Edwin Kpodzro

Graduate Research Assistant

Email: ekpodzro@purdue.edu


Edwin is a direct Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering with a Design area focus, and a member of the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. He is also pursuing the Interdisciplinary Graduate Concentration in Transformational Innovation and Design. As a founding member of the Graduate Researchers for International Development (GRID) student organization, Edwin’s desire is to see academic research and innovation translated into impactful real-world solutions through design that is participatory and interdisciplinary. His personal research work involves strategic design and development of solutions to global grand challenges such as poverty and low economic development, energy and resource efficiency, and feeding the world sustainably. He has been recognized for his work by Bayer Crop Science as one of the 100 youth leaders and agricultural change-makers at the 2021 Youth Ag Summit (YAS) and the first-ever virtual YAS University. Edwin’s responsibilities as a Graduate Research Assistant with GEPP include providing support for various engineering study abroad and international recruitment programs and partnerships, the annual Innovation for International Development (I2D) Expo hosted by the Shah Family Global Innovation Lab, and associated classes in the Global Engineering Learning Community.