Title: Engineering Educator
Company: Perdue University
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Barrett S. Caldwell, PhD, Engineering Educator at Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Caldwell became interested in engineering after witnessing the Apollo moon launch. He was utterly fascinated with the mechanics of the space ship, which is what prompted his decision to pursue a career in science. He proceeded to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautics. Through his studies, he discovered he truly enjoyed learning and decided to further his education. In 1985, he earned a Bachelor of Science in humanities from his alma mater, going on to relocate to the University of California Davis. There, he earned a Master’s and a PhD in psychology and social psychology, respectively.
After gaining experience as a graduate lecturer and assistant professor, Dr. Caldwell took on the role of an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin in 1997. In 2000, he transferred to Purdue University, where he was promoted to a professor in 2010. He remains in that role today, alongside his work as the director of the NASA Indiana Space Grant Consortium. Dr. Caldwell additionally loans his expertise to professional journals by contributing as an author to various articles. Further, he has been acting as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments since 2012.
Looking back on his illustrious career, Dr. Caldwell has learned that there is no single road to success. He found his own path and used his unique abilities to establish himself as a respected individual in his field. In light of his many accomplishments, he has been abundantly awarded. Most recently, in 2018, Perdue University presented him with the College of Engineering Outreach and Engagement Award. Earlier, in 1994, he earned the Minority Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation. He has additionally been honored as a Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academies. As a further testament to his success, Dr. Caldwell is featured in the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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