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April 19, 2002

Purdue honors 10 distinguished science alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ten outstanding graduates of Purdue University received Distinguished Alumni Awards from the university's School of Science today (Friday, 4/19) during an annual awards banquet.

The awards were established in 1990 to recognize graduates' contributions and achievements in science and related fields. The group was honored during a daylong series of programs and events.

"A university and its programs are ultimately evaluated by the quality of their alumni," said Harry Morrison, dean of Purdue's School of Science. "The School of Science is proud of these individuals, who, by their accomplishments, provide the most compelling evidence of Purdue's tradition of graduating outstanding scientists and mathematicians."

The 2002 recipients are:

• H. Richard Lawson, president and chief operating officer of Lawson Software, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and London.

• John Campbell, director of flight programs and projects at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Onancock, Va.

• Cecilia Sze, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc., Lexington, Mass.

• Sandra L. Postel, vice president of quality for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, Redmond, Wash.

• Chester (Skip) Watts, the Dalton Distinguished Professor of Geology at Radford University, Radford, Va.

• Christian T. Goralski, a scientist with The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich.

• Donald G. Saari, a distinguished professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Economics at the University of California, Irvine, Calif.

• Janet Denlinger, vice president of the Matrix Biology (Charitable) Institute, Ridgefield, N.J.

• Deng-Yuan Huang, professor and director at the institute of Applied Statistics and dean of the College of Management at Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.

• Tony Hiatt, a biology and environmental science teacher at South Newton Middle-Senior High School, Kentland, Ind.

Writer: Susan Gaidos, (765) 494-2081;

Source: Dinah McClure, (765) 494-1764,

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