Students and Faculty

Purdue is currently home to 2001 Indian students—933 undergraduates and 1068 graduate and professional program students. Purdue’s Indian students hail from every major metropolitan area in India and from Indian students on six continents. Indian students represent 21.9% of our international student body—up from 18.2% two years ago. Thanks to the generous contributions of Purdue alumni, since 2016, Purdue has offered merit-based scholarships to students from India, through the Indian Emerging Scholar fund.

Indian students play an active role in campus activities. There are dozens of student organizations in which students can become involved. For example, Indian Graduate Students at Purdue (IGRASP) is a campus cultural organization that aims to build a sense of community away from home for Indian graduate students at Purdue by easing the initial transition to U.S. university life while celebrating the major Indian holidays. Visit their website http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~igrasp/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/igrasp.purdueWL/.

Purdue has several other clubs and associations that are geared toward Indian students and/or celebrate Indian culture. Check them out.

Student Profile

Kiran Iyer

Kiran Iyer is a third-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Chemistry with Dr. R. Graham Cooks. She moved to the US in 2011 where she began working with The Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, GA. Kiran has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Mumbai University and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. After her master’s degree, she worked as a computational chemist in Piramal Life Sciences Ltd in Mumbai, India.

After working in the industry for 5 years, Kiran decided to return to graduate school and joined Purdue for a PhD program in 2015. Kiran is passionate about chemistry and credits her high school teacher in India for instilling the love of chemistry in her. While Kiran has explored many divisions of chemistry, Analytical Chemistry seems to be the branch of chemistry that she enjoys the most. Her current work focuses on studying preparative mass spectrometry (MS) and acceleration of reactions in confined volumes such as micro droplets.

Kiran currently serves as the Analytical division representative on the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB), where she serves as the liaison between the students of the department and the faculty. Kiran recognizes that the life of a graduate student can be difficult and therefore encourages talking to the GSAB and other organizations around campus for support and to also provide valuable feedback. Groups such as Indian Graduate Student Association at Purdue (IGRASP) are also extremely useful in helping students make those important connections and be part of a larger Indian community here at Purdue. The IGRASP Facebook page is an easy means to know everything from events pertaining to the Indian community to furniture sales, to finding roommates!

Kiran is passionate about sports and supports causes related to sports in India. She is a supporter of the Olympic Gold Quest and the Dribble Academy, which are non-profit organizations based in India.

Faculty Profile

Dev Niyogi

Dr. Dev Niyogi is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy-Crops, Soils, Water Sciences and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He is also the Indiana State Climatologist and has acted as a faculty ambassador as part of Purdue's pilot international outreach program. He holds an appointment as a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the climate science program. Recently he spent part of his sabbatical working in India with various academic and private entities, and institutions such as the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Indian Meteorological Department through Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India.

Professor Niyogi's work is primarily focused on understanding topics such as monsoons and heavy rains, extreme weather events under changing climate and landcover changes. The goal of his research is to understand fundamental processes and then apply them to improving weather forecasting of severe weather events using a combination of models and satellite remote sensing datasets. His research work has been published in over 150 peer-reviewed journal papers and has been cited over 7000 times, including in popular press such as CNN, Times of India, Discovery Channel, and Wired magazine.

His current research focuses on the role of urbanization, impacts of agricultural intensification and human activities across India. The research into these areas is supported in part by a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER grant, and a National Monsoon Mission project through Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India. Professor Niyogi's work has also been shepherded through an Indo US Science and Technology Foundation (IUSSTF) network program virtual center on cyclones and heavy rains through a Purdue partnership with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Indian MoES institutions and the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneshwar.

Professor Niyogi has a zeal for collaborating with researchers and students and has tremendous interest in forging public-private partnerships, with a particular focus on building smart and resilient cities, risk management against hazards, as well as for developing applications for sustainable agriculture enterprises. He is passionate about helping scale-up research ideas to transform concepts to value-generating projects.

In his spare time, Niyogi keeps track of activities in his hometown Mumbai and is an avid cricket and Bollywood fan. He has a ready ear for good music and an appetite for spicy food. He also likes to read humor, travelogues, and biographies and sometimes pens his own short stories. One day he hopes to follow monsoons from Andamans to the Himalayas and beyond and write and film it. A new-found passion is meditation and the love for the Himalayas and photography.

Dr. Niyogi is always open to discussions and ideas about working in and with Indian groups and sharing his own recipes – whether for a spicy daal or how to effectively work with diverse teams.

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