Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Fall 2010

Industrial Engineering On My Mind

This issue of Industrial Engineering Impact magazine showcases the creativity of our alumni and the IE discipline in general.

In meeting with many Purdue IE alumni over the last couple of years, I have been thoroughly impressed with the creativity that they bring to a wide breadth of activities and careers. As change accelerates in our economy and society at large, this creativity is essential to evolving industrial engineering, imagining a better world, and realizing innovation in practice.

Purdue IE is also undergoing many changes. I am happy to report that we have added Agostino Capponi to our faculty as an assistant professor, that Barrett Caldwell and Mark Lehto have been promoted to full professor, and that Abhijit (Abhi) Deshmukh will take over as head of Purdue IE in January 2011. We introduce Professor Deshmukh in an article on page 2, though many of you may already know him; he earned a doctorate in 1993 from our school.

In returning to West Lafayette, Abhi brings an enormous amount of creativity, energy, and experience to Purdue IE. His addition to the faculty and leadership of the school will define the next era of excellence for Purdue IE.

As I approach the end of my interim leadership of Purdue IE, I feel privileged to have gotten to know the school and its alumni so well. I am confident that the future of Purdue IE is very bright and that its creativity will be pivotal in catalyzing solutions to many 21st century challenges.

Joseph F. Pekny
Interim Head

Pleased to Meet You
December 08, 2010
Introducing incoming school head Abhijit Deshmukh
The Magic Maker of Monterey
December 08, 2010
Meet the mastermind behind Olympic ceremonies and other marvelous spectacles
Richard Liu Looks Ahead
December 08, 2010
Supply chain pioneer has eye on global horizons
Blending Art With Engineering
December 08, 2010
Adding aesthetics to functionality
High Flying Dreams
December 08, 2010
Graduate student studies flight safety both in the lab and in the air
Strategically Creative
December 08, 2010
Brand strategist by day, chef by night
Purdue IE positions school on leading edge of discipline
December 08, 2010