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December 13, 2012

Depew appointed interim director of GPRI

Dennis Depew, dean emeritus and professor in the College of Technology, has been named interim director of the Global Policy Research Institute.

Depew is a member of GPRI's Faculty Leadership Committee and co-instructor of the Global Policy Issues course taught each spring semester. He succeeds Arden Bement, who is retiring after serving as inaugural director of GPRI since 2010.

Depew first came to Purdue in 1985 to pursue a doctorate after earning bachelor's and master's degrees from East Tennessee State University. He joined the Department of Industrial Technology faculty in 1987.

He served as head of industrial technology, university coordinator of Excellence 21 and assistant dean of the graduate school before moving to Western Carolina University, where he was dean of the College of Applied Sciences from 1999-2002. Depew returned to Purdue in 2002, serving as dean of the College of Technology through 2011.

Depew has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $2 million in grants to support academic programs and applied research and serves as a reviewer for programs funded by the National Science Foundation.

He is the author of more than 60 technical publications and papers and has served as a consultant on quality and productivity improvement for Fortune 500 companies. He is a member of the American Society for Quality, the American Association for Engineering Education and Epsilon Pi Tau Honorary Society.