Meet College of Engineering's Arvind Raman

Dean Raman Arvind sitting at desk facing forward with arms crossed and smiling.

'Once-in-a-generation opportunity'

Raman ready for challenges, opportunities as new dean

This was not the intended career trajectory.

When Arvind Raman made the decision to pursue academia in the late 1990s, he was happy being 'in the trenches.'

He enjoyed teaching, research and interacting with talented students, and he chose to join the faculty at Purdue University's College of Engineering because he knew it was the ideal place to excel in all three. He would be given resources and support to succeed, be encouraged to innovate and be surrounded by the world's brightest undergraduate and graduate students.

Raman at a Glance


Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (BS); Purdue University (MS); University of California, Berkeley (PhD)

Numbers and impact

Co-PI or PI of $99.7M in external research grants; 156 journal publications, Google h-index 56, i-10 index 153; VEDA is one of the world’s most-used Atomic Force Microscope simulation softwares with 3,000-plus users and more than 75,000 simulations

Academic appointments

Executive associate dean, Purdue College of Engineering (Dec 2019-March 2023); Founding director, LASER PULSE Consortium (2018-present); Senior associate dean of the faculty, Purdue College of Engineering (Dec 2017-Dec 2019); Associate dean for Global Engineering Programs, Purdue College of Engineering (May 2014-Dec 2017); Robert V. Adams Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue (2013-present); Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering (2009-present); Associate professor, School of Mechanical Engineering (2005-2009); Assistant professor, School of Mechanical Engineering (2000-2005)

Research interests

Nonlinear dynamics and vibrations in coupled-domain applications

Dean Raman Arvind sitting at desk facing forward with arms crossed and smiling.

Arvind Raman selected as the next dean of Purdue’s College of Engineering, the largest top-ranked program in the nation

Longtime Purdue University administrator, faculty member and Boilermaker alumnus Arvind Raman is the new John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.

Raman, currently Purdue’s executive associate dean of engineering and the Robert V. Adams Professor in Mechanical Engineering, brings an impressive record of academic leadership experience to this new role, Patrick Wolfe, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, said in making the announcement today (Feb. 6).