MESSAGE FROM THE PROVOST

Welcome to a special event honoring Purdue’s finest faculty.

As Purdue’s distinguished and named professors and administrators, you are setting the standard of excellence for our institution. Your contributions to your students, colleagues, and communities here and around the world are impacting thousands—sometimes millions!—of lives.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to your scholarship, your teaching, and your engagement. We know that much of your success is made possible through the love and encouragement of family and friends, and the collaborative spirit of your talented colleagues. We join you in thanking them for their support.

Our warmest congratulations on your achievements. We wish you every continued success and could not be more proud to call you Boilermakers.

Jay T. Akridge

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity

Rising Star, Term, Assistant, Associate, and Other Named Appointments

These appointments are established to recruit, retain, and recognize highly accomplished midcareer faculty who are not yet candidates for full-term named professorships.

Our deepest thanks to the donors who have made so many of these professorships possible.

RISING STAR, ASSOCIATE, ASSISTANT, AND TERM APPOINTMENTS

Jasmine D. Gonzalvo

Chris and Theresa Dimos Director of the Center for Health Equity and Innovation, Pharmacy

JASMINE GONZALVO’s research relates to community health workers, cardiovascular risk reduction in underserved populations, integration of the Spanish language into practice and academic settings, and diabetes self-management education and support in the pharmacy setting. She also provides clinical services in a federally qualified health center for Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

Gonzalvo is a clinical professor of pharmacy practice and has served as the director of the Center for Health Equity and Innovation since 2020. From 2018 through 2020, she served on the National Clinical Care Commission, a federal committee charged with evaluating and making recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding federal activities related to diabetes.

Gonzalvo currently serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Leadership Council Board. She served as chair for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education in 2019 and has also served on the board of directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Jasmine D. Gonzalvo

Chris and Theresa Dimos Director of the Center for Health Equity and Innovation, Pharmacy

JASMINE GONZALVO’s research relates to community health workers, cardiovascular risk reduction in underserved populations, integration of the Spanish language into practice and academic settings, and diabetes self-management education and support in the pharmacy setting. She also provides clinical services in a federally qualified health center for Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

Gonzalvo is a clinical professor of pharmacy practice and has served as the director of the Center for Health Equity and Innovation since 2020. From 2018 through 2020, she served on the National Clinical Care Commission, a federal committee charged with evaluating and making recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding federal activities related to diabetes.

Gonzalvo currently serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Leadership Council Board. She served as chair for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education in 2019 and has also served on the board of directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Fang Huang

Reilly Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Engineering

FANG HUANG has made significant contributions and innovations in technology development to overcome the diffraction limit of light with single-molecule spectroscopy and microscopy for ultra-high resolution imaging in live cells and tissues. His work, which has made it possible to view significant events within cells and tissues previously unseen due to the diffraction limit, focuses on high-resolution structural and stoichiometric imaging in live cells, nanoscale molecular mapping in brain tissues, and molecular-resolution imaging using light.

Huang hopes to develop novel optical-imaging systems to make advances in defining the structure and function of cellular constituents in live cells and tissues with molecular resolution. He is also working to develop technologies to provide insights into function and molecular composition of the cytokinetic-ring during cell division, neural connectivity, and chromosome topology and dynamics in live eukaryotic cells.

Fang Huang

Reilly Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Engineering

FANG HUANG has made significant contributions and innovations in technology development to overcome the diffraction limit of light with single-molecule spectroscopy and microscopy for ultra-high resolution imaging in live cells and tissues. His work, which has made it possible to view significant events within cells and tissues previously unseen due to the diffraction limit, focuses on high-resolution structural and stoichiometric imaging in live cells, nanoscale molecular mapping in brain tissues, and molecular-resolution imaging using light.

Huang hopes to develop novel optical-imaging systems to make advances in defining the structure and function of cellular constituents in live cells and tissues with molecular resolution. He is also working to develop technologies to provide insights into function and molecular composition of the cytokinetic-ring during cell division, neural connectivity, and chromosome topology and dynamics in live eukaryotic cells.

Jianguo Mei

Richard and Judith Wien Associate Professor of Chemistry, Science

JIANGUO MEI is a nationally recognized leader in the field of polymer-materials chemistry. His work focuses on developing novel advanced electronic materials, including high-temperature semiconducting polymers, electrochromics, electrochemical transistors, and semiconducting polymers for bioelectronic medicine.

Mei’s research program draws on a diverse array of expertise from synthetic chemistry, materials science, device engineering, and scalable manufacturing. He has published more than 100 research papers with more than 14,000 citations and has been awarded nearly $10 million in funding from federal agencies and industrial partners.

Mei is also the cofounder and scientific advisor of Ambilight Inc., a company that specializes in roll-to-roll manufacturing of next-generation electrochromic smart windows, which released its first commercial product in 2019 and has already raised more than $250 million.

Jianguo Mei

Richard and Judith Wien Associate Professor of Chemistry, Science

JIANGUO MEI is a nationally recognized leader in the field of polymer-materials chemistry. His work focuses on developing novel advanced electronic materials, including high-temperature semiconducting polymers, electrochromics, electrochemical transistors, and semiconducting polymers for bioelectronic medicine.

Mei’s research program draws on a diverse array of expertise from synthetic chemistry, materials science, device engineering, and scalable manufacturing. He has published more than 100 research papers with more than 14,000 citations and has been awarded nearly $10 million in funding from federal agencies and industrial partners.

Mei is also the cofounder and scientific advisor of Ambilight Inc., a company that specializes in roll-to-roll manufacturing of next-generation electrochromic smart windows, which released its first commercial product in 2019 and has already raised more than $250 million.

NAMED ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

Named administrative appointments have enduring impact and provide valuable funding to support University leaders as they realize their vision for the college, school, or program they direct. These donor-funded appointments help Purdue entice the best leadership to our University and help make possible our pledge to our students: higher education at the highest proven value.

Our deepest thanks to the donors who have made so many of these professorships possible.

NAMED ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

Eric L. Barker

Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean of Pharmacy, Pharmacy

ERIC BARKER is a noted neuropharmacologist, award-winning teacher, skilled academic leader, and pharmacist. His research interests are in the area of molecular actions of drugs of abuse and other drugs that affect the brain.

Barker’s research has received grant support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Lilly Research Laboratories, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Barker has been recognized for his efforts in teaching medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. He is a member of the Purdue Teaching Academy and a recipient of both the College of Pharmacy Dr. Aziz Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and the Purdue University Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Barker is a member of several professional associations, including the American Pharmacists Association, Society for Neuroscience, and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, where he has served in leadership positions for the neuropharmacology division. He also served as editor-in-chief for Pharmacological Reviews, a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal, from 2016–2021.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2018 Distinguished Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
  • 2013 The Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University
  • 2011–2017 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2011–2012 Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program

Young-Jun Son

James J. Solberg Head of Industrial Engineering, Engineering

YOUNG-JUN SON’s research focuses on a data-driven multi-scale simulation and decision model needed for design and control in various applications, including extended-manufacturing enterprise, homeland security, health care, and social networking.

The former department head and professor of systems and industrial engineering at the University of Arizona, Son has authored or coauthored more than 110 journal papers and more than 100 conference papers. His research has been funded by several federal agencies and multiple industrial partners.

Son is a fellow and senior vice president of continuing education in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and a department editor for IISE Transactions journal. For the past six years, he has been recognized at the IISE Annual Conference with the Expo Best Track Paper Award. Son is also member of the Meetings Committee for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and a board member for its Winter Simulation Conference.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2016 Alumni of the Year Award, Industrial and Management Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology
  • 2014 Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • 2005 Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award, Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • 2004 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

David M. Umulis

Dane A. Miller Head of Biomedical Engineering, Engineering

DAVID UMULIS is regarded as an impactful research leader, a widely respected mentor to young faculty colleagues, and an administrator with a proven track record.

In addition to his position with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Umulis is also the director of the EMBRIO Institute, a collaboration of faculty members from six universities that combines simulation and artificial intelligence (AI) with cell biology to discover mechanisms of wound repair and cellular defense. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), EMBRIO is an extension of Umulis’s innovative work that uses high performance computing and AI to support biological discovery in organismal development.

Umulis is a leader in the training and support of the next generation of diverse STEM leaders. He has completed NSF-sponsored research in engineering formation to study how computational thinking, when woven into an integrative biological-engineering curriculum, leads to improved self-efficacy and stronger engineering identity formation.

Umulis serves on numerous grant review panels and boards, including the European Science Foundation, and is a standing member on the National Institutes of Health’s Development-1 study section. He has also served on more than 15 government review panels at the NIH. Umulis currently serves as associate editor of the field-leading journal PLOS Computational Biology.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2021 Director, NSF EMBRIO Institute, Purdue University
  • 2021 Henry T. Yang Leadership in Service Award, College of Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2013 Elected Member, Teaching Academy, Purdue University
  • 2012 Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award for Teaching, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

NAMED PROFESSORSHIPS

As part of our commitment to excellence in discovery, learning, and engagement, Purdue University awards named professorships to exceptionally original, creative, and productive faculty whose scholarly achievements have been internationally recognized or who have made a unique contribution to the University. These honors help Purdue recruit and retain the very best scholars and researchers and maintain preeminence among its peers.

Our deepest thanks to the donors who have made so many of these professorships possible.

NAMED PROFESSORSHIPS

Zhuming Bi

Harris Chair of Wireless Communication and Applied Research, Purdue Fort Wayne

ZHUMING BI has made distinctive contributions in advancing manufacturing theory, having proposed the new concepts digital triads and Internet of Digital Triad Things to represent the evolution of sustainable manufacturing in an extended-system life cycle.

This innovation has addressed the limitations of enterprise architecture (EA) in conventional manufacturing system theories. Enterprise architecture is commonly introduced to stabilize the organizations and simplify the interactions among system resources, though it sacrifices system flexibility and adaptability to certain content. Bi has established a scientific base by developing and implementing reconfigurable and dynamic EA to accommodate both short- and long-term changes in a sustainable way.

Bi has also made significant contributions in developing a number of enabling technologies with integrated hardware and software solutions for system reconfiguration. Bi proposed a new configuration design methodology for reconfigurable robotic systems and has developed several new machining systems, including Exechon machines and tripod-based machines. Exechon machines are among the most successful parallel machines in the manufacturing industry.

As a professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Bi’s research interests include digital manufacturing, Industry 4.0, mechatronics, human-machine interaction, Industrial Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, finite element analysis, and enterprise systems.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • PhD, Mechatronic Control and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • BS, Manufacturing Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, China

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2018 Region 4 Outstanding Professional Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2018 Sigma Xi Science Teacher of the Year, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • 2017 Outstanding Research Award, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • 2017 Featured Faculty Award for Research Excellence, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Mario J. Crucini

Jerry and Rosie Semler Chair in Economics, Management

MARIO CRUCINI has made several important contributions to the field of international macroeconomics—his work has helped broaden our understanding of determinants of international business cycles, the dynamic interactions of nominal currency exchange rates and retail prices, the extent to which globalization has narrowed wage and price differences across nations, and the macroeconomic effects of tariff protection.

Crucini’s research interests include real exchange rates, the terms of trade, international business cycles, and the economic history of the interwar period. Combining theory and empirics, his work often involves the assembly of brand-new data to better address research questions and showcases a mix of statistical and applied econometric skills, ranging from reduced-form modeling to Bayesian simulation of dynamic structural models.

Due to his long-standing interest in the evolution of market prices and technological opportunities, his publications have frequently contributed to topics ranging from the international diffusion of the automobile at the turn of the 20th century to the relationship between county-level U.S. business cycles and fiscal stimulus during the Great Recession.

Crucini is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the managing director of the Center for International Price Research. He serves as a senior fellow at the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Research Bank of Dallas and previously served as both editor and associate editor for several top general interest and field journals in economics. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics.

In 2021, Crucini came to Purdue from Vanderbilt University, where he mentored and advised PhD and undergraduate students, served as director of the undergraduate honors program, and chaired 17 PhD dissertations.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Economics, University of Rochester
  • MA, Economics, University of Rochester
  • BA, Economics, University of Western Ontario, Canada

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2016 Littlejohn Faculty Fellow, Vanderbilt University
  • 2013–2014 President, International Finance and Economics Society
  • 2003–2005 Member, Economics Review Panel, National Science Foundation
  • 1990–2000 Who’s Who in Economics, Fourth Edition

Jeffrey P. Greeley

Charles D. and Nancy G. Davidson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Engineering

JEFFREY GREELEY has contributed to the development of fundamental knowledge in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, and lithium-ion batteries. His efforts have significantly expanded the classes of catalytic systems that can be treated with density function theory and have led to the computationally based discovery of new catalytic materials.

Greeley’s research is broadly focused on enhancing society’s ability to meet critical energy and environmental challenges by understanding, predicting, and controlling the interactions of molecules with solid surfaces. He addresses these needs with a unique combination of detailed focus on surface thermodynamics and distillation of the essence of kinetics from microkinetic analysis and mechanistic reduction.

His work includes research problems with solutions that impact the frontiers of the field, development of new or significantly expanded atomic-level theory that matches the demands of the problem at hand, use of computational screening and other concepts to dramatically increase the scope of the solutions and identify targeted new materials, and close interaction with experimentalists in both materials development and analysis of detailed-reaction kinetics.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2017 Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor, College of Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2016–2021 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2011 Early Career Research Award, U.S. Department of Energy

Dan Jiao

Synopsys Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

DAN JIAO is a world leader in the field of computational electromagnetics for designing and optimizing the coming generation of analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits and communication systems. Her work in fast electromagnetic solvers addresses fundamental problems that require a suite of complex tools, including time-domain and frequency-domain techniques as well as differential and integral equations.

Jiao was the first to achieve a full-wave solution for full-chip power grid analysis, deployed in Intel’s Pentium 4 power grid design. She created the first explicit time-domain method that is unconditionally stable, removing a long-lasting major bottleneck in time-domain analysis. She also invented a fast and accurate method for nonlinear signaling analysis, breaking the computational barrier for handling 10^195+ nonlinear simulations in feasible run time.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jiao has received multiple honors and awards for her contributions—contributions that have been published in nearly 100 journal papers, more than 200 conference papers and presentations, three book chapters, and two patents. Her work has been supported by both federal agencies and industry.

Jiao serves as associate head of resource planning and management in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, she served as chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s Women in Engineering Program.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Anhui University, China
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Anhui University, China

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2020 Distinguished Microwave Lecturer, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
  • 2019 Outstanding Research Award, Intel
  • 2013 S.A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
  • 2008 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation

Signe E. Kastberg

Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Education, Education

SIGNE KASTBERG is a valued mentor and an accomplished teacher. Her scholarship focuses on K–12 teaching practices of mathematics, K–12 mathematics teachers’ knowledge, and mathematics teacher education.

Kastberg studies children, prospective teachers, and teacher educators as learners. Her research interests include how teachers reason about mathematics as learners and how teacher-educator practice enables productive teacher learning.

Engaged in teacher education since the beginning of her academic career, Kastberg has authored 49 peer-reviewed papers that have been published in many of the top teacher-education journals, four books, and 13 book chapters. Her publications address various interdisciplinary issues, such as creativity, building learning communities, supporting struggling learners and students with disabilities, equity, and social justice.

Kastberg has redesigned several mathematics-methods courses in the College of Education and has also designed and delivered multi-year professional development projects for practicing teachers. She developed the Purdue Pen Pals program, which provides opportunities for Purdue students to engage in problem-solving activities with local elementary school children.

Beyond her teaching at Purdue, Kastberg partners in local and statewide professional-development efforts.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
  • MA, Mathematics, University of Georgia
  • BA, Mathematics, Keene State College

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2021–2022 Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award, Purdue University
  • 2020 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, College of Education, Purdue University
  • 2018 Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics Teacher Education Award, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • 2017 Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue University

Shihuan Kuang

Cancer Center Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Agriculture

SHIHUAN KUANG has made several fundamental discoveries that have advanced the knowledge of muscle- and adipose-tissue development. These discoveries include determining the role Notch signaling plays in asymmetric division and cell-fate determination of skeletal muscle stem cells. His work on how inhibition of Notch signaling promotes the browning of white adipocytes and the amelioration of obesity and type 2 diabetes was a significant step forward in the understanding of fat cell development and plasticity. He has also contributed to the understanding of the common and distinct developmental origins of fat and muscle cells and the crosstalk between these cells that governs tissue homeostasis.

In translating the fundamental research, Kuang has collaborated with engineering experts to develop a nanoparticular drug-delivery system that explicitly targets Notch signaling in white adipose to overcome obesity in animal models. This knowledge and technology formed the foundation of the Purdue-based Adipo Therapeutics LLC, where Kuang serves as a scientific advisor.

Kuang has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and four U.S. patents that have, together, received over 12,000 citations. As a mentor, he has served on 52 graduate committees and has trained 13 postdoctoral fellows, six master’s students, 24 doctoral candidates, 21 undergraduate researchers, and 16 international scholars.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Alberta, Canada
  • MS, Marine Biology, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • BS, Biology, Nanchang University, China

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2017–2021 Member, Skeletal Muscle and Exercise Physiology Panel, National Institutes of Health
  • 2016 Showalter Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2015–2020 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2014 Agricultural Research Award, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

Zoltan K. Nagy

Arvind Varma Professor of Chemical Engineering, Engineering

ZOLTAN NAGY has emerged as a global leader in advanced manufacturing technologies for pharmaceuticals. His research focuses on the development and application of process-systems engineering approaches and tools for engineered-product design and optimal-process operation, with applications in pharmaceutical, fine chemical, biotechnology, food, and agrochemical industries.

His research combines modeling, optimization, and advanced-control approaches with experimental investigations using modern measurement techniques to develop theoretically founded and practical methodologies for complex processes, with quantifiable system-performance improvements that can be supported in an industrial environment.

Nagy’s work uses process intensification, digital design, and quality-by-control concepts to help shift pharmaceutical processes from batch to continuous manufacturing mode. This produces great gains in productivity, security, sustainability, and cost, using quality-by-design to develop products with tailor-made properties and the processes to manufacture them. His work includes several pioneering innovations in the field of crystallization control, all of which are examples of the innovative use of computing and systems technologies in the field of particulate processing.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Cluj, Romania
  • MS, Catalysis and Biocatalysis, University of Cluj, Romania
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Cluj, Romania

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2020–2022 Most Impactful Inventors, Purdue University
  • 2018 Excellence in Process Development Research Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2017 Model-Based Innovation Prize, Siemens Process Systems Engineering
  • 2015–2020 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University

Evgeniy Narimanov

Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

EVGENIY NARIMANOV is a world leader in the fields of nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics. His work in optical imaging and metamaterials has resulted in several new fields of optics research.

The concept of hyperbolic metamaterials, which Narimanov introduced and developed, has become a groundbreaking field with several thousand research papers published every year. He proposed the hyperlens—a practically feasible super-resolution imaging device. Narimanov also introduced the concept of the optical “black hole,” a metamaterial-based concentrator of light that was experimentally validated in 2010 and 2011. His other trailblazing concepts include novel microlasers and “stealth” communication systems.

Narimanov was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, its most prestigious early-career research grant, and one of the inaugural virtual lab faculty fellows in the College of Engineering.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  • MS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  • BS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2019 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award, Purdue University
  • 2016 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2010 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2009 Fellow, Optica

Haley F. Oliver

150th Anniversary Professor in the College of Agriculture, Agriculture

HALEY OLIVER is committed to food safety education, and her accomplishments as a teacher, mentor, and researcher have been recognized with many awards at the college, university, and national levels.

Since joining the faculty of the Department of Food Science in 2010, Oliver has taught courses related to food safety, redesigned and developed new food safety courses, and built a multidisciplinary food safety training pipeline from primary education through graduate study. She has also devoted her efforts to international teaching and capacity building in Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Oliver is director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and jointly managed by Purdue University and Cornell University. Under her direction, the lab leverages extensive experience in international food safety research and education. The lab is also responsible for a portfolio of food-safety and capacity-development projects designed to increase awareness of food safety; enhance capacity to conduct food safety research; develop policies to enable conditions for food safety research, translation, and practice; and accelerate translational-research technologies and practices for households, communities, and the food industry in Asia and Africa.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Food Science, Cornell University
  • BS, Microbiology, University of Wyoming
  • BS, Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2022 James M. Jay Diversity in Food Safety Award, International Association for Food Protection
  • 2019 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
  • 2018 Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue University
  • 2018 Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Lectureship, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Irith Pomeranz

Cadence Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

IRITH POMERANZ is a world leader in the field of testing and diagnosis of integrated circuits. Electronic chip manufacturing processes result in hardware defects that can prevent chips—and the many systems that include them—from operating correctly. Preventing defective chips from ending up in systems requires extensive testing that can add significant costs to the overall system. Pomeranz has conducted extensive research that has resulted in new approaches and algorithms that dramatically improve test quality and lower costs.

A recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, Pomeranz has received multiple best paper awards in leading conferences in her field. She has published more than 250 journal papers and more than 300 conference papers.

Pomeranz teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students. She developed and taught a course on digital logic synthesis for senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as an online version of a core computer engineering graduate course on computational models and methods. Additionally, her collaboration with Siemens Industry Software allows her graduate students to benefit from training in an industrial environment.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • BS, Computer Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2020 Featured Author, IEEE Xplore
  • 2016 Most Significant Paper Published 10 Years Earlier, International Test Conference
  • 2006 Golden Core Member, IEEE Computer Society
  • 1999 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Amy R. Reibman

Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

AMY REIBMAN is a world leader in the fields of image and video processing and transport over wireless communication systems. Her work in digital video compression and streaming has been groundbreaking, particularly for wireless systems. Reibman pioneered a number of methods that allow effective transmission of images and videos over channels where data can be easily lost, including the multiple-description technique.

Reibman has made significant contributions in the area of video-quality assessment. In 2004, she introduced the first method to assess quality loss due to packet loss through a transmission network. Her work has been supported by both federal agencies and industry.

Reibman has published 44 journal papers, 121 conference papers, one edited book, and more than 60 patents. She served as a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2008 to 2009.

Reibman serves as the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s associate head of faculty mentorship and recognition. She has also served as the chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee and as a member of the IEEE Awards Committee. She served as the associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and as a guest editor for several special issues in leading journals.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Duke University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Duke University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Duke University

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2017 Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2008–2009 Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • 2005 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • 1998 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society

Pavlos Vlachos

St. Vincent Health Professor of Healthcare Engineering, Discovery Park

PAVLOS VLACHOS is a leading expert in experimental fluid mechanics with an emphasis on interdisciplinary measurement science—especially at the intersection of mechanics with biological, biomedical, and clinical systems. His research addresses translational and clinical research leading to technologies that reach medical practice as well as measurement and data science in physical systems.

Vlachos has made scientific and engineering contributions to the quantification of uncertainty in complex measurement systems. His discoveries and innovations have led to new understanding and technologies for heart failure, cardiovascular diseases, and tissue biotransport with applications to oncology, drug delivery, and injection biomechanics. He has also made discoveries on how animals and microorganisms interact with their fluid environments. Vlachos’s research helped launch Purdue’s partnership with Eli Lilly on injectable biopharmaceuticals, and his collaborative leadership is making an impact in the area of drug delivery for monoclonal antibodies.

Since being named director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Vlachos has made health-care equity a central priority and has focused activities toward translation, implementation, and impact at the health-care system and population levels.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2022 Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers
  • 2020 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2015 University Faculty Fellow, Purdue University
  • 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Melinda S. Zook

Germaine Seelye Oesterle Professor in History, Liberal Arts

MELINDA ZOOK is a specialist in the history of political thought, religion, and women in early modern Britain. She teaches courses on English and medieval history as well as on topics that include Shakespeare’s kings, great books and the search for meaning, and the history of toleration.

As director of Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program through Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts, Zook teaches a course on Transformative Texts: Communication and Critical Thinking. Designed for all undergraduate students, Cornerstone is a 15–credit hour certificate program that offers classes that are complementary to a student’s area of study and fosters the creative thinking that makes good business and industry leaders.

The articles Zook has published cover radical politics, martyrdom, political poetry, women, religion, and teaching. Her book Radical Whigs and Conspiratorial Politics in late Stuart England was published by Penn State Press in 1999 with a paperback edition in 2009. In 2013, she published Protestantism, Politics, and Women in Britain, 1660–1714 through Palgrave MacMillan and was awarded Best Book on Gender for 2013 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.

Zook is the coeditor of Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World (2004), Challenging Orthodoxies: The Social and Cultural World of Early Modern Women (2014), and Generations of Women Historians: Within and Beyond the Academy (2018).

EDUCATION

  • PhD, History, Georgetown University
  • MA, History, George Washington University
  • BA, English, Washington University

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2022 Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue University
  • 2019 Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award, Mortar Board Society, Purdue University
  • 2018 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2016 Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIPS

Distinguished professorships honor faculty members who have made exceptional intellectual contributions to their individual discipline or field, advancing the overall mission of Purdue University through outstanding instruction, leadership, scholarship, and peer recognition. The purpose of these appointments is to enrich the intellectual environment by retaining and attracting truly exceptional individuals on the faculty.

Our deepest thanks to the donors who have made so many of these professorships possible.

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIPS

Jerome M. Adams

Distinguished Professor of Practice, Pharmacy

JEROME ADAMS was at the forefront of the nation’s most pressing health challenges during his tenure as the 20th U.S. surgeon general. A licensed anesthesiologist, Adams was the operational head of the 6,000-person U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and oversaw responses to the coronavirus pandemic, during which he was a member of the president’s COVID-19 task force, as well as three Category 5 hurricanes.

Prior to his position with the federal government, Adams served as Indiana state health commissioner. In this role, he was responsible for more than 1,000 employees and a $350 million budget and led Indiana’s response to Ebola, Zika, and HIV crises. Adams advocated for legislation that legalized syringe service programs in Indiana and prioritized $13 million in funding to combat infant mortality.

Adams has worked with organizations to navigate the opioid epidemic, maternal health, rising rates of chronic disease, and the impacts of rising suicide rates in the U.S. and has helped businesses learn how to become better stewards in promoting community health.

Adams currently works with colleagues across Purdue, around the state of Indiana, and beyond to elevate the awareness and impact of Purdue’s science-based public health programs, research, and engagement.

EDUCATION

  • MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • BA, Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2022 Golden Eagle Award, Society of American Military Engineers
  • 2019–2020 100 Most Influential People In Healthcare, Modern Healthcare
  • 2017–2021 20th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 2017 Sagamore of the Wabash Award, State of Indiana

Harm HogenEsch

Distinguished Professor of Immunopathology, Veterinary Medicine

HARM HOGENESCH is internationally recognized for his research in vaccine development, specifically the formulation and development of vaccines with adjuvants to enhance their performance, as well as his expertise in mouse pathology, specifically the pathology of inflammatory disease in mutant and genetically engineered mouse models.

HogenEsch is one of a few experts in the world on aluminum-containing vaccine adjuvants, which are the most commonly used adjuvants in human vaccines that have been used in billions of vaccine doses since the 1940s. His research has provided insight into the mechanisms by which vaccine antigens adsorb to aluminum adjuvants and how this affects the outcome of an immune response. This knowledge is used by vaccine companies in order to optimize their vaccine formulations and obtain stable and effective products.

Recently, HogenEsch developed a novel plant-derived nanoparticle adjuvant. The nanoparticles are biodegradable, inexpensive, and safe and have potential applications for human and animal health.

His work in mouse pathology has led to the development of a method to comprehensively analyze the skin lipid profile in normal and diseased skin. This work has been translated into the identification of lipid biomarkers for canine atopic dermatitis, the most common skin disease in dogs.

HogenEsch previously served as head of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, and is currently the associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been an advisor for 12 graduate students and 12 postdoctoral fellows.

EDUCATION

  • DVM, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2022 Alumni Faculty Award for Excellence, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
  • 2019 Excellence in Research Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
  • 2010 and 2007 Seed for Success Award, Purdue University
  • 1999 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, International Cytokine and Interferon Society

Sabre Kais

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Science

SABRE KAIS is one of the world’s leaders in the field of quantum information science. His work focuses on quantum computation and quantum information to treat near-term applications of quantum simulation and quantum-computing devices, quantum information and computation for chemistry, and dimensional scaling and finite-size scaling for quantum phase transitions and critical phenomena.

Kais has made numerous contributions to quantum theory and quantum computing, including the creation of novel quantum-computing algorithms for chemical calculations and the formulation of finite-size scaling algorithms for assessing the stability of atomic and molecular systems.

Kais was the first to characterize the creation complexity of quantum states, which may lead to a systematic strategy for designing quantum algorithms. He has also made significant advances in quantum machine learning, quantum entanglement, quantum coherence, adiabatic quantum computing, and quantum games for educational purposes.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Theoretical Chemistry, Hebrew University, Israel
  • MS, Theoretical Chemistry, Hebrew University, Israel
  • BS, Chemistry, Hebrew University, Israel

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2019 Herbert Newby McCoy Award, Purdue University
  • 2012 Sigma Xi Research Award, Purdue University
  • 2007 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Linda S. Lee

Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, Agriculture

LINDA LEE is a highly regarded environmental chemist with three decades of distinguished research, teaching, mentoring, and service. She is an expert in environmental chemistry, fate, and exposure aspects of legacy contaminants and several emerging compounds of concern.

Known internationally for her basic process-level research, Lee has a reputation for unraveling the complexity of environmental dynamics of a broad spectrum of contaminants. Using these insights, she has provided simplified approaches to predicting chemical fate to improve policy and management strategies.

Lee leads the research on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States. These synthetic chemicals are used in manufacturing processes, heat-stable lubricants, fire-fighting foams, and many consumer products to impart stain, water, or heat resistance. PFAS have been associated with numerous health issues, including cancer, congenital disabilities, and compromised immune systems in both humans and animals. They persist in the environment permanently, and high levels can be found in foods consumed by humans.

Lee’s research focuses on treating PFAS-contaminated soils, water, and biosolids. She investigates remediation technologies for on-site cleanup of groundwater and has received a patent for one of her PFAS-remediation technologies.

In 2005, Lee launched the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, which provides students with tools to promote behavior, processes, and policies for a healthy environment, economy, and quality of life.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Soil Chemistry and Contaminant Hydrology, University of Florida
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Florida
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Florida

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2021 Environmental Quality Research Award, American Society of Agronomy
  • 2019 Paper of the Year, Water Environment Research Journal
  • 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teacher/Mentor Award, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
  • 2004 Fellow, Soil Science Society of America

J. Paul Robinson

Distinguished Professor of Cytometry, Veterinary Medicine

J. PAUL ROBINSON is internationally recognized for his many groundbreaking scientific achievements and is widely admired for his inventions and advancements in the field of flow cytometry and imaging. His most impactful contributions include his work in fluorescence spectroscopic analysis and the use of elastic light scatter for the detection of pathogenic organisms.

With an interest in the evaluation of phenotypic analysis of blood cells, Robinson and his team have developed several cell-analysis technologies for functional analysis of white blood cells using flow cytometry and various imaging modalities. His lab has significant experience in evaluating phenotypic status of blood samples, particularly the dissection of T cells, B cells, and a variety of other cellular subsets. He also has experience in sorting cell populations for future cell-culturing needs or for additional molecular genetic analysis.

Robinson’s early innovations in cytometry set the stage for technologies that are still in use today, and he remains active in his field with recent innovative contributions to spectral imaging. His engagement and outreach supports science, education, and health through low-cost diagnostics in Africa and other resource-limited parts of the world.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • MS, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • BS, University of New South Wales, Australia

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2020 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2019 Distinguished Service Award, International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry
  • 2016 Excellence in Research Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
  • 2004 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Lynne S. Taylor

Retter Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Pharmacy

LYNNE TAYLOR is an internationally recognized leader in pharmaceutical formulations, with expertise in evaluating solid-state stability, developing a new understanding of release mechanisms, translating findings toward in vivo predictability, and improving descriptions of supersaturation in biorelevant fluids.

Taylor’s research focuses on the molecular aspects of drug delivery and formulation, specifically in the areas of phase transformations, solid dispersions and amorphous systems, physical and chemical stability of pharmaceutics, and water-solid interactions. By developing new strategies to enhance the oral delivery of poor water-soluble drugs, her work has significantly impacted the pharmaceutics field.

Collaborating often with other academic groups and scientists working in industry, Taylor and her research team explore the fundamental science underlying the preformulation, formulation, and manufacturing of drugs and drug, nutraceutical, and food products. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a variety of pharmaceutical and food companies.

Taylor is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Bath, United Kingdom

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2020 Dale E. Wurster Research Award, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • 2019 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Graduate School, Purdue University
  • 2018 Editor-in-Chief, Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • 2014 Craver Award in Applied Vibrational Spectroscopy, Coblentz Society