From the Dean: January 2019

Dear Purdue Engineering Community,

The past year was an exciting one for our College. We not only set new records in research awards, in student enrollment/diversity, in philanthropic support, in space and facilities, in online offering and in industry engagement, we also succeeded in establishing three national-scale centers, welcoming the most academically prepared freshman class, and attracting and retaining talent.

Collective input lead to our aspiration toward the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale, with Purdue Engineering as the world’s best at the interface of virtual-physical engineering, and in developing a large pool of premier engineering talent and in empowering industry.

We hope you will find the following Year in Review, prepared by the college communication team, an interesting look back at 2018:

We will continue to be eager, agile and visible in 2019.

We will continue to maximally support of our faculty for their impactful work, enable professional growth of our staff, and engage with alumni worldwide in ways that help advance their careers.

We will continue to innovate learning. For undergraduate students, curricular updates will proceed in parallel to co-curricular opportunities, from “GRIP” (mentioned in my last email) to “Code Cafe” initiated by our students and now strengthened and scaled-up for many more students (Associate Dean Groll will make a detailed announcement to students soon). For graduate students, we will execute the recently developed plans in growing professional master’s degree programs and enhancing Ph.D. student recruiting and mentoring. The "Engineering 2169” series, as part of Purdue 150th, will also feature the creativity of our graduate students.

As you get ready for the new semester this weekend, we wish you a Happy and Boiler-up New Year!


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

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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.

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