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John W. Sutherland, Ph.D.

John W. Sutherland

Professor and Fehsenfeld Family Head
Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University

Dr. John W. Sutherland is the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue University. As the first permanent Head of EEE (which offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees), he has nurtured its growth into one of the largest environmental engineering programs in the U.S. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to assuming his present position in 2009, he was a faculty member at Michigan Technological University. He presently leads the Purdue Engineering Textbook Series initiative, having previously served as a Co-Executive Director of the Indiana Next-Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC).

Sutherland is one of the world’s leading authorities on the application of sustainability principles to design, manufacturing, and other industrial issues. He has contributed pioneering research and education achievements, and provided leadership to advancing the field of environmentally responsible design and manufacturing. He has mentored nearly 90+ students to the completion of their graduate degrees, including 25 Ph.D. students. He has published over 300 papers in various journals and conference proceedings.

His honors and recognitions include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1992), Michigan Technological University Distinguished Teaching Award (1992), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (1999), Michigan Technological University Research Award (2000), SME Education Award (2009), SAE International John Connor Environmental Award (2010), ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award (2013), and SME Gold Medal (2018). Sutherland is a Fellow of SME (2005), ASME (2006), and CIRP (2011).


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