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Alumni Faculty

Many graduates of the Purdue University Entomology Department have served or currently serve as faculty members at numerous institutions around the country and, indeed, around the world.  Following is a listing of those alumni who have taken forward their commitment to and knowledge of entomology.  Names are listed alphabetically. 

 1.   William A. Allen (MS ’64) – extension entomologist, Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Associate Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech University (retired)

2.   Robert C. Anderson (PhD ’68) – instruction, Biological Sciences, Idaho State University (retired)

3.   Daniel Bartell (MS ’68) – instructor Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia; University of Illinois, Montana State University, Oklahoma State University, as Dean, College of Agricultural Science and Technology, California State University, Fresno (retired)

4.   Marlin Bergman (PhD ’83) – R&D, Pioneer Seeds, formerly corn pest management extension, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

5.   William S. Bowers (MS ’59, PhD ’62) – synthesized the first insect juvenile hormone and sparked and industry based on this biorational approach to insect control.  He then discovered phytochemicals that were highly active in disrupting the insect’s endocrine system and became a world leader in defining chemical defensive interactions between pests and plants, Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology at the University of Arizona, elected to National Academy of Sciences in 1994 (retired)

6.   Rick Brandenburg (BS ’77) – peanut and turfgrass pest management, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University

7.   Wayne J. Brewer (PhD ’68) – forest insect-plant interactions, extension, instruction, Assistant Professor (1968), Associate Professor (1973) and Professor (1979) Entomology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, Montana State University (1984-1987); Acting Associate Dean, International Programs, Auburn University (1992-1993); Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, Auburn University (1987-1995); Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, and Coordinator, Alabama Gypsy Moth Survey Program (1995-2006) (retired)

8.   Michael R. Bush (MS ’88) – extension educator, Department of Entomology, Washington State University

9.   Douglas L. Caldwell (BS ’73, MS ’75) – Extension, Ornamentals, Garden and Landscape, University of Florida/IFAS

10.  Luis Cañas (MS ’96, PhD ’00) – greenhouse pest management, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University, 2003?

11.  Leland Chandler (MS ’51, PhD ’55) – insect ecology, Department of Entomology, Purdue University (retired/deceased)

12.  James E. Cilek (BS ’74) – Biology and control of stable flies, sandflies (Culicoides), yellowflies/deerflies and ticks, Division of Agricultural Sciences, Entomology and structural pest control, Florida A&M University (retired)

13.  Ray Cloyd (MS ’95, PhD ’99) – ornamental and greenhouse pest management, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, formerly Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1998?; Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, 2005?

14.  Wei Dai (MS ’86, PhD ’88) – Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati

15.  Jim Dill (PhD ’79) – Pest Management Specialist, Extension Professor, Cooperating Professor of Entomology, University of Maine

16.  Bruce Eldridge (PhD ’65) – Medical Entomology (Mosquitoes), 21 year military career (retired 1978); Chaired Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis (1978-1986); Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis (retired)

17.  Alfred J. Fournier (PhD ’05) – IPM Program Manager, Arizona Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona, 2005?

18.  Beth Grafton-Cardwell (MS ’80) – Extension IPM specialist and research entomologist, Entomologist, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Director-Lindcove Research and Extension Center Citrus, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside

19.  Larry D. Godfrey (BS ’78, MS ’80) – IPM Field and vegetable Crops, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis

20.  George Gould (PhD ’42) – vegetable pest management, Department of Entomology, Purdue University (retired/deceased)

21.  Neal Haskell (BS ’69, MS ’89, PhD ’93) – Forensic entomology expert and personality, Department of Biology, Saint Joseph’s College, IN

22.  Randy Higgins (BS ’76) – IPM specialist, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University (deceased)

23.  Frank R. Hall (PhD ’68) – vegetable extension, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University (retired)

24.  Donald W. Hall (BS ’64, MS ’67) – Medical entomology and insect pathology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida (retired)

25.  Dave Hogg (BS ’71, MS ’74) – field and forage crop entomology, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin

26.  Mike Kanost (PhD ’83) – Insect immune responses, AAAS fellow, Head of Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University

27.  Larry Keeley (PhD ’66) – insect biochemistry and physiology, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University (retired)

28.  Stephen Kells (PhD ’98) – urban entomology and stored products pests, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, 2005?

29.  Franklin Laemmlen (MS ’67) – extension vegetation pest management, Cooperative Extension, University of California, Santa Barbara, formerly plant pathology, Cooperative Extension, University of Hawaii and Michigan State University (retired)

30.  Susie Legaspi (PhD ’92) – economic entomology and biological control, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University (now with USDA ARS)

31.  Glen Lehker (BS ’33, MS ’40) – extension entomology, Department of Entomology, Purdue University (retired/deceased)

32.  Bruce Lube (MS ’72) – instruction, Stanly Community College, Albemarle, NC (retired)

33.  David McShaffrey (PhD ’88) – instruction, Biology Department, Marietta College, OH

34.  Bonnie K. Maclean (MS ’65, PhD ’72) – instruction, Biology Department, Thiel College, PA, formerly Biology Department, Youngstown State University (retired)

35.  David B. Maclean (MS ’65, PhD ’69) – instruction, Biology Department, Youngstown State University (retired)

36.  Mike Meyer (MS ’01, PhD ’05) – teaching and aquatic ecology, Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, Christopher Newman College, Virginia, 2006?

37.  Andrew Michel (BS ’01) – population genetics, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, 2007

38.  Omprakash Mittapoli (PhD ’06) – molecular physiology, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, 2008

39.  Amy Mulnix (PhD ’91) – molecular and cell biology, Department of Biology, Earlham University

40.  John Mumford (BS ’74) – economic entomology and risk assessment, Director/Head, Centre/Department for Environmental Policy, Department of Imperial College, United Kingdom

41.  Larry Pedigo (MS ’65, PhD ’67) – field crops entomology and general IPM guru, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University (retired)

42.  Barry Pittendrigh (MS ’94) – molecular basis of host plant resistance, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, 2000; Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, 2008

43.  Thomas Powers (BS ’77) – nematologist, evolutionary biology of plant parasitic nematodes, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska

44.  Ken Pruess (BS ’54) – teaching, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska (retired)

45.  Eric Rebek (PhD ’04) – Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, 2007?

46.  Michael E. Scharf (BS ’91, MS ’93, PhD ’97) – Toxicology, termite molecular physiology, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida (2005-2010); Department of Entomology, Purdue University, O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology

47.  Don Schuder (BS ’48, MS ’49, PhD ’57) – ornamental pest management, Department of Entomology, Purdue University (retired/deceased)

48.  Mark D. Shelton (MS ’80) – instruction and IPM, professor and interim head, Crop Science Department, associate dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly State University, CA

49.  Phillip Sloderbeck (MS ’77) – field crops pest management, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University

50.  Kevin L. Steffey (BS ’72) – Extension Specialist, Agricultural Entomology, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

51.  Max Summers (PhD ’68) – pioneered fundamental contributions to the molecular biology of baculoviruses and insect cells.  He developed the only insect DNA virus vector for the cloning and abundant expression of foreign genes in insect cells and insects.  The vector is widely used for basic and commercial applications in both medicine and agriculture, Distinguished Professor of Entomology, of Biology, and of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Biotechnology, Cell Physiology, Texas A&M University, elected to National Academy of Sciences 1989 (retired)

52.  Michael J. Weiss (BS ’77) – Department of Entomology, Auburn University (former Dean), formerly professor and head, Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, and interim associate dean and dean College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Idaho, and Department of Entomology at North Dakota State University, and Montana State University (retired)

53.  Robert Wiedenmann (PhD ’90) – Insect ecology and biological control, Head, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

54.  Ralph Williams (BS ’71) – livestock pest management and forensic entomology, Department of Entomology, Purdue University (retired)

55.  Stephen Yanoviak (MS ’93) – Department of Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2007

56.  John Zenger (PhD ’97) – teaching, Biology Department, Brigham Young University-Idaho, formerly with Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

57.  Keyan Zhu-Salzman (PhD ’94) – insect-plant interactions, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University