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February 22, 2007

National Academy of Engineering elects Purdue professor

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National Academy of Engineering has elected a Purdue University chemical engineering professor into its society.

Gintaras "Rex" Reklaitis is among 64 new members and nine foreign associates elected into the academy this year.

"Election to membership in the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest distinctions that can be bestowed on an engineer," said Leah Jamieson, Purdue's John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and a 2005 academy inductee. "Rex is being recognized for his contributions to research and education. This speaks volumes about the impact that his work has had.

"His election is a great honor for Rex and for Purdue."

With the election of Reklaitis, Purdue has 17 current and retired faculty members of the National Academy of Engineering.

Reklaitis has been on the Purdue faculty since 1970 and served as head of the School of Chemical Engineering from 1987 to 2003. He is the Edward W. Comings Professor of Chemical Engineering, co-director of Purdue's Pharmaceutical Technology and Education Center, and deputy director of the multi-university National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center on structured organic particulate composites, of which Purdue is a partner.

"I am especially honored because this recognition is bestowed by my peers," Reklaitis said. "As a professor at an institution known for its outstanding engineering programs, it is gratifying that the award recognizes contributions to both research and education."

Reklaitis was nominated for "developing the theory and application of batch design, scheduling and optimization tools, and for outstanding contributions to education." His current research interests are to develop model-predictive tools and process systems engineering approaches for pharmaceutical products and processes for development and manufacturing.

Reklaitis earned a bachelor's degree in science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. He is the recipient of several professional recognitions, including serving on the board of directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Professional Achievement Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Computers and Chemical Engineering. He also has served on several editorial advisory boards, including the Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation.

The National Academy of Engineering has 2,217 peer-elected members and 188 foreign associates who are among the world's most accomplished engineers in academia, business and government. Members are chosen for their outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Sources: Leah Jamison, (765) 494-4966, ihj@purdue.edu

Rex Reklaitis, (765) 494-9662, reklaiti@purdue.edu

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