Featured Department Head
Venkataramanan (Ragu) Balakrishnan
Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue
I am proud to lead the largest academic department (by many measures) at Purdue. As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the school, I am proud to say that ECE has never been stronger. Our talented faculty, with over 80 members, has attracted an unprecedented number of the world's brightest engineering students, including over 500 PhD students, the highest number ever in our history. Their collaboration has resulted in many successful and nationally recognized research projects, funded by over $33 million in annual research dollars. Our investment in academic innovation has contributed to consistent Top Ten rankings for both our undergraduate and graduate programs. Even as we are at the top of our game, we are poised to grow in the coming years, and we look forward to continuing ECE's long legacy of excellence in education and research.
Prof. Balakrishnan has been on the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Purdue University since August 1994. He has served in multiple administrative positions at Purdue, including Associate Dean of Engineering for Research. He became the Head of ECE in 2010 and was named the inaugural Michael and Katherine Birck Head of ECE.
Prof. Balakrishnan's research interests are primarily in the areas of control and the application of convex optimization to problems from systems, control, robotics, communication and signal processing. He was the founding chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robust Control (under the IEEE Control Systems Society) and has been appointed to the IEEE CSS Board of Governors for 2014.
Prof. Balakrishnan is the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. From the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, he has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award and the Honeywell Award for excellence in teaching. He is a Purdue University Scholar and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Prof. Balakrishnan received the B. Tech degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering and the President of India Gold Medal from The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1985, graduating at the top of the University. He received the M.S. degree in Statistics in 1992 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering, in 1989 and 1992 respectively, all from Stanford University.