February 6, 2009

Appointments, honors and activities

• Appointments and promotions— Monica M.C. Allain, former associate director of undergraduate education in Purdue's College of Engineering, has been named managing director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park. Allain was the lead materials engineer for Exelon Corp.'s Nuclear Integrated Surveillance Program. She also has performed research at academic and national laboratories such as the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory at the advanced photon source. She arrived at Purdue in October 2007 to lead the Purdue Women in Engineering Program's K-5 outreach effort and the Innovation to Reality Program for students in grades 6-8.

Monica M.C. Allain
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Allain also worked with the College of Engineering's recruitment office and the Minority Engineering Program where she focused on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in engineering.  She received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics from California Polytechnic University, and her master's and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

— Kathy J. DeGuilio-Fox has been named director of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana. She had formerly been its business development manager. She succeeds John M. Hanak, who became director of Purdue Research Park's statewide network of technology centers in 2008.

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DeGuilio-Fox's duties as director of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana include prospecting for and evaluating potential new technology-based client companies, providing support for the growth and development of early stage high-tech client

companies, and implementing and overseeing overall facility policies and services. Purdue Research Park in Merrillville is one of four Purdue Research Parks around the state that are anchored by the Purdue Technology Centers that serve as incubators for startup or expanding companies. The others are in West Lafayette, Indianapolis and New Albany.


• Campus activities

— The Student Wellness Office of the Purdue Student Health Center will staff a table from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 12) in the Recreational Sports Center to provide sexual health information, free safer sex supplies and Valentine's Day candy. The office planned the event as part of its informational campaign for Sexual Responsibility Week Feb. 9-13 and National Condom Day Feb. 14. Organizers said they hope to heighten awareness about sexual health issues, responsible sexual decision-making and healthy relationships.

• Faculty and staff honors

— Edward J. Delp, a Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received the Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The honor is the highest-level award bestowed by the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The organization recognized Delp for his "technical contributions to the areas of multimedia security and image and video coding." The Society Award honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within the scope of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and outstanding leadership in that field. The Society Award comprises a plaque, a certificate, and a monetary award of $2500.

— Designs by two professors from the College of Liberal Arts will be on exhibit in a New Orleans gallery. "Drain" is a chair created by Laura Drake, an assistant professor of visual and performing arts. It was manufactured with water jet cut aluminum plate. Steve Visser, professor of visual and performing arts, designed "Woodstalk." This piece is a bench made from Osage orange trees and corn stalks. "Drain" and "Woodstalk" will be on display during the "NEXT" exhibit, which runs Feb. 5-28 at the BECA (Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art) gallery.

-- Mary Nakhleh, professor in the colleges of science and education, has been named a fellow in the American Educational Research Association's Fellows program. The program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments and emphasizes the importance of sustained research and excellence in the field.

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