Purdue News

February 4, 2005

Purdue focuses on homeland security during Engineers Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s College of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 21-25 with panels and lectures on how homeland security affects the field of engineering, featuring expertise from faculty, alumni and a panel of government and industry experts.

Edward J. Delp, at left
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Events will focus on accomplishments by Purdue engineers and spotlight national priorities. All events are free and open to the public.

"Making the world a safer place is a priority to every engineer," said Linda P.B. Katehi, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "This Engineers Week is our chance to talk about what’s important to citizens and professionals alike and to highlight the role engineering plays in making us all more secure."

John Sununu

One of the events will be a panel discussion, entitled Homeland Security: Engineering a Safer Tomorrow, moderated by former White House chief of staff John Sununu. The discussion, which focuses on new technologies needed to protect the nation from future terrorist attacks, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 24) in the Purdue Memorial Union’s South Ballroom.



David Kay

Panelists include Sandy Berger, former national security adviser; Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines; Reed Hundt, technology expert and former Federal Communications Commission chairman; David Kay, former International Atomic Energy Agency/United Nations Special Commission chief nuclear weapons inspector; and Jonathan Zittrain, cyberterrorism expert.

Katehi said Engineers Week also will be highlighted by a presentation of Purdue faculty research entitled "Homeland Security Technical Showcase."

Edward J. Delp III, Silicon Valley Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be the moderator at the Tuesday (Feb. 22) session that begins at 1:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. He also will talk about his research in anti-counterfeiting measures and document authentication.

Faculty presenting information about their research at the session include Stephen Beaudoin, associate professor in chemical engineering, who will talk about sensors for detection and removal of explosive and radioactive particles in public environments; Ness B. Shroff, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who will talk about network security over wireless networks and sensor networks; Lefteri Tsoukalas, professor and head of nuclear engineering, who will talk about security of the nation's power grid; Alok Chaturvedi, associate professor of management, who will talk about his work as director of Purdue's Homeland Security Institute; and Michael R. Ladisch, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who will talk about microelectromechanical systems sensors for the detection of food pathogens.

Other Engineers Week events are:

• Homeland Security: Purdue’s Engineering Alumni Connection, 1:30 p.m., Monday (Feb. 21), Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Purdue alumni will talk about how they’re meeting homeland security challenges in their professional endeavors.

• Homeland Security Technical Showcase, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday (Feb. 22), Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Homeland security-related research from Purdue is featured.

• Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation, 1:30 p.m., Friday (Feb. 25), Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The Distinguished Engineering Alumni for 2005 will speak about their time at Purdue and their professional lives. Honorees include Paul M. Bevilaqua from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works; Arthur J. Bond from Alabama A&M University; John A. Bratt from Tenax Corp.; Charles D. Davidson from Noble Energy Inc.; James Warren Hill from Hill Mechanical Group; Charles V. "Jack" Jakowatz Jr. from Sandia National Laboratories; and Cynthia A. Niekamp from BorgWarner Inc.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765)494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Sources: Linda P.B. Katehi, (765) 494-5346, katehi@purdue.edu

Edward Delp, (765) 494-1740, ace@purdue.edu

Stephen Beaudoin, (765) 494-4050, sbeaudoi@purdue.edu

Ness Shroff, (765)494-3471, shroff@purdue.edu

Lefteri Tsoukalas, (765) 494-0198, tsoukala@purdue.edu

Alok Chaturvedi, (765)494-9048, alok@purdue.edu

Micheal Ladisch, (765) 494-7022, ladisch@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photographs of members of the Homeland Seccurity: Engineering a Safer Tomorrow panel are available online. Publication-quality photographs of distinguished Purdue alumni who are returning to campus are also available online. Video b-roll will be available upon request. Presenters at Engineers Week can be available for interviews, and additional biographical information is available by contacting Maggie Morris at (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu.


Edward J. Delp, at left, a Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering, demonstrates a new large, high-resolution display with William Mengel, a consulting engineer for Thomson, a leading provider of technology and services for media and entertainment companies. Delp is the moderator for a session that features faculty research at Purdue's Engineers Week celebration, sponsored by the College of Engineering. Engineers Week is Feb. 22-26 and focuses on how homeland security affects the field of engineering, featuring expertise from faculty, alumni and a panel of government and industry experts. (Purdue News Service file photo/David Umberger)

A publication-quality photograph is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2004/engr-week.jpg


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