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Zhihong Chen

Zhihong Chen

Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Engineering

ZHIHONG CHEN is a leader in the study of nanotechnology and nanotube-based microprocessors. She has introduced novel two-dimensional materials to solve scaling challenges in integrated circuit chips.

At IBM, Chen demonstrated excellent transistor performance and developed the first intramolecular circuit on an individual carbon nanotube. She earned multiple IBM Academic Awards and a place on Forbes’ list of the top five nanotech breakthroughs of 2006.

In 2018, Chen was named the director of NEW LIMITS, a multi-university center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her work has contributed to propelling two-dimensional materials from the lab to industrial applications.

In 2010, Chen joined Purdue as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and she was elevated to professor in 2017. Chen was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2022 for her contributions to the understanding and applications of low-dimensional nanomaterials. She serves as an editor for scientific journals and program chair for international conferences. She previously served as associate director of research and interim director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue.


  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MS, University of Florida
  • BS, Fudan University, China


  • 2013 Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award, Purdue University
  • 2012 Rising Star Faculty Award, Intel
  • 2006 “Top Five Nanotech Breakthroughs,” Forbes
  • 2006 “Technologies of the Year,” IndustryWeek
Matthew Huber

Matthew Huber

David E. Ross Director of the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future, Science

MATTHEW HUBER studies the global modeling of past, present, and future climate conditions and the impacts to human settlements; managed landscapes; and natural land, ocean, and cryosphere ecosystems.

He wrote a testimony on long-term climate assessments for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which was entered into the Nuclear Regulatory Commission record. Huber’s research has been considered key to understanding the interplay between changes in the ocean and temperature—including atmosphere heat transport, tropical temperatures, and polar amplification—as a function of climate state.

Huber developed insights into paleoclimatic data, which has been transformative in shaping how future climate change is predicted. His peers have described his investigation of past hothouse climates as foundational in establishing the potential scale and impacts of future warming and heat stress on human populations.

At Purdue, Huber has helped create the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and served as its director before being appointed to the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future. In addition to his university roles, Huber is editor in chief of the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology journal, and he has been published in more than 120 journals.


  • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MS, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, University of Chicago


  • 2022 College of Science Faculty Research Award, Purdue University
  • 2018 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award, American Geophysical Union
  • 2012–2016 Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2004 and 2007 “Top 100 Science Discoveries,” Discover Magazine
Ceridwyn King

Ceridwyn A. King

White Lodging Services Head of the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Health and Human Sciences

CERIDWYN KING is a leading international scholar in hospitality brand management and is regularly engaged as an expert witness in the field. As a visionary leader, she has a vast knowledge of the hospitality industry, a passion for innovation, and a global understanding of higher education.

King serves on several editorial boards for journals, including the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and Journal of Service Management. She is also the editor in chief of the Services Marketing Quarterly journal and the author of A Research Agenda for Brand Management in a New Era of Consumerism.

In 2022, King joined Purdue University’s White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. At Temple University, she previously served as a professor in the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management and was the founding chair of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management. During her time there, she helped create and codirect the Center for Hospitality Resilience, a federally funded resource to aid small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before entering academia, King served as head of marketing for Conrad Jupiters, which is now called the Star Gold Coast—a 609-room leisure, gaming, and entertainment facility on the Gold Coast in Australia. She is also the founder and principal consultant of Seed Marketing Solutions.


  • PhD, Griffith University, Australia
  • MM, Griffith University, Australia
  • BBus, Griffith University, Australia


  • 2021 Arthur F. McGonigle Research Fellow, Temple University
  • 2020 High Achievements in Sponsored Projects Award, Temple University
  • 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly
Arvind Rama

Arvind Raman

John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Engineering

ARVIND RAMAN is a longtime champion of growth and diversity in the College of Engineering and has played a key role in enhancing the reputation of the college. He created and launched the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to attract outstanding individuals interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in engineering academia. He innovated processes to hire top faculty and developed a program to increase external recognition of faculty.

Raman served as the executive associate dean in the College of Engineering from December 2019 to March 2023. He supervised the graduate and undergraduate programs—totaling more than 4,000 graduate and 10,000 undergraduate students. Raman led efforts to improve the college’s promotion and tenure process. He also initiated a collaboration with members of the National Academy of Engineering by creating a program to mentor mid-career and senior faculty, enhancing their ability to receive prestigious awards and recognition.

Raman also serves as the college liaison to the university’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. He launched the Trailblazers in Engineering (TBE) workshop, which prepares outstanding engineering scholars—specifically those committed to broadening participation in engineering—for faculty careers. More than 131 TBE fellows have been trained and mentored since the workshop’s inception in 2020.

As executive associate dean, Raman led the bid to land the largest single research award for the College of Engineering—LASER PULSE, a five-year, $70 million program funded through the United States Agency for International Development’s Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Purdue University
  • BT, Indian Institute of Technology, India


  • 2011 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2010 Keely Visiting Fellow, Wadham College
  • 2005 Early Career Research Award, Purdue University
  • 2002–2007 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
Bryan Boudori

Bryan W. Boudouris

R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering, Engineering

BRYAN BOUDOURIS is a professor of chemical engineering with a courtesy appointment in chemistry. He has played an instrumental role in the field of polymeric and energetic materials development by creating a research ecosystem that combines breakthroughs in foundational molecular principles with a focus on translational impact.

With an interdisciplinary research approach, Boudouris combines the physical sciences, health sciences, and engineering with social, behavioral, and economic sciences to guide and evaluate technological innovations. His active research program focuses on the science and engineering of polymers and soft materials.

Boudouris is the associate vice president for strategic interdisciplinary research in Purdue’s Office of Research. He advances the university’s goals and priorities for research and partnerships by developing research strategy; investing in priority initiatives for the university; and ensuring Purdue teams deliver research outcomes that significantly move the state, nation, and globe forward.

Boudouris is the only Purdue faculty member in history to win the American Physical Society’s John H. Dillon Medal, an annual award given to one young polymer scientist or engineer. He previously held a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as a rotating program director at the National Science Foundation.


  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2022 Dudley A. Saville Lectureship, Princeton University
  • 2021 John H. Dillon Medal, American Physical Society
  • 2020 Owens Corning Early Career Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2016 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
Rajamani Gounder

Rajamani P. Gounder

R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering, Engineering

RAJAMANI GOUNDER is a distinguished researcher of chemical engineering who has made significant contributions to the chemistry and engineering of catalytic systems. His work focuses on the fundamental science of catalysis and its practical applications to develop sustainable routes to synthesize chemicals and fuels and to mitigate their deleterious impacts on the environment. Gounder was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Gounder leads an experimental research group that studies the fundamentals and applications of heterogeneous catalysis and the atomically precise synthesis of inorganic solids and molecular sieves. He is the director of the Purdue Catalysis Center, which fosters collaborative research and provides instruction in the theory and best practices of catalytic science.

Gounder has served as president and director of the Catalysis Club of Chicago. He is also an associate editor for the Science Advances and Reaction Chemistry & Engineering journals and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the ACS Catalysis and Catalysis Reviews journals. Gounder has organized technical programs for many professional societies and meetings, including the North American Catalysis Society meeting, the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers meeting, the Catalysis Club of Chicago meetings, and the 17th International Congress on Catalysis meeting.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, University of Wisconsin


  • 2023 Rutherford Aris Award, International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • 2021 Early Career Award in Catalysis, ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology
  • 2019 College of Engineering Early Career Research Award, Purdue University
  • 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Veera Gude

Veera Gnaneswar Gude

NiSource-Meyer Charitable Foundation Professor at Purdue Northwest, College of Engineering and Sciences

VEERA GNANESWAR GUDE is a researcher in the field of environmental engineering. His areas of expertise include desalination and water purification, sustainable process chemistry, and development of renewable fuels. Gude’s most recent research efforts focus on resource recovery from waste streams and the development of resilient and sustainable renewable energy systems for remote and isolated communities, especially during extreme events and disasters.

Gude holds two U.S. patents related to resource-efficient water and energy technologies for sustainable development. His projects have been funded by agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and authored and edited eight books.

Gude serves as an editor of three prominent energy and environment research journals—Journal of Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy, and Water Environment Research. For the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, he serves as a member of the board of trustees and the executive committee. In 2017, Gude was named Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers Mississippi Section. He also received the American Society for Engineering Education Outstanding New Faculty Research and Early Career Awards.


  • PhD, New Mexico State University
  • MS, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • BS, Osmania University, India


  • 2021 Fellow, Environmental and Water Resources Institute
  • 2021 Inductee, Academy of Civil, Agricultural, and Geological Engineering
  • 2019 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2016 Inductee, Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Mississippi State University
Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta

Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

VIJAY GUPTA is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He studies distributed decision-making in large-scale networked systems, specifically those with applications to societal infrastructure systems. Gupta’s work has contributed to the design of these systems in multiple ways.

Gupta is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been a coauthor on several award-winning papers. He currently serves as the director of graduate programs at the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He previously held positions at the University of Notre Dame, University of Maryland, California Institute of Technology, United Technologies Research Center, and Indian Institute of Technology.


  • PhD, California Institute of Technology


  • 2022 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2018 Antonio Ruberti Young Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Control Systems Society
  • 2013 Donald P. Eckman Award, American Automatic Control Council
  • 2009 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
Myeong Kim

Myeong Hwan Kim

Paul E. Shaffer Chair in Finance at Purdue Fort Wayne, Doermer School of Business

MYEONG HWAN KIM is a renowned professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Purdue University Fort Wayne. As a researcher, he is currently focusing on international economics and is developing research that integrates finance and open economy macroeconomics.

Kim helped start cooperative education ventures with Seoul Women’s University, Namseoul University in South Korea, and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania. Kim has published 38 peer-reviewed articles—seven of which are single-authored—in academic journals, and he is a coauthor of the textbook Economics.

Kim is a member of the American Economic Association, the Korea-America Economic Association, and many other committees and organizations. He is the editor of the Journal of Global Business and Trade. Kim previously held positions at the University of North Georgia, California State University, Claremont Graduate University, the University of Redlands, and Bethesda University.


  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, Ohio University
  • MA, Konkuk University, South Korea
  • BA, Konkuk University, South Korea


  • 2019 Best Paper Award, 2nd International Allied Trade Association Biennial Meeting
  • 2012 RIPPLES Certificate, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • 2011 Recognition Award, Academy of Business Economics
  • 2009–2010 Professor of the Year, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Gerhard Klimeck

Gerhard Klimeck

Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering

GERHARD KLIMECK is the Reilly Director of the Center for Predictive Materials and Devices and assistant vice president of IT Faculty Support and deputy CIO for Information Technology at Purdue. He is also director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, where he helped create nanoHUB.org, which serves over two million global users and has been used as an educational resource at over 185 institutions.

Klimeck focuses his research on the nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics modeling of electron transport through nanoelectronic devices by utilizing massively parallel computing and user behavior analytics and impact metrics in an open cyber-infrastructure. He creates simulation tools that can be applied to realistic nanoelectronic device problems. Klimeck’s research groups built a nanoelectronic modeling software called NEMO, which established state-of-the-art atomistic quantum transport modeling. Since 2015, NEMO has been used at Intel to design at least two generations of transistors.

Klimeck is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He previously served as a contributor and reviewer for critical national initiatives, including the National Nanotechnology Initiative and Argonne National Laboratory.

Klimeck has been awarded six patents and has written one book, 10 book chapters, and more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles and proceedings. He previously held positions at Texas Instruments, Raytheon, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology.


  • PhD, Purdue University
  • Diplom in Electrical Engineering, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


  • 2020 R&D 100 Award in Software and Services, Research and Development World
  • 2019 Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2012 Elected Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2011 IT Infrastructure and Systems Award, Campus Technology
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