Academic Excellence

6 faculty/staff recognized for recent achievements

MET Professor, administrator Zahraee elected to ABET Board of Directors

Mohammad Zahraee

Mohammad Zahraee, professor of mechanical engineering technology and assistant dean of graduate studies, has been appointed to the ABET Board of Directors, as a representative of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Zahraee has served Purdue Calumet since 1989. He is a resident of Naperville, Ill.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. The Board of Directors is its governing body.

The Board’s primary responsibilities are to set policies and procedures, establish the annual budget and approve accreditation criteria for 3,100 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities in 24 countries.

“After serving ABET in capacities of program evaluator, Accreditation Visiting Team chair, Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) Executive Committee member, national chair of ETAC and consultant for ABET Foundation, it is humbling and joyful to join the ABET Board of Directors,”  Zahraee said. “I will now have a direct role in approving those accreditation criteria I have been helping institutions to implement in their programs for more than 20 years.”

Science Education Asst. Prof Schleigh honored for ‘Innovative Science Teaching’

Sharon Schleigh

Assistant Professor of Science Education Sharon Schleigh has been named 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Award for Innovative Science Teaching by The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI).

The Hammond resident will receive her award Feb. 6 at the HASTI Conference in Indianapolis. HASTI recognizes outstanding teachers who demonstrate a passion for innovative science teaching.

Schleigh has served Purdue Calumet since 2012. She teaches courses in physics, astronomy and physical science. Her research areas include understanding how people learn and engage in science, with an emphasis on how teachers present science in their classrooms.

“As an educator in science, I hope to inspire my students to engage in science every day, outside of the classroom, and to make informed decisions using scientific thinking,” Schleigh said. “As a professional working with science educators, I seek to support their efforts to prepare their students to engage in science. Being recognized by my peers, my students and the science teachers in Indiana is an amazing honor that will help me open communication with other educators across the state and facilitate opportunities to collaborate.” 

Assoc. Professor, Behavioral Sciences head Edwards gains family life certification

Anne Edwards

Anne Edwards, associate professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, recently earned an internationally recognized certification in family life education.

Certification through the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program is offered by the National Council on Family Relations. The CFLE program encourages applications from professionals with preparation and experience in family life education, including formal teaching, research/scholarship, community education, public information and education, curriculum and resource development, health care, military family support and ministry.

“This certification is a way for students, service providers and other individuals to identify those professionals who meet a qualification standard,” Edwards, a Crete, Ill. resident, said. “I hope that knowledge and demand for this credential will enhance programs and courses throughout northwest Indiana that promote optimal family functioning.

“My credential allows the human development and family studies program at Purdue University Calumet to apply to be a CFLE-approved program. The program will follow national curriculum standards, paving the way for graduates to earn the certification.” 

Edwards has served Purdue Calumet since 1997. 

Communication Professor Kamalipour delivers keynote address

Yahya Kamalipour

Professor of Communication Yahya Kamalipour delivered a keynote address at the opening session of the recent Seventh Global Communication Association Conference at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.

He also participated recently in plenary and panel discussions about the role and impact of mass media in global conflicts as part of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece.

“In particular, the annual Global Communication Association Conference explores and discusses myriad opportunities and challenges in the areas of teaching, learning, communication development and globalization,” Kamalipour, a Munster resident and Purdue Calumet faculty member since 1986, said.

The World Public Forum, he added, brings together academically, culturally and politically diverse experts from throughout the world to explore solutions to pressing global issues relating to environment, health, poverty, human relations, arms conflicts and economic inequality, among others.

Kamalipour is founder and managing editor of the Global Media Journal, co-founder and co-editor of Journal of Globalization for the Common Good, founder of the Global Communication Association, and founder and director of the Center for Global Studies.

2 Information Systems administrators present at Midwest Networking Roundtable

Two members of our Information Systems staff recently presented at the Midwest Networking Roundtable, held in Milwaukee.

Tim Loudermilk (left) and Javier Solis
Tim Loudermilk (left) and Javier Solis

Timothy Loudermilk, supervisor of networking, and Javier Solis, network administrator, presented the topic, “How Purdue University Calumet Maintains Sanity in a Campus BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Environment.”

Their presentation prompted a request by Information Systems staff members of a K-12 Minnesota school district to plan a visit to Purdue Calumet in March “to learn more about the various tools we use to control client connectivity on our network,” Loudermilk said.

The Roundtable was hosted by Extreme/Enterasys networks and attracted some 65 attendees from universities and K-12 school systems across the Midwest.

Loudermilk of Crown Point has served Purdue Calumet since 2005. Portage resident Solis has been a Purdue Calumet staff member since 2010.