It was a remarkable day
in 2014 — the result of brilliant
work. U. S. News & World Report was
out, showing Purdue’s analytical
chemistry graduate program ranked
at No. 1.
Hilkka Kenttämaa, a previous
head of the analytical division,
already had 25 years with the program. Her award-winning work
contributed to its top national
NO. 2 ON FEMALE LIST
Three years later, the American
Chemical Society’s “Chemical and
Engineering News” noted another
high distinction for the entire
Chemistry. It ranked No.
2 in percentage of female faculty
among national chemistry departments. With 37 men and 15 women,
29 percent of the current faculty are
women. Kenttämaa — the second
female faculty member hired in the
department — says the distinction
accurately depicts a place where the
work of female scientists is as highly
valued as that of men.
As the Frank Brown
Distinguished Professor of
Chemistry, Kenttämaa now has four
patents and four patents pending.
Society’s Frank J.
Field and Joe L.
Franklin Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Mass
Spectrometry, and Purdue’s Seed for
Success Award for grants of more
than $1 million. She also has received
the College of Science’s Leadership
Award and its Interdisciplinary
A CULTURE EVOLVED
Kenttämaa, of Finland, joined the
department in 1989: “I felt very welcomed. I was actually placed by the
dean on some search committees.”
PURDUE’S DEPARTMEN T OF CHEMISTRY
APPLAUDED NATIONALLY FOR GENDER EQUIT Y