Ann Elizabeth Rundell
Ann Elizabeth Rundell, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, passed away March 30, 2016. She was 49.
Dr. Rundell spent 16 years on the faculty at Purdue University. Her research work was in integrating mathematical modeling, systems analysis, and control theory directly with experiments on cellular and physiological systems. She was an active and visible member of her research community, including service on the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors. She received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2009, and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2016. Dr. Rundell was also a leader and role model in engagement and service at Purdue, playing a critical part in developing the undergraduate BME curriculum, and was honored with the 2015 Purdue engineering college-wide Faculty Award of Excellence for Engagement and Service.
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland to parents Virginia Holland Rundell and Clark Rundell, she moved to Maine in 1975 and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine. She earned a BSEE from Penn, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue, and worked for three years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory before joining Purdue.
Ann loved nature and the outdoors. When she wasn't playing outside with her son Ashwin, she could be found running, hiking, biking, skiing, playing tennis, camping or canoeing. Her favorite place to "play" was their Cranberry Cottage on Little Sebago lake in Maine. Ann will be remembered as a dedicated and conscientious teacher, a warm and generous colleague, a caring and thoughtful mentor, and a wonderful daughter, wife and mother.
Dr. Rundell is survived by her husband Venkataramanan (Ragu) Balakrishnan, their son Ashwin, her parents Virginia and Clark, and her brother Lee. There will be a celebration of her life at West Lafayette, IN, at a later date. Donations in Dr. Rundell's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society
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