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February 9, 2009

National Academy of Engineering elects Purdue professors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National Academy of Engineering has elected two Purdue University engineering professors into its society.

Mark S. Lundstrom, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Doraiswami Ramkrishna, a professor of chemical engineering, are among the 65 new members and nine foreign associates elected to 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.

Mark Lundstrom
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Lundstrom was elected for his leadership in microelectronics and nanoelectronics through research, innovative education and unique applications of cyberinfrastructure. Ramkrishna was chosen for creation of new model concepts and solutions that improved the engineering of biological and particulate processes.

Lundstrom is Purdue's Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and joined the Purdue faculty after completing his doctorate on the West Lafayette campus in 1980.

He is the founding director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, a collection of six universities that engages the nanotechnology community in a virtual group of simulation developers and users. It now serves more than 90,000 individuals with online simulation and educational services each year. 

His research uses theory, modeling and computer simulation to understand the physics and ultimate limits of electronic devices, to explore new devices, and to understand carrier transport in semiconductor devices.

Lundstrom received the 1993 American Society for Engineering Education's Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the 1995 D.D. Ewing Award from Purdue's School of Electrical Engineering, and the 1996 A.A. Potter Best Teacher in Engineering Award. He and colleague Supriyo Datta shared the 2002 Technical Achievement Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation as well as the IEEE's 2002 Cledo Brunetti Award for their work on nanoscale electronics. In 2005 Lundstrom received the University Researcher Award from the Semiconductor Industry Association for his career contributions.

Doraiswami Ramkrishna
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Ramkrishna is Purdue's Harry Creighton Peffer Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Bombay and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He has been at Purdue since 1976.

Ramkrishna's research group applies mathematics to solving problems in chemical and biochemical reaction engineering, biotechnology and biomedical engineering. The group's research ideas use linear and nonlinear analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations, stochastic processes and population balance modeling involving integro-partial differential equations.

A new project is aimed at constructing mathematical models for signal transduction processes connected with transferring drug resistance between different cells. Ramkrishna also is associated with new research in cancer care engineering at Purdue, specifically mathematical modeling of the development of colorectal cancer based on information gleaned from clinical and biological data obtained from patients.

Among his honors are the 1987 Alpha Chi Sigma Award, the 1998 Wilhelm Reaction Engineering Award and the 2004 Thomas Baron Award, all from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the 2001 Humboldt Award, a 2004 Honorary Doctor of Science Award from the University of Minnesota and the 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Bombay. 

Purdue now has 22 current and retired faculty members of the National Academy of Engineering.

The National Academy of Engineering has 2,246 U.S. members and 197 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 field of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, (765) 494-2432,

Source: Leah Jamieson, (765) 494-5346,

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