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Donald W. Feddersen Professorship in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue is conducting a search for an academic leader to be the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering. (002218-2009)

Requirements: S/he will be expected to explore and define the interface between mechanical engineering and information technologies. Such technologies involve the collection, processing, presentation, and application of data for the purpose of improving the efficiency, performance, and/or utility of engineered systems and processes. Research and scholarship related to complexity in natural, built, and social systems, computational thinking, cyber-infrastructure, data mining, embedded systems, life cycle analysis and sustainability, and/or system of systems are of interest. The endowed Feddersen Professorship is for a faculty member with a primary appointment in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The Feddersen Professor should hold an earned PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related discipline, and have credentials suitable for appointment as a full professor in the School.

Established in 1882, the School of Mechanical Engineering is the oldest of Purdue's engineering schools and has granted over 26, 000 degrees. Through its one and a quarter centuries, the School has become synonymous with innovation and outstanding accomplishment in engineering research and education. Its students and faculty form a vibrant community of scholars who are recognized worldwide for their technical expertise and the impact of their work. In addition to supporting faculty expansion the School's alumni support has enabled: growth in endowed professorships, with 18 now committed; the $34.5M Roger B. Gatewood Wing of Mechanical Engineering to be LEED-certified and completed in 2011; a $23M Ray W. Herrick laboratories expansion; numerous endowed scholarships and fellowships and various innovative programs including global engineering. Its annual research expenditures and endowment/trust funds have grown rapidly to about $22M per year and over $80M, respectively.

Application: Review of applications will begin August 1, 2009 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Interested persons are requested to submit an application online at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUs/Employment/Applications.

The submitted material should include a letter of application (emphasizing the ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position as described above) a complete curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers for at least three references. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Marion Ragland (ragland@purdue.edu). Nominations of outstanding potential candidates are welcomed. Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to:

E. Dan Hirleman
William E. and Florence E. Perry Head, School of Mechanical Engineering
585 Engineering Mall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Email: hirleman@purdue.edu