Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards
Online learning, science education modeling and stronger, more
corrosive-resistant concrete are some of the topics being covered by
Purdue faculty members who have received Early Career Development
(CAREER) Program Awards from the National Science Foundation.
Jennifer DeBoer, assistant professor in the School of Engineering Education, received funding for her proposal, “Assessing and improving online
learning spaces for diverse and high-attrition engineering students.”
DeBoer will analyze underrepresented or high attrition student groups,
study undergraduate online and blended learning in various contexts,
and track individual student behaviors to better explain differences
in student success and better recommend support systems tailored to
Kendra Erk, assistant professor of materials engineering, was honored
for her project, “Water-based gels containing polymer and cement-like
particles for improved curing of high-performance concrete.” She will be
developing new internal curing agents for stronger and more corrosion-resistant concrete, which could be used to repair and replace the country’s aging infrastructure.
Morgan Hynes, assistant professor of engineering education, received
funding for his project, “Broadening contexts to motivate participation in
engineering.” Hynes will investigate how fifth to eighth graders’ engagement in and perceptions of engineering are influenced through participation in certain engineering challenges. Ultimately, he wants to develop
engineering curriculum materials that intentionally integrate students’
personal interests in engineering design challenges.
Rebecca Kramer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was
honored for her project, “Understanding the printability of liquid metal
dispersions for additive manufacturing.” Kramer will investigate an
additive manufacturing process using liquid metal. The work has the
potential to enable a new class of stretchable electronic devices to serve
as platforms for soft robotics, active orthotics and other uses.
Alejandra Magana, assistant professor of computer and information
technology, received funding for her project, “Authentic modeling and
simulation practices for enhancing model-based reasoning in engineering education.” Magana will take proven ideas from existing research
in models and simulations in science education to further research in
characterizing and enhancing computational and modeling skills for
undergraduate students from civil engineering, mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering and materials engineering.
Besma Smida, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was honored for her project, “Full-duplex wireless networks by
means of reflected power: Theory and applications.” Smida will pursue
backscatter modulation, in which electromagnetic waves are modulated and reflected by the same antenna that receives them. Results will
advance the knowledge of antenna scattering and extend the limit of
The NSF’s CAREER Program offers the foundation’s most prestigious
awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-
scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the
integration of education and research.
Purdue Libraries Receives
2015 ACRL Award
Purdue University Libraries has been
chosen for the top honor in the 2015
Association of College and Research
Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Libraries
Purdue was honored in the university
category for redefining the role of libraries to meet the needs and expectations
of its university; creating a research
community in the 21st century through
innovative programs and projects in
information literacy; new space designs;
new publishing models; and international
collaborations and data management.
“Purdue University Libraries succeeds by
being experimental, taking risks, innovating and leveraging collaboration with
their faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to push the boundaries of
what research university libraries can
accomplish for their community, locally
and globally,” said Steven Bell, chair of
the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and associate university
librarian for research and instructional
services at Temple University.
“The faculty and staff of the Purdue
University Libraries are proud of the progress that we have made to define the role
of the 21st-century research library within
its university community,” said James L.
Mullins, dean of libraries and the Esther
Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science at
Purdue. “To have our creativity, innovation, and dedication recognized through
this important award is a wonderful
The award will be presented in a ceremony at Purdue on April 23 by the president
of ACRL, Karen Williams, dean of libraries,
University of Arizona.