Professor wins Entrepreneurship Award

News Release Date: March 27, 2008

jamal awardA Purdue University Calumet professor has received an Acton Foundation Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award.

As one of 27 educators selected, Associate Professor of Management Jamaluddin H. Husain of Skokie, Ill., recently attended a two-day seminar about entrepreneurship teaching. He also received a trophy and monetary award.

Husain has served on the Purdue Calumet faculty since 1989. He is credited with having developed and formerly served as director of the university’s Entrepreneurship Center, which has provided training, expertise and innovative assistance to hundreds of relatively new, small business owners to help them manage their business more effectively. While heading the center, he was named the first Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at Purdue Calumet.

“Winning this award re-affirms to me that the 14 years I spent establishing and managing the Entrepreneurship Center were a worthwhile investment in establishing Purdue Calumet’s reputation as having one of the finest Entrepreneurship Centers in the country,” he said.

Lori Feldman, head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Marketing, Human Resources and Management, said Husain’s award indicates his dedication to teaching and working with students to “be all that they can be.” She added that though Husain was nominated by students, the award represents recognition from others in his field.

Previously, Husain was recognized as Ernst and Young’s Illinois/Northwest Indiana Supporter Entrepreneur of the Year, the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center’s 1991 Small Business Advocate of the Year, Purdue Calumet’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Service recipient in 1996 and a 1994 recipient of the Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet’s Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award.

He holds degrees from Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, University of The Philippines and a Ph.D. from Northwestern (Ill.) University.