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A Message From the Dean

An introduction to this issue of ENGINEERING IMPACT magazine by Dean Arvind Raman

As a Purdue Engineering alumnus and longtime faculty member and administrator, I am excited to begin my term as dean of a premier U.S. engineering college that is poised for even greater service to students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry and the world.

This issue of ENGINEERING IMPACT covers recent highlights, including our rise to No. 2 in online graduate engineering, collaborations with NCKU in Taiwan and Morgan State University, our increasing semiconductor primacy, a new hypersonics milestone, funding for biomedical research with Indiana University School of Medicine, and a corporate commitment to the Integrated Business and Engineering program. You’ll also learn about key recognitions for alumni, faculty and students.

These accomplishments and many more in recent years reflect the levels of excellence Purdue Engineering has achieved to become one of the most consequential U.S. engineering colleges.

Our ascent continues. Our vision is to build on our foundation of excellence at scale and leverage a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become the most consequential engineering college — by maximizing our positive impact on society. We will draw on our amazingly talented people, society’s critical needs for engineering-centric solutions, our location in the burgeoning tech heartland, and strong internal and external support.

Areas for growth on our radar include becoming the best in class for experiential learning; boosting female and first-gen student enrollments; maximizing research impact; increasing the uptake of research, faculty recognition and national research centers that address challenging problems; and helping advance the state and nation through partnerships with industry and the Indiana government, as well as through entrepreneurship, including from undergraduate students.

Embarking on my new assignment, I am immensely grateful to former Dean Mung Chiang (now Purdue president) and former Interim Dean Mark Lundstrom (now Purdue’s chief semiconductor officer and special advisor to the president), who led us to where we are and remain actively involved in our persistent progress.