Meet our EEE External Advisory Council Members

In this issue we introduce you to Paul Bishop and Bernie Paul.

Paul Bishop

Position: Associate Dean of Engineering for Research, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Fulbright Specialist, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani – Hyderabad, India campus

Dr. Paul Bishop received his BSCE from Northeastern University, and then earned his M.S. and PhD in environmental engineering from Purdue University. He mentions that he had some excellent instructors while at Purdue, particularly Edwin Kirsch and Jim Bell. “They instilled in me both the desire to do good research and to give back to my profession and to society,” noted Dr. Bishop.

Dr. Bishop’s has made contributions to the field of environmental engineering through his research interests include drinking water security, biological treatment of water and wastewater using biofilms, contaminated soil bioremediation, development of environmental microsensors, solidification/stabilization of hazardous wastes, and pollution prevention technologies. 

Serving as an EEE External Advisory Council (EAC) member is meaningful to Dr. Bishop for several reasons. “I have had a wonderful career and feel much of my success derives from the education I received at Purdue,” he said. “I believe everyone should give back to society for the benefits we have accrued.” He pointed out that he gets pleasure from helping students receive the best education they possibly can, and an excellent way to do this is by serving on the EEE EAC.



Bernie Paul

Position: President, B Paul Consulting, LLC, Zionsville, Indiana

Mr. Bernie Paul received his B.S. from Purdue University in Environmental Engineering through the Interdisciplinary Engineering program. He then graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. “I’ve always been interested in the interplay of science, policy, and law – especially as it relates to environmental issues,” said Mr. Paul. “Dr. Bob Jacko was an inspiration to me – I loved his enthusiasm for how technically challenging air quality issues were.”

Within the environmental field, Mr. Paul focuses primarily on air quality and air pollutions issues; the science is challenging and the policy and legal issues are complicated. He has extensive experience solving complex technical and policy issues. He has worked with numerous government and business groups which allowed him to establish and execute necessary programs to comply with air quality regulations.

Serving as a member of the EEE External Advisory council provides Mr. Paul with the opportunity to give back to Purdue. “I love Purdue, where I received an education base and a sense of accomplishment which has served as the foundation for everything I have achieved,” he explains. “I enjoy sharing my perspective about my profession.” With a background that combines engineering and law, Mr. Paul is able to give insight to students who might be interested in a similar career path. “As long as Dr. Sutherland keeps asking, I will return every year to speak to classes about career development,” he continued. “I enjoy interacting with the students.” Mr. Paul is looking forward to serving as a mentor in the new EEE Mentorship Circles program, providing mentoring opportunities with selected undergraduate student participants.