From the Dean: October 2018
Dear Purdue Engineering Community,
Last month, as one of the alumni engagement events around the world this year, we hosted a reception for alumni in Minneapolis. The event was delightfully in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Women Engineers, where Purdue Engineering was a visible contributor. Last week, we celebrated the official launch of the Lillian Gilbreth (Postdoctoral) Fellowship and welcomed the arrival of the inaugural class of LGFs, who carry the name of a pioneer for Purdue and the nation.
With Thanksgiving coming next week, and as the University rolls out the Job Family Structure, we particularly want to express deep appreciation for the contributions by all the staff colleagues in the College. One of the most exciting celebrations of the year is the 2018 Engineering Staff Awards Banquet on December 7 at the Ross-Ade. We are all looking forward to recognizing this year’s finalists and award recipients.
During this season, we also give thanks to all the individuals, corporations and foundations who generously provided gifts to support our students and faculty today and in years to come. 2017-18 was a record year in such philanthropic support, and this semester so far has been even better. These gifts are essential to enabling the Boilermaker engineers to attain the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale in our learning and discovery. Thank you all.
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering
Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Previously he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he also served as Director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education and the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. His textbook “Networked Life,” popular science book “The Power of Networks,” and online courses reached over 400,000 students since 2012. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. He also co-founded a few startup companies in mobile data, IoT and AI, and co-founded the global nonprofit Open Fog Consortium.