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Awards, Recognitions, and Rankings


Awards and Recognitions

Purdue Agriculture faculty members are award-winning researchers and teachers. Their accomplishments help position Purdue Agriculture for leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels in food, agricultural, life, and natural resources sciences.

World Food Prizes

  • 2007 Dr. Philip Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Food Science
    • Dr. Philip E. Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, was awarded the 2007 World Food Prize for his innovative breakthrough technologies which have revolutionized the food industry, particularly in the area of large-scale storage and transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables using bulk aseptic food processing. More​
  • 2009 Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Agronomy
      • The 2009 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world’s five principal grains, enhancing the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.More
Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architechture

Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Distinguished Professors

  • Michael Boehlje, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Ray Bressan​, Distinguished Professor of School of Agriculture
  • Clint Chapple, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
  • Rebecca Doerge, Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics
  • Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
  • Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture
  • Bruce Hamaker, Roy L. Whistler Distinguished Chair in Carbohydrate Science
  • P. Michael Hasegawa, Dr. Bruno C. Moser Distinguished Professor in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
  • Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agriculture
  • Jules Janick, James Troop Distinguished Professor of Horticulture
  • Michael Ladisch, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Larry Murdock, Distinguished Professor of Entomology
  • Jian-Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology
Wallace Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor in Agricultural Economics

Wallace Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics

Named Professors


Tesfaye Mengiste​, Botany and Plant Pathology

Catherine HillCatherine Hill, Entomology

University Faculty Scholars


Purdue University Teaching Academy

Bernard Y. Tao - Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Bernard Y. Tao, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Book of Great Teachers



Jeffrey Dukes
Forestry and Natural Resources

Other Major Awards and Recognition



No systematic, formal rankings for most departments in the College of Agriculture. In some cases, category definitions do not match our organizational structure, and in others, there are only informal, sporadic rankings. However, our departments and programs have been highly ranked in professional and national surveys.

US News and World Report has ranked both the undergraduate and the graduate programs in Agricultural and Biological Engineering #1 in the nation.

A British company that specializes in information about higher education and careers has ranked the Purdue College of Agriculture #8 among agricultural institutions worldwide and #5 among US agricultural institutions. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranks learning institutions across the globe in 31 categories based on several metrics.

The Landscape Architecture program in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department is ranked #7 in the nation by Design Intelligence Magazine.