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2019 Alumni Awards

2019 Distinguished Alumni

Three Chemistry alums were recognized with 2019 College of Science Alumni Awards: Joe Allison (Ph.D. 1983) Distinguished Alumni Award; Livia Eberlin (Ph.D. 2012) Early Career Award;  Justin Wiseman (Ph.D. 2006) Entrepreneurial Award. Read more

2018 Distinguished Alumni


Jackie Magno (B.S. 1985) was presented the College of Science Distinguished Alumni Award in spring 2018. She is Operating Committee Chair and Managing Director for Golden Seeds Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Jackie spent 20 years in various executive and leadership roles at SAP, Business Objects, GE Healthcare, Novell and IBM. Read more

ACS Award


Valerie J. Kuck (M.S. 1965) a retired Bell Labs researcher, will receive the American Chemical Society Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal for her pioneering research on coatings for optical fibers and copper wire and for transformative achievements leading to a more diverse and inclusive chemical profession. Read more

2017 Outstanding Alumni

2017 Outstanding Alumni

David D. Koch and Barry A. J. Fisher were recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Read biographies

2017 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Foley

In Spring 2017, Henry C. "Hank" Foley (M.S., 1979) was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Read biography

In Memoriam: Professor Derek Davenport

Dr. Davenport

Professor Emeritus Derek Davenport died April 4, 2017 at the age of 89. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1953 and for many years, served as head the General Chemistry program, and received many undergraduate teaching awards.  Dr. Davenport served on many editorial boards and chaired both the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education and the Division of the History of Chemistry before retiring in 1994. Full obituary

Alumna shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses

Dr. Wayua

Charity Wayua (Ph.D., 2012) put her skills as a cancer researcher to use on an unlikely patient: the government of her native Kenya. Watch her TED Talk.

Alumni featured in P&G Black History Month video

P&G Alums

Ian Henry (Ph.D., 2008) and Rukeyser Thompson (Ph.D., 2002) were featured in a Procter & Gamble video recognizing P&G scientists with a vision. Watch it! And this news story.

In Memoriam: Professor Robert Benkeser

Dr. Benkeser

Professor Robert A. Benkeser died at the age of 96 on February 14, 2017. Bob came to Purdue as an assistant professor of chemistry and remained in the department until 1989, retiring as a Hovde Distinguished Service Professor. His research was in the area of organo-silicon chemistry, and he is known for the Benkeser Reduction Reaction that has been leveraged in industry chemical manufacturing processes. Bob served as Head of Chemistry from 1974-1978. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and research over his 43-year career at Purdue. Full obituary

ACS Award

Dr. Towns

Purdue alumna, M.S., 1990, Ph.D., 1994, and faculty member Marcy Towns will be presented the American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching & Learning of Chemistry. Read more

ACS Award in Mass Spec

Dr. Wysocki

Vicki Wysocki, Ph.D., 1987, will be presented the American Chemical Society Frank H. Field & Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. Read more

In Memoriam: Jon Amy

Dr. Amy

Jonathan W. Amy (Ph.D. 1955) passed away on December 4, 2016 at age 93. He had the unique vision to develop Purdue's chemical sciences instrumentation center that now bears his name - the Jonathan W. Amy Facility for Chemical Instrumentation. Read Professor R. Graham Cooks' remembrance of Dr. Amy.

Young Inventor and Entrepreneur

Sluss photo

Kurtis Sluss, B.S. CHM/CHE (2016) recently co-founded a company (brightlamp, LLC) and received a patent for a mobile application used to detect signs of brain trauma or mental impairment for trained and untrained personnel. Read more

A Conversation with C. N. R. Rao

 Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra (C.N.R.) Rao

One of India's leading scientists, C. N. R. Rao, Ph.D., 1958, is featured in a journal article. Read more

NOBCChE Young Scientist Award

Dr. Boyd

Alumnus Darryl A. Boyd, Ph.D., 2010, has been selected to receive the 2016 Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers. Read more

2016 Outstanding Alumni

2016 Outstanding Alumni

Gregory C. Davis, Catherine Erickson, and Christopher P. Leamon were recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Read biographies

Grove City College Professor of the Year

Prof. Kriley

Alumnus Charles E. Kriley, Ph.D., 1993, was named the 2016 Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year at Grove City College. Read more

In Memoriam

For the Love of Science and Art

Elaine Heron

Alumna Elaine Heron is giving back to the Department of Chemistry from two of her life’s passions. Read more

Alum invited to White House

Cary Supalo at White House

Alumnus Cary Supalo attended the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Awards ceremony. Read more

Purdue Pinnacle Award

Dr. Brown

Alumnus Frank Brown was presented the university's Pinnacle Award by President Mitch Daniels. Read more

Alum earns NSF Fellowship

Stringfellow photo

Hannah Stringfellow (B.S. 2015) has been awarded an NSF fellowship as a graduate student at UC-Berkeley.  She is working with renewable fuel.

2016 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Hamer photo

Tony Hamer was presented the Purdue College of Science Distinguished Alumni Award. Read biography

In Memoriam

2015 Outstanding Alumni

group photo

Richard Wien, Jennifer S. Brodbelt, and Timothy W. Coffindaffer were recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Read biographies

Chemistry and Cars

Bowers photo

Chemistry alumna Ruth (Rivers) Bowers (B.S., 2002) and her husband Geoffrey Bowers (B.S., 2002, Chemical Engineering) have a new book, blog, and Twitter feed called, “Understanding Chemistry Through Cars." It is the first book to address chemical principles through automotive examples and is designed with features to make it suitable as a text or supplemental material for a chemistry course.

2015 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Kulkarni photo

Surendra Kulkarni was presented the Purdue College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award. Read biography

In Memoriam

2014 Outstanding Alumni

Group photo 2014 outstanding alumni

Dennis Barket, Jr. and Dennis Corrigan were recently recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Read biographies

2014 Distinguished Alumni

Charles Cameron

In Spring 2014, Charles Cameron will be recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Read biography

Chemistry Graduate featured in 2014 Forty Under 40

Ayanna Jackson

Chemistry alumna Ayanna Jackson is featured in Indianapolis Business Journal's 2014 "Forty Under 40." Read more

Eberlin presented Nobel Laureate Signature Award

Livia Eberlin

Chemistry alumna Livia Eberlin will receive the "Nobel Laureate Signature Award For Graduate Education In Chemistry" at ACS Dallas. Read more

Alum's Company to be Honored For Service to The Blind

Cary Supalo

Chemistry alumnus Cary Supalo's company, Independence Science, will be honored by the American Foundation for the Blind for its contribution to universal accessibility. Read more.

Harrison Teacher picked for Science Teacher Fellowship

Samantha Carney

Chemistry alumna Samantha Carney, a chemistry teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, is one of four Indiana teachers who received a 2013-14 New Science Teacher Academy fellowship from the National Science Teachers Association. Read more

Alum receives India's Highest Civilian Honor

 Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra (C.N.R.) Rao

Purdue alumnus and international policy leader Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra (C.N.R.) Rao was named a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. Read more

Alum will serve as AACC Leader

David D. Koch

David D. Koch, PhD, will serve a one-year term on the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Board as president-elect, followed by successive terms as the association’s 66th president in 2015 and past president in 2016. Read more.

In Memoriam

2013 Outstanding Alumni

Alan A. Del Paggio and Vicki Hopper Wysocki

Alan A. Del Paggio and Vicki Hopper Wysocki were recently recognized as Outstanding Alumni. Read more

National Chemical Landmark

Wetherill Lab Building

Generations of alumni have studied and worked in the Wetherill Lab Building and the American Chemical Society recently recognized it as a historic landmark. Read more.

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