Donatella Danielli receives Butler Leadership in Action award

10-16-2013

Donatella Danielli

Professor Donatella Danielli is the recipient of a Butler Leadership in Action faculty award, given by Purdue's Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. The award is designed to recognize in part an "overarching commitment to launching tomorrow's leaders."

Recognized as an international leader in the field of partial differential equations and harmonic analysis, Danielli is frequently an invited speaker at national and international conferences and is a frequent organizer co-organizer of the Symposium on Analysis and PDEs and other research meetings. She has further contributed to the research effort in mathematics by serving on the editorial board of ISRN Geometry and acting as reviewer for many top mathematics journals and for the National Science Foundation.

In addition to her research career, Danielli has assumed a leading role in mathematics as a profession, both within the Department of Mathematics and throughout the country. She has been particularly active in promoting the role of women in mathematics, including the creation and organization of the annual Women in Mathematics Day at Purdue and the mentoring of women at many stages of their careers. She has mentored undergraduate students through the Women in Science Program and the HORIZONS program (for low-income and first-generation students), graduate students through a student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education program, and assistant professors through the Department of Mathematics mentoring program.

Both at Purdue and in the profession at large, Professor Danielli has been a strong and creative force to encourage students at all levels from middle school through graduate school into the profession and to support and mentor them once they are here. From early in her career, she has devoted considerable time, energy, and resources (from her research funding) to recruiting and mentoring students and younger faculty, especially women. An outstanding contributor in every aspect of her career and a terrific role model and mentor, Danielli's leadership in bringing women into prominent roles in mathematics truly sets her apart.