensive Understanding" which was presented at THERMINIC conference in Leuven, Belgium, in October 2009.   (03/10)

Two of Professor Suresh Garimella's papers are among the top 10 most-cited in the journal Heat Transfer Engineering during the period 2003-2008:

“Experimental Investigation of the Thermal Performance of Piezoelectric Fans,” by T. Açıkalın, S. M. Wait, S. V. Garimella and A. Raman (25(1):4-14, 2004)

“Single-Phase Flow and Heat Transport and Pumping Considerations in Microchannel Heat Sinks,” by S. V. Garimella and V. Singhal (25(1):15-25, 2004).   (03/10)

Yung Shin
Yung Shin, the Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Throughout his career, he has earned recognition for his work.  He was named a GM faculty fellow in 1992, voted as Best Reviewer for ASME Journal of Engineering for Industry in 1995 and 2001, awarded the Manufacturing LEAD Excellence Award by SME in 1997, named the Donald A. and Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing in 2008, awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for the 2008 Indiana 21st Century Research & Technology Fund, and was a finalist for the 2009 MIRA Award.  For years he has chaired the Systems, Measurements, and Control Group of the ME School which involve mentoring the young faculty.  Dr. Shin has excelled an envisioning and the executing sizable programs that impact research and economic development in the state.  His research is in laser processing of materials, intelligent and adaptive controls, high speed machining, machine tools and machine tool dynamics, manufacturing automation, advanced machining processes and intelligent manufacturing systems.  He has received over $13M in research support and has over 140 publications and six US patents.   (03/10)
Xinyan Deng

Xinyan Deng has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the Foundation's most prestigious honor for outstanding young researchers.  Her research encompasses novel attempts in several research topics on flapping flight in insects and birds. The goal of this research is to a) quantitatively study the flight trajectory feasibility and stability observed in insects and birds; b) investigate the underlying principles that cause their flight stability and performance differences in order to develop a methodology and guideline for designing flapping wing micro-aerial vehicles; and c) design and fabricate flapping wing micro-aerial vehicles capable of stable and maneuverable flight with biomimetic sensors.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.   (02/10)

Bumsoo Han

Bumsoo Han has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the Foundation's most prestigious honor for outstanding young researchers.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.   (02/10)

Steven Wereley A  paper by Professor Steven Wereley and doctoral students Stuart Williams and Aloke Kumar entitled "Micro and nano particle manipulation using optically modulated electrokinetic flows" has been selected as one of three "Excellent Papers" from among the 340 papers accepted for presentation at the ASME 2nd Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference held at Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China, on December 18-21, 2009.   (01/10)
 Jeffrey Rhoads  Jeffrey Rhoads has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the Foundation's most prestigious honor for outstanding young researchers. He will use nanotechnology and microtechnology to develop tiny mechanical devices called "resonators" for possible applications ranging from cell phones to advanced sensors and a new type of computer memory. The resonators could be used to amplify signals for new biosensors in medicine and research, as a new type of filter for cell phones, and for a mechanical computer memory system that harnesses vibration patterns. The research includes educational components using Purdue's nanoHUB - the Web portal of the National Science Foundation's Network for Computational Nanotechnology - as well as Purdue's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, or SURF, program. Rhoads will develop and deploy on the nanoHUB a software tool to simulate the behavior of the resonators, a new K-12 education curriculum on emerging micro electromechanical and nano electromechanical systems, and college-level course materials and lectures associated with a new course on the systems.   (01/10)

2009

 
A  paper by Professor Suresh Garimella and former doctoral students Poh-Seng Lee and Dong Liu entitled "Investigation of heat transfer in rectangular microchannels" has been listed as one of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer's most cited articles for the years 2005-2008. (10/09)
Suresh Garimella A research paper by Professor Issam Mudawar and former doctoral student Jaeseon Lee entitled "Two-phase flow in high-heat-flux micro-channel heat sink for refrigeration cooling applications:  Part I - pressure drop characteristics" has been listed as one of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer's most cited articles for the years 2005-2008. (10/09)
Eckhard Groll Eckhard Groll has been selected to receive the E. K. Campbell Award from ASHRAE.   This award is made, not more than once a year, to someone who is or has been a full-time educator in recognition of outstanding service and achievement in teaching and/or research in subjects relating to the industry and professions represented by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  The award will be formally presented at the ASHRAE winter meeting in Orlando in January, 2010.   (10/09)
E. Daniel Hirleman
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.   (10/09)
Karthik Ramani Karthik Ramani has been named the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty.  The Outstanding Commercialization Award is given to a Purdue tenure-track faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to and success with commercialization of Purdue research discoveries.   (09/09)
Karthik Ramani Karthik Ramani and Ph.D. student Sundar Murugappan were awarded the 2009 Prakash Krishnaswami CAPPD Best Paper Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) division. Findings were detailed in a paper presented Sept. 1 during the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Technical Conference in San Diego. FEAsy (Finite Element Analysis Made Easy) analyzes designs from raw sketches to speed parts and product creation. Read full details here.   (09/09)
Suresh Garimella

Suresh Garimella has received the Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal "for fundamental scholarly contributions to thermal management as reflected by his extensively cited publishing records, mentorship of a large, diverse graduate student cohort, direct industrial impact of his NSF Center on cooling technologies, and unflagging service to the profession."   The Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal was established in 2009 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in thermal management of electronic systems and their commitment to the field of thermal sciences.  The bronze medal is accompanied by a cash honorarium.   (08/09)

Suresh Garimella

Suresh Garimella recently received the Distance Faculty Award.  Each year the Division of Engineering Professional Education recognizes the outstanding contributions of our faculty to our distance education program through this $2000 award.  The winner of the award is determined by our distance students who nominate the faculty and support those nominations through comments and evaluations.  (07/09)

Steven Wereley

An article published by Steven Wereley's research group, Three-dimensional particle tracking using micro-particle image velocimetry hardware, was recently selected as a "2008 Highlight" by the journal Measurement Science and Technology.  Articles chosen for this distinction were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research, valuable reviews of the field, receipt of the highest praise from international referees, and the highest number of downloads from the journal website.  (06/09)

Timothy Fisher

Timothy Fisher has been selected to be among the latest group of University Faculty Scholars from the College of Engineering.  Associate and full professors who have been tenured within the last five years receive this distinction in recognition of their scholarship. They are nominated through their academic areas, selected by a committee of CoE named and distinguished professors, and approved by the provost. They also receive additional funding to support their research. The program was created in 1998.  (03/09)

Jeffrey Rhoads has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.   His project is on Exploiting Collective Behaviors in Coupled Micro- and Nanosystems.  It involves studying the unique properties of large arrays of micro- and nano-mechanical resonators for use as filters for electrical signals, ultra-sensitive mass and force detectors, and mechanical electrometers and magnetometers.  Specifically Jeff studies the propagation of vibration across such arrays, and the coupled interaction of substructures that are nominally, but not exactly, identical.  The experimental portion of the work will take place at the Birck Nanotechnology Center using micro-LDV (Laser-Doppler Vibrometry).  Understanding the mechanics of such arrays is vital to developing systems with very large potential impact on wireless communications, chemical and biological weapon detection, and fundamental physics.  The educational component of this project involves studying the effect of longitudinal projects (through the undergraduate years) that integrate lab experiments and course materials on the dynamics of micromechanical and nanomechanical systems.  (03/09)

Suresh Garimella and graduate students Niru Kumari and Vaibhav Bahadur have had a paper selected by the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering to be among those showcased in their Highlights of 2008.  Articles chosen for this designation were deemed to be those that best represent the high quality and breadth of the contributions published in the journal in the past year.  Read full details here.  (03/09)

Issam Mudawar and graduate students Robert Nacke and Brittany Northcutt have received a Rolls-Royce Milestone Award for their design of a new air-to-fuel heat exchanger for high Mach turbine engines. The researchers were honored by Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.'s Liberty Works on Feb. 21 at an event in Brownsburg, Ind. The Purdue project is part of the university's Rolls-Royce University Technology Center in High Mach Propulsion.  (03/09)

Doug Adams was the recipient of the Society of Experimental Mechanics D. J. DeMichele Award, presented at the 27th International Modal Analysis Conference on February 11 in Orlando, Florida. The commendation is for service and support in promoting science and educational aspects of modal analysis technology. Doug had his photo taken with D. J. DeMichele's son and is now listed among a distinguished group of international leaders in the field of modal analysis.  (02/09)


2008

 

Jay Gore has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

AIAA Fellows are persons of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

A technical paper describing research led by Issam Mudawar, professor of mechanical engineering, has recently been listed as one of the most cited papers by the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.  The paper, titled "Experimental and numerical study of pressure drop and heat transfer in a single-phase micro-channel heat sink," was published in 2002.  "The popularity of your work suggests that it is of particular interest and value to researchers in the field, and we are delighted that you chose to publish it in our journal," said Carrie Chritensen, publisher of the journal.
Issam Mudawar, professor of mechanical engineering, and doctoral student Myung Sung received the Best Paper Award in Thermal Management at the 11th Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronics Systems, or ITherm 2008, which was held on May 28-31 in Orlando, Fla. ITherm attracted university researchers and industry experts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Purdue paper proposes a new method for achieving unprecedented temperature control capabilities for future defense electronics and is based on work being sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
Sangtae Kim, Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, has been named one of the "One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era" and will be featured in the October 2008 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress.  Sang is being recognized as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  Sang was selected from nearly 1000 individuals for this award.
The U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) has announced Dr. E. Daniel Hirleman, professor and head of the School of Mechanical Engineering, as the recipient of its 2008 George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation in recognition of his outstanding commitment to international education and cooperative research. The George Brown Award is CRDF’s highest honor, recognizing outstanding individuals for their efforts to promote international science collaboration in the spirit of the late U.S. Congressman George Brown.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hirleman has been active in encouraging cultural and scientific exchanges with engineers and researchers around the globe. As the founder of Purdue University’s Global Engineering Program (GEP), Dr. Hirleman has designed international opportunities specifically for engineering students and professionals, and has established programs to help integrate global concepts into their work.

Jayathi Y. Murthy has been appointed the Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Professor Murthy's research interests include computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, finite volume methods and unstructured mesh techniques, numerical methods for radiative transport, reduced order modeling, numerical methods for multiphase flows, heat and mass transfer in micromanufacturing, microscale heat transfer, electronics cooling, and applications in aerospace, automotive, glass and chemical-process industries.  Dr. Murthy is the Director of the Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems, or PRISM.

Yung C. Shin was recently named the Donald A. and Nancy C. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing.  Shin, who joined the Purdue faculty in 1990, is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Laser-based Manufacturing. Shin's research interests include laser-based manufacturing, intelligent and adaptive control, intelligent manufacturing systems, advanced machining processes, intelligent monitoring and diagnostics, and digital machining systems.
Klod Kokini, Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the winner of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. Medal

The award bestowed by the ASME Board on Diversity and Outreach and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. The award recognizes outstanding contribution by an individual, company, government entity, school, or other organization toward developing and implementing practices, processes and programs that value and strategically manage diversity and inclusiveness.

E. Daniel Hirleman, William E. and Florence E. Perry Head and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

His election was on the basis of contributions to research and development as well as education. His research is in the area of optical measurement techniques including sensors for semiconductor manufacturing, particle and flow diagnostics, chem/bio hazard detection and food safety, and design for inspectability. Hirleman’s impact on education includes integration of emerging technical topics into existing and new courses, as well as developing pedagogy for educating global engineers including interdisciplinary global design team experiences. He has served in academic administration for 15 years, including the position of founding (interim) director of Purdue’s recently established Global Engineering Program. He has over 150 technical publications, 4 patents, and has presented about 60 invited lectures in 10 countries on laser diagnostics and related fields.
Robert Lucht has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award for 2008.  The award is presented for continued contributions and achievements toward the advancement of aerodynamics flow field and surface measurement techniques for research in flight and ground test applications.

Arvind Raman has been named a University Faculty Scholar.  He joins 4 other ME colleagues as one of 19 active University Faculty Fellows in the College of Engineering this year.

Recipients of this honor are awarded the distinction in recognition of their scholarship. Faculty scholars are nominated by their academic areas, reviewed by a committee of named and distinguished professors in the College of Engineering, and approved by the provost. They receive funding to support their research. The program was created in 1998. The newly named Faculty Scholars will begin their five-year terms in the fall of 2008. The new University Faculty Scholars will be recognized at a reception on April 30, 2008, at 3:00pm in the East Faculty Lounge of the Purdue Memorial Union.

Jay Gore has been appointed Director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park; he has served as the Interim Director since its inception in 2005.

Dr. Gore is the Vincent P. Reilly Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and past Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering.  He served as a Research Fellow in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland prior to joining Purdue as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Gore’s research is in the area of combustion and radiation heat transfer with applications to pollutant reduction, efficiency enhancements, fire safety, and improved fundamental understanding.

Qingyan (Yan) Chen was recently appointed as a prestigious Chang Jiang Chair Professor in recognition of his contributions in the field of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning by China's Ministry of Education. The Chang Jiang Scholars Program was jointly established by China's Ministry of Education and the Li Ka-Shing Foundation in 1998. The main objective of the program is to further improve China's standard of education and intellectual competitiveness by rapidly developing Chinese research institutions through the engagement of Chang Jiang Scholars. The program is to attract, select, and create a group of world leaders for advanced research in all areas of higher education. It is the highest recognition program from the Ministry of Education. The appointments are made based on nation-wide competition among the nominees by Chinese universities.

Chang Jiang Chair Professor awardees must have an outstanding record in research, be internationally recognized in their field, and be capable of developing a first-class research program. From 1998 to 2007, China has selected 404 Chang Jiang Chair Professors who are mainly professors and scientists from foreign countries. These chair professors conduct collaborative research in various Chinese universities for short terms. Professor Chen will have frequent visits to Tianjin University in China over the next three years.

Thomas Siegmund was invited to deliver six lectures in the course on "Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics Models" to be held at the International Center of Mechanical Sciences (CISM, www.cism.it) in Udine, Italy. His lectures will focus on novel non-linear models for fatigue crack growth. The course will be held from July 14 to 18, 2008, and will provide an advanced training opportunity for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, young researchers, and specialists in fracture mechanics working in industry.


2007

 
Bin Yao, professor of mechanical engineering, recently received the ASME Outstanding Young Investigator Award. The award is given biannually by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME to a DSCD member who will not have reached his/her 40th birthday until after the date the award is scheduled to be presented, and who as a mechanical engineering professional has demonstrated outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, in fields of interest to the DSCD. The citation for Dr.Yao's award is "For fundamental contribution to the adaptive robust control theory and its application to the integrated design of intelligent and precision mechatronic systems".
Klod Kokini, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean of engineering for academic affairs, has been named a winner of the Violet Haas Award, and will be honored at a reception at 4 p.m. April 26 in the lobby of the Lawson Computer Science Building. Established in 1990, the award recognizes individuals, programs or departments currently at Purdue that have effectively facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education and salary, or have generally enhanced a positive professional climate for women at the university. Kokini has played a key role in recruiting women faculty to the College of Engineering, said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering.
Yung Shin and his former student, Yinggang Tian, have been selected as the recipients of the 2007 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award for the paper entitled "Thermal Modeling for Laser-Assisted Machining of Silicon Nitride Ceramics with Complex Features".  The Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award is presented for the best current original paper or papers (not published elsewhere) which has/have been presented before ASME and/or published by ASME during the two calendar years immediately preceding the year of the award. The paper(s) should be clearly concerned with or related to the design or application of machine tools, gages, or dimensional measuring instruments, submitted to ASME for presentation and publication. Papers by multiple authors are eligible. The award shall be made annually if warranted.   The award was established in 1954 by Frederick S. Blackall, Jr., Fellow and Seventy-second President of the Society.
Doug Adams and Eckhard Groll, have received the University Faculty Scholar Award.  The faculty scholar program recognizes outstanding faculty who are on a clear path for academic distinction. Select associate and full professors, who have been tenured within the past five years, are awarded this distinction in recognition of their scholarship. It includes $10,000 in discretionary funds per year for five years.
Qingyan (Yan) Chen, professor of mechanical engineering, received the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology’s 2007 Willis J. Whitfield Award for “significant contributions to the field of contamination control through numerous published papers, studies, and reports.”
Monika Ivantysynova, the MAHA Fluid Power Systems Professor (joint with Agricultural and Biological and Mechanical Engineering), and co-authors Ch. Huang and A. Japing, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) best paper award for their paper, “Determination of Gap Surface Temperature Distribution in Axial Piston Machines.”
Karthik Ramani, professor of mechanical engineering, received the Thomas French Achievement Award from The Ohio State University. The award is presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves as educators.

Ramani is serving on the National Science Foundation's Committee of Visitors for Industrial Innovation and Partnerships from 2007 through 2010.

Steve Wereley, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. The award provides support for his sabbatical visit to the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, from March to August 2007.
Bin Yao, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently honored by Zhejiang University as one of the overseas academic backbones for the Programme of Introducing Talents of Discipline to University on Information and Control Science. The program was initiated and jointly funded by the Ministry of Education and the Department of Foreign Experts of China in 2006, with the intention of bringing world-leading researchers into top elite Chinese universities to promote the development of specific academic fields of national importance.