The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved Alyssa Panitch as the Leslie A. Geddes Professor in Biomedical Engineering.
Panitch came to Purdue in 2006 as an associate professor of biomedical engineering. She has been associate head of research for the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue since 2009. Prior to coming to Purdue, she was assistant professor and associate professor of bioengineering at Arizona State University.
Her research focuses on designing biological and synthetic materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering as well as developing peptide-based pharmaceuticals for restoring normal healing of vascular, neural and fibrotic diseases.
Alyssa Panitch, professor and associate head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, will complete the rigorous Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program next month. ELATE at Drexel™ is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related disciplines into leadership roles within their universities.
ELATE is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship program, and Panitch was one of 12 women faculty from 11 U.S. universities selected by Drexel for its inaugural year.
“As a member of the External Advisory Board of ELATE, I was delighted that Alyssa agreed to apply and was accepted in the inaugural class of ELATE Fellows,” said Klod Kokini, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue. “Alyssa is exactly the type of faculty that the ELATE program aims at developing. She is an outstanding researcher, educator, and entrepreneur.”
Alyssa Panitch, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected for the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program at Drexel University.
The one-year, part-time fellowship is designed to address the need to increase the diversity and leadership capacity of engineering, computer science and related fields within academe. Panitch is one of 12 women faculty from 11 U.S. universities selected by Drexel. The fellowship year culminates in April 2013 with the completion of an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the fellows’ dean or provost.
More than 40 teachers from Indiana elementary schools will attend a Purdue University workshop this month to learn how to incorporate engineering design activities into their science classrooms.
The workshop, which will be June 11-15 and June 18-22, is presented through the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) project. The project is co-directed by Alyssa Panitch, professor of biomedical engineering, and Brenda Capobianco, associate professor of science education.
SLED, a National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership project that links Purdue with Indiana school districts, is focused on improving science learning in grades 3-6. Engineering design provides a hands-on way for students to learn science by making products to meet specific needs.
Purdue University biomedical engineering professor Alyssa Panitch has been named the first faculty entrepreneur-in-residence at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.
Panitch, who has been involved in launching three companies, will serve as a resource for university faculty, staff and students looking to start a company from their work or research at Purdue. She also plans to create a network of faculty experts who can serve as a university-wide resource to help advance the university’s commercialization efforts.
"My hope is that, collectively, entrepreneurial faculty, staff and students can do bigger and better things. There is a lot to be gained by meeting with a group of people with like interests to discuss successes, issues and future plans," she said. "This also is an opportunity to meet more of my colleagues and to learn from them. It is a new adventure, and we will see where it leads."
Purdue next week will launch Science on Tap, a monthly forum between Purdue and the Lafayette-West Lafayette community designed to spur discussion about the world of science.
The inaugural Science on Tap is scheduled for 6 p.m. next Thursday (April 22) at the Upstairs Lafayette Brewing Co., 622 Main St., in downtown Lafayette. Food will be provided at the free event, which is open to the public.
"Our goal is to try to connect Purdue to the surrounding community and to get people who otherwise wouldn’t to think about science," said Alyssa Panitch, a Purdue associate professor of biomedical engineering. "This will be a very informal conversation about science topics, and no background in science is necessary for those interested in attending."