To:            Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:        Gerry McCartney, System Chief Information Officer and Oesterle Professor of Information Technology

Date:         July 30, 2015

Re:            Academic Director Appointments

I am pleased to announce the appointment of two academic directors effective August 1, 2015 who will report directly to me.

Dr. Stephen Beaudoin has accepted the appointment of Academic Director for Teaching and Learning Technologies. As Academic Director, Dr. Beaudoin will provide faculty perspective, vision and direction for teaching and learning technologies system-wide but particularly for the West Lafayette campus. Dr. Beaudoin will work closely with the recently announced Associate Vice Provost and Director of Digital Education and other individuals and groups across the University who are working to move the University forward in transformative education.

Dr. Beaudoin, who joined Purdue in 2003, is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and has held several administrative roles including his most recent appointment as the Interim Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Beaudoin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD from North Carolina State University, all in chemical engineering. Dr. Beaudoin’s work finds applications in explosives detection and in microelectronics, food, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Dr. Beaudoin is the Trace & Vapor Lead for the ALERT Center of Excellence, a Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Center of Excellence. Dr. Beaudoin is known for the quality of his teaching and mentoring, and has received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Purdue Student Government and the Mentoring Excellence Award from the College of Engineering.

Dr. Santiago Pujol has accepted the appointment of Academic Director for Research Computing. Dr. Pujol will provide faculty perspective, vision and direction for Purdue’s activities around cyberinfrastructure for research especially the HUBzero platform and the community cluster program. Dr. Pujol will work closely with Discovery Park’s Chief Scientist and Executive Director, other individuals and groups across Purdue, and other universities and federal agencies to ensure that Purdue’s cyberinfrastructure efforts align most effectively with our faculty’s research mission and goals.

Dr. Pujol is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and joined Purdue in 2005. Dr. Pujol received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the National University of Columbia. He received his Master of Science and PhD in civil engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Pujol’s research interests include displacement-based design of earthquake-resistant structures, response of structures to earthquake demands and impulsive loads, instrumentation, monitoring, repair and strengthening of structures, and engineering data management.