Program Leadership


Arden Brement

Arden Bement

Director, Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute

Dr. Bement, who served as the Director of U.S. National Science Foundation from 2004 through 2010, is the inaugural director of Purdue’s newly created Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI). GPRI is dedicated to establishing a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of faculty experts, students, policymakers and media representatives to advance emerging national and global needs while building on Purdue's strengths and research priorities. For more information about GPRI, please see

Leah Jamieson

Leah Jamieson

John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University

Prior to being named Dean of Engineering, Dr. Jamieson was selected as the Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She served as 2007 President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is co-founder and past director of the EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Program. As Dean of the Purdue College of Engineering, Dean Jamieson oversees all aspects of the College’s 11 schools and departments as well as its many programs, such as the Minority Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program. For more information about the Purdue College of Engineering, please see

Arvind Raman

Arvind Raman

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (765) 494-5733

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics; Vibrations and dynamic stability; Fluid-structure interactions; Applications to atomic force microscopy; MEMS; NEMS; Human biomechanics; Piezoelectric resonators; Rotating disks; Translating webs

Morris Levy

Professor of Biological Sciences
Phone: (765) 494-8134

Research Interests: With several international collaborators, we focus our research on the evolutionary genetics of a major crop pathogen, the rice blast fungus. Using DNA fingerprinting and other techniques, we have shown that rice blast populations throughout the world are each composed of a small number of distinct genetic families with limited pathogenic specificities. We have used this information to design strategies for durable resistance breeding that have proven successful in both the Americas and Asia.

Morris Levy

Jeffery Stuart

Professor of Entomology
Phone: (765) 494-4561

Research Interests:  Molecular biology of plant-insect interactions (Insect induced plant gall formation. Insect avirulence gene discovery and characterization. Resistance gene discovery); Hessian fly genome assembly and annotation (Effector gene family discovery and annotation. Characterization of sex-determining inversions. Gall midge comparative genomics); Ecological and population genetics (Development of diagnostic markers for insect virulence to plant resistance genes. Measuring the fitness of insect virulence and avirulence in the presence and absence of plant resistance genes).

Carolyn Percifield

Carolyn Percifield

Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment, Purdue College of Engineering
Phone: (765) 494-5343

Administrative Areas: Strategic Planning and Assessment; Engineering Leadership Team; Engineering Cabinet;
Committees: Engineer of 2020 Committee; Strategic Plan Work Team; Strategic Plan Integration Team


The Institute's many agreements and partnerships have been made possible due to an active collaboration between faculty and administrators at Purdue, Purdue Alumni from Colombia, Colciencias, Colfuturo, the Colombian Ministry of Education and the Colombian government.

facultyFrom left to right: Elena deBedout, Carolyn Percifield, Sally Rehmel, Gilberto Gomez, Ministra de Educacion Maria Fernanda Campo, Monica Allain, Arvind Raman, Alvaro Velasquez

Prof. Pedro Prieto, Manuel Santiago Mejia, and Dean Leah Jamieson at the signing event with the Minister of education 

team with vice president santos
The Purdue team with Mr. Francisco Santos Calderón, recent vice-president of Colombia at the RCN studios