Purdue University Calumet enjoyed a year of recognition

2012-12-27T00:00:00Z Purdue University Calumet enjoyed a year of recognitionBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
December 27, 2012 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | For Purdue University Calumet, 2012 has been a year of acquisition, recognition and realization.

Late this year, the university acquired the nearby Kaplan Commons building as the future home of the Purdue Calumet Commercialization Center.

Additionally, Professor of Nursing Lisa Hopp was nationally recognized this fall. Scientists of the university’s Water Institute and Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center also realized their desire of moving into cutting edge research laboratories.

Commercialization Center

The $1 million purchase of the 18,000 square feet Kaplan building on Indianapolis Boulevard, one-half mile west of campus, provides a desirable location for faculty, students and community members to develop and bring new product ideas to market.

Pending another $1 million from private donors in renovation and furnishing costs, university officials envision the Purdue Calumet Commercialization Center becoming a catalyst for regional economic development and technological transfer.

Nursing honor

Recognized for her record of scholarship and leadership relating to evidence based nursing practice, Professor of Nursing Lisa Hopp, of Valparaiso, was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. As a Fellow of the Academy, she joins some 1,800 individuals who are considered among the most accomplished leaders in nursing-related education, management, practice and research.

Applied research labs

The university’s Water Institute and Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center now have their own modern laboratories from which to advance research that benefits northwest Indiana and its economic development. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky D-Merrillville, helped the university obtain U.S. Department of energy grants that supported most of the cost of the $2.7 million labs.


The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved new degree programs that will debut this spring:

A Master of Science in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization and

An online Master of Science in Technology with a concentration in Technology Leadership and Management.

Student Achievements

· Honors program student worker Brandon Rukes, a junior accounting and finance major from Griffith, was selected Indiana Student Employee of the Year.

· Engineering graduate student Md Taifur Rahman of Dhaka, Bangladesh placed first in the Graduate Student Poster Contest at last spring’s Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference at Atlanta, Ga.

· Department of Information Systems seniors Joe Kelley and Tim Richardson, of Hobart, and Josh McFadden, of Griffith, earned Overall Champion and Best Case Solution Awards in the Information Systems Project and Case Competition at Ball State University.

· Hospitality and tourism management major Rebecca Galinis, of Merrillville, became the first recipient of the $3,000 renewable National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers/White Lodging Services Corp. Future Leaders Scholarship.

· Tyler Billingsley of Hobart was among seven students selected nationally to receive a $3,000 Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society.

Faculty Recognitions

Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar served among the group of international physicist researchers who announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that enhances understanding about the natural universe.

Professor of Accounting Dolores Rinke received a Fulbright Specialist Program Award to teach classes  to graduate students at Hacettepe University in Turkey.

Associate Professor of History Wendy St. Jean was selected a 2012-13 Indiana Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow for demonstrating that service learning and community engagement effectively can integrate faculty teaching, research and professional service.

Selected PUC’s Outstanding Faculty for 2011-12 were: Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Marthaler (Teacher), Assistant Professor of Management Rachel Clapp Smith (Scholar) and Associate Professor of Education Lynn Zimmerman (Service).


The university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation was a co-recipient of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana’s 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation.

The PUC Leadership Center was established to advance successful leadership and related practices among experienced and emerging leaders.

PUC researchers, headed by Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center Director and Professor of Physics Robert Kramer, produced a patent for developing a new, less costly process for producing coke fuel for steel production.

Honors, Achievements and Distinctions

Fall enrollment of 10,133 marked the second time in university history the number of students enrolled at PUC surpassed 10,000.

Installed last March as the seventh campus leader of Purdue Calumet, Chancellor Thomas L. Keon expressed during his installation remarks his vision for a Purdue Calumet that prepares students for innovative jobs and careers that have yet to emerge.

The effectiveness of its Residence Hall Association earned Purdue Calumet School of the Year recognition by the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls and the Indiana Residence Hall Organization.

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