Points of Pride

Agricultural Research at Purdue is a dynamic, vibrant community of researchers, supportive administration and staff, graduate students, and many diverse partners. We take great pride in these individuals as well as the projects and programs they have helped to create. Here are just a few of our recent achievers and achievements:

  • Agricultural Research at Purdue claims two recent laureates of the prestigious World Food Prize. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics, received the 2009 prize for developing sorghum hybrids that have enhanced the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Emeritus Philip Nelson won the prize in 2007 for innovative breakthrough technologies that revolutionized the food industry in large-scale storage and transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables using bulk aseptic food processing.

  • ​Jian-Kang Zhu, Professor of Horticulture and Biochemistry, received one of the highest honors accorded to scientists with his election to the National Academy of Sciences for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

  • In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue number one in the nation.

  • The Institute of International Education named Purdue second among U.S. public universities in international student enrollment.

  • According to the SC10 supercomputing conference rankings, Purdue’s supercomputers are among the most powerful high-performance computing systems in the world.

  • In The Wall Street Journal’s most recent (2010) job recruiter rankings, corporate recruiters ranked Purdue fourth nationally in preparing its students to enter the workforce. 

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