From the Dean: April 2019

Dear Purdue Engineering Community,

Special Events Coming Up

As we progress in the Purdue 150th conversations, this month we are excited to bring in two legendary figures in the history of computing and communications:

Steve Wozniak
Cofounder of Apple will discuss the founding of Apple and the future of AI
April 17, 6-7pm, Elliott Hall of Music.
This is a free but ticketed event:

Vint Cerf
A father of the Internet, co-inventor of TCP/IP, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google will discuss data, software, privacy
April 5, 1-2pm, Fowler Hall in Stewart Center
This event does not require tickets, but seating capacity is limited.
See you there tomorrow at 1pm!

Relay Run on Day of Giving

On April 24 we will have the 2019 Purdue Day of Giving. Last year, the engineering student organization received the most number of support (even more than the Band!) Thank you! During the appreciation dinner, students suggested to me an idea of running a relay marathon to celebrate Purdue 150th. With the help of development team and student leaders, we have indeed arranged the following: 10 Boilermakers (students, staff, faculty, alumni) will run a relay totaling 20.19 miles that loop around some of the engineering buildings on campus. If this team finish the relay in 201.9 minutes, we hope many of you would consider gifting $20.19 to a favorite engineering student group of yours. The slowest runner will be myself, but the fast teammates will include, among others,

Dominique Oden, CE (Purdue Women’s Basketball team)
Leony Boudreau, BME (Purdue Women’s Basketball team)
Aaron Banks, IE (Purdue Football team, Purdue Student Government President)
Daniel Romary, BME (Purdue University Student Trustee)
And Max Downham, who received BS in ChE from Purdue in 1958!

If you would like to pledge a support of any amount $10 or more (although our favorite is $20.19), conditioned on our team finishing on time on April 24, please simply email me your name, affiliation (e.g., undergraduate in ME) and pledge amount (and the engineering student group if you have a specific one to support) to:

School/College Leadership Update

Lastly in this month’s message, we are delighted to report that, starting May 1, Professor Dimitrios Peroulis will become the Michael and Katherine Birck Head of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as the international search process concluded last week by the capable search committee. Also starting May 1, Professor Pedro Irazoqui will become the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation (and thank you Professor Melba Crawford for your outstanding service over the past 5+ years as Associate Dean), and Global Engineering (lead by Professor George Chiu) will become part of the Office of Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education (lead by Professor Eckhard Groll). Starting July 1, Professor Dana Weinstein will become the Associate Dean of Graduate Education.

The entire team of faculty, staff, students and alumni will continue to move Purdue Engineering College forward, as our academic peer and industry reputation continues to rise. Thank you all, and Boiler Up!


Mung Chiang
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering
Purdue University