Purdue Agriculture faculty Michael Boehlje and Natalia Dudareva have been appointed to designated professorships by the Purdue Board of Trustees, Boehlje as Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics and Dudareva as Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research.
Designated professorships honor individuals whose academic achievements have been internationally recognized or who have made a unique contribution to the university through scholarship, research, teaching or leadership functions. Purdue now has 130 designated professors.
"These professors are representative of the kind of exemplary scholarship, research and education taking place at Purdue," says Provost Sally Mason.
Boehlje helped develop Purdue's agribusiness program and is one of the core faculty involved in the executive master's of business administration program. He is also co-director of Purdue's Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center.
Dudareva, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, is an expert on the biochemistry and molecular biology of floral volatiles. Her work on floral scent has implications in crop yield and consumer satisfaction with floral products.
Two other Purdue Agriculture faculty hold Wickersham Chairs of Excellence in Agricultural Research, Scott Jackson in agronomy and Matthew Holt in agricultural economics. Melba Crawford, agronomy and civil engineering, holds the Chair of Excellence in Earth Observation.