Purdue Notebook

January 5, 2007

Appointments and promotions

— Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology, has been named director of the College of Liberal Arts Women's Studies program. Moghadam comes to Purdue this semester from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, where she was the chief of gender equality and development in the social and human services sector. She has held positions at Illinois State University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United Nations University, University of Helsinki and Rutgers University.

— Jeff Demerly has been selected as the director of development for the College of Agriculture. Since January 2006, he has been serving as a development assistant in the School of Industrial Engineering. Demerly graduated from Purdue in December and was active in the Purdue Foundation Student Board while he was a student, having been honored by the organization as an outstanding member of the year. 

— Betsy Liley has been chosen as the director of the Office of Foundation Relations. Since 2000, she has been the grants and special projects director for the Burlington School District in Vermont. Liley received a bachelor's degree in communications from Purdue in May 1986 and was editor in chief of the Purdue Exponent while a student and later served as the newspaper's news adviser.

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Faculty and staff honors

— Makarand Hastak has been named the head of the School of Civil Engineering's Construction Engineering and Management program for a three-year term. Hastak joined the Purdue faculty in 2001. He received his undergraduate education in India, his master's degree from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate degree from Purdue, all in civil engineering. He serves as the research director for the Purdue Housing Research Center and represents Purdue at the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers. Hastak also received the 2006 Roy E. and Myrna Wansik Civil Engineering Research Award in recognition of outstanding research in the School of Civil Engineering.

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Alumni honors

— Carrie L. Warner, a 1995 graduate from the Purdue School of Civil Engineering, has been named one of Crain's Chicago Business Top 40 Under 40 for 2006. The award recognizes individuals who are younger than 40 years of age who have distinguished themselves professionally. Warner is a senior project engineer at Halvorson & Partners in Chicago. She is currently working on the design for the 2,000-foot-tall Moscow City Tower in the Russian capital. When it is completed in 2009, it will be the tallest building in Europe and one of the tallest in the world. While at Purdue, she was involved with Mortar Board, Alpha Chi Omega and Purdue Engineering Student Council.


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