EVPRP Staff Biographies
Suresh Garimella, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, NSF Cooling Technologies Research Center
Phone: (765) 494-6209
Fax: (765) 496-2589
Dr. Suresh Garimella is Purdue University’s Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. He previously served as Chief Global Affairs Officer (2013-2014), and as Associate Vice President for Engagement (2011-2013). He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, his MS from The Ohio State University in 1986, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1985. His areas of expertise include micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, thermal management and energy efficiency in electronics systems, renewable and sustainable energy systems technology and policy, and global academic-public-private partnerships. Dr. Garimella has supervised over 80 PhD and MS students, and co-authored 500 refereed journal/conference publications and 18 patents and patent applications. Seventeen alumni from his research group are now faculty members in prestigious universities around the world. Dr. Garimella has held honorary faculty positions at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, Xi’an JiaoTong University in China, and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Modine Manufacturing Company.
Dr. Garimella served as Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2011, in the International Energy Office. He explored pathways to a clean energy future, analyzing cross-cutting issues at the intersection of energy security and climate change. He was the State Department delegate to the Committee on Energy Research & Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and also participated as a Member of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Science & Technology Working Group visit to Moscow in February-March, 2011. Most recently, he was reappointed Senior Fellow of the State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), a regional partnership announced by President Obama at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas to promote clean energy, advance energy security, fight energy poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support strategies for sustainable landscapes and build capacity for climate change adaptation.
Dr. Garimella serves in editorial roles with several leading energy-related journals. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His efforts in research and engineering education have been recognized with the 2014 ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, 2011 NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, 2010 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, 2009 ASME Allan Kraus Thermal Management Award, 2004 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 2012 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 1995 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, 1997 UWM Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 1992 Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, among others.
Alan H. Rebar, DVM, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President for Research
Executive Director, Discovery Park
Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Phone: (765) 496-6625
Fax: (765) 496-2589
Dr. Alan H. Rebar received his DVM degree in 1973, and his PhD in 1975, both from Purdue University. Dr. Rebar’s current positions are Purdue University Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Executive Director of Discovery Park and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and he is a former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University.
He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a former member of the Council of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, past-president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, former editor of the journal Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and current editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Rebar is an internationally recognized expert in clinical laboratory medicine, having authored or co-authored eight textbooks and presented nearly 300 invited lectures nationally and internationally, and has served widely as a consultant to the pharmaceutics industry and as a scientific advisor to the Departments of Interior and Justice as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.
His areas of expertise include comparative veterinary hematology, diagnostic cytology, and toxicologic pathology.
Jeff Bolin, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research Centers, Cores, and Research Development Services
Professor of Biological Sciences
Phone: (765) 494-6350
Fax: (765) 496-8323
Jeff Bolin is Purdue University’s associate vice president for research. In this position, he is charged with general responsibility for various aspects of research administration, long-range and annual planning, and oversight of inter- and cross-disciplinary efforts in research. His specific responsibilities include oversight and administration of research core facilities, research development services, and Purdue’s centers policy.
Bolin is a professor of biological sciences and had served as Purdue’s associate dean of research for the College of Science since 2005.
Bolin’s research interests include biochemistry, structural biology, and macromolecular crystallography; the structure and function of proteins, especially metalloenzymes; and current research centers on enzymes involved in the catabolism and biodegradation of aromatic and haloaromatic compounds. His research projects have been supported by awards from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the Exxon Corporation, and the Purdue Research Foundation.
Bolin received his doctoral and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego in 1982 and 1976 respectively and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue University.
Marietta L. Harrison, Ph.D.
Special Adviser for Strategic Initiatives
Director, Oncological Sciences Center - Discovery Park
Associate Director, Center for Cancer Research
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy
Phone: (765) 494-1442
Marietta Harrison received her Ph.D. degree in 1980 from the University of Wyoming. She undertook postdoctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she was the recipient of Postdoctoral Fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Institute. She moved to Purdue University in 1982 when her husband accepted a faculty position in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. She joined the faculty at Purdue in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.
Harrison's current positions are Director, Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park; Associate Vice President for Research; Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; Deputy Director Purdue Center for Drug Discovery; and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. Harrison was the co-recipient of a Lafayette Lions Purdue Cancer Research Award and served for many years on the Purdue University Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Committee, the School of Pharmacy Minority Advocacy Committee and as faculty advisor to the Purdue chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. She also served as a member of the American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Human Resource Committee.
Harrison is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed publications and served as a member of several National Institutes of Health Special Study Sections. She served as a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Experimental Immunology Study Section from 1997-2001. She has served as a reviewer for several journals and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from 1995-2000 and 2003-2006.
In October 2006, Harrison was honored as the Collaborator of the Year with an award from the Walther Cancer Institute.
Currently, Harrison co-leads the large-scale, multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional Cancer Care Engineering project, the Physical Sciences and Engineering Clinical Oncology Embedding project and the Cancer Culture and Community project.
Charles O. Rutledge, Ph.D.
Dean Emeritus of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences
and Vice President Emeritus for Research
Phone: (765) 494-6209
Fax: (765) 496-2589
Charles O. (Chip) Rutledge served as Vice President for Research at Purdue University from 2002 until he retired in June, 2008. During his tenure as VPR, sponsored program awards more than doubled - surpassing $334 million for the 2007 - 2008 academic year.
Dr. Rutledge received a B.S. pharmacy at the University of Kansas in 1959 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology at Harvard in 1966. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in pharmacology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was on the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine from 1967 to 1975. Dr. Rutledge was then appointed Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. In 1987, Dr. Rutledge was appointed Dean of the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue and served in this capacity until 2002. In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director for Discovery Park, a new 126 million dollar interdisciplinary research initiative on the Purdue campus.
Dr. Rutledge has been very active in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, serving as Chair of the Council of Faculties, Chair of the Council of Deans, and Association President in 1996-97. He has also served on the Volwiler Award Committee, the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee, the Committee on the Present and Future Needs of the Council of Faculties, the Academic Management System Organizing Committee, and was a member of the Commission on Implementing Change in Pharmacy Education. Dr. Rutledge is a registered pharmacist in Kansas and Indiana. He served as the first Chair of the Indiana Drug Utilization Review Board.
Dr. Rutledge served as President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from 1996-97. He has served as Councilor and Treasurer of this organization. He currently is the Chairman of the Investment Subcommittee of the Finance Committee. His interest in financial affairs was also demonstrated when he served as Treasurer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology from 1994-96. He was Field Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Editor of Biogenic Amines. Dr. Rutledge has been a member of two NIMH Review Committees and the NIGMS Pharmacological Sciences Review Committee, which reviews training grants in the pharmacological sciences.
Dr. Rutledge has published over 150 papers and abstracts in the field of neuropharmacology. His research includes establishment of a model for studying the mechanism by which amphetamine releases biogenic amine neurotransmitters from nerve endings. He has also conducted studies on the biochemical-behavioral correlates in the use of levodopa for the treatment of Parkinsonism. Other studies have involved an examination of the lipid micro-environment of nerve endings as a determinant of the activity of proteins involved in neurotransmission.
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Mary Duarte Millsaps
Operations Manager and Facility Security Officer
Phone: (765) 494-0702
Fax: (765) 494-8323
Mary Duarte Millsaps is the Operations Manager for the Office of the Vice President for Research. In this position, she manages the central cost sharing funds and assists faculty in navigate the cost sharing process. She also monitors Purdue's policies and procedures related to cost share and ensure compliance with federal and other sponsors' requirements. In addition, Millsaps undertakes special projects as determined by the senior leadership of the OVPR.
Millsaps received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Purdue University in 2005 as a Senior Account Manager in Sponsored Program Services.
Managing Director for Launching Centers and Institutes
Phone: (765) 494-4891
Fax: (765) 494-4850
Ned Howell's duties include leading launch team efforts associated with the startup of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes at Purdue. Prior to assuming this role in 2009, Howell held the position of managing director in the e-Enterprise Center at Discovery Park since joining Purdue in 2002. In his roles at Purdue, Howell has worked with a variety of centers and academic units, including RCHE, OSC, PURVAC, NEXTRANS, C3Bio, Center for Science of Information STC, and the School of Industrial Engineering. Before coming to Purdue he had 27 years of engineering and consulting experience in a variety of consumer products, defense, manufacturing, and software industries.
Managing Director for Launching Centers and Institutes
Phone: (765) 494-6223
Fax: (765) 496-8299
Dave Kotterman's duties include leading launch team efforts associated with the startup of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes at Purdue. Kotterman has held positions of operations manager and managing director with the ALS NSCORT and INAC research centers within Discovery Park since 2003. Prior to coming to Purdue he had nineteen years of industrial experience in startup situations and leading project planning and implementation initiatives. Kotterman will continue to support the ALS NSCORT and INAC on a part-time basis throughout the life of these NASA supported research grants.
Geanie Umberger, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research
Phone: (765) 496-3723
Fax: (765) 494-8323
Dr. Geanie Umberger has joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she holds a degree in pharmacy, a Master’s of Science in Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology. As part of her doctoral graduate work, she was part of a team that developed a device for studying movement and motor control in animals and humans. She did her post doctoral work at the UK College of Medicine, Department of Neurology where she worked with the clinicians to develop potential diagnostic techniques using fMRI for diagnosing Alzheimer's and other memory-related diseases.
Coming from a business background of running a small family-owned pharmacy, she work at Lexmark International, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Registrat, Inc. Dr. Umberger was previously Administrative Director for Clinical and Translational Science in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky. In her new position, she will identify and facilitate collaborations between industry and investigators, programs, centers, Discovery Park, departments, start-up companies, and community partners.
Voichita M. Dadarlat, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research
Phone: (765) 496-1763
Fax: (765) 494-8323
Voichita Dadarlat, as an assistant vice president for research compliance, works to implement and improve research compliance practices and procedures in the areas of Conflict of Interest, Human Subjects Protection, and Export Controls. She currently acts as a conflict of interest administrator/human research subject’s protection administrator, and is reviewing and managing outside activity and financial interest disclosures, and IRB approved protocols.
Voichita received her PhD in physics from Purdue University in 1997 and was a Sloan/DOE postdoctoral fellow in computational biophysics at Purdue and a visiting research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. In 2001, she returned to Purdue as a research scientist in chemistry. Prior to joining the Office of Research Administration in 2006, she was a senior research scientist in computer science and medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. Voichita has published several papers on computational biophysics and continues to pursue research in the area of protein stability and free energy calculation for protein-ligand binding.
Director of Research Quality Assurance
Phone: (765) 496-6653
Fax: (765) 494-1360
Michael Szczepanski's duties include leading the team efforts related to research quality assurance. Szczepanski has held positions of special projects manager with Sponsored Program Services, director Business Services Computing, and several positions in Contract and Grant Business Affairs (former name of SPS). While in OCGBA he performed pre and post award roles for grants from federal, state, foreign government, foundations and industrial sponsors. Szczepanski also was involved with the development and management of sponsored program and financial systems.
Dan Hirleman, Ph.D.
Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer
Phone: (765) 494-9095
E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014 where he is responsible for substantially growing research and education partnerships with the private sector, and for strategic global partnerships with nations, institutions of higher education, NGOs and companies. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute as well as Purdue’s International Programs operation that currently serves over 9,000 students and scholars.
Hirleman studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University and received a BSME, graduating in 3 years with a 4.0 GPA, followed by MSME and Ph.D. He received Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships, and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined Arizona State University as faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.
He then served as William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Purdue ME, leading that School as it grew to over 500 graduate and 1300 undergrad students, developed BS/MS, BS/MBA and direct-to-Ph.D. programs, tripled sponsored research, and completed a $142M Capital Campaign providing for scholarships, fellowships, endowed professorships, and two new ME buildings. He has received: the INEER International Achievement Award in 2006; the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation in 2008, and the 2009 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award of ASME/Pi Tau Sigma. He is a Fellow of ASME and chaired the Advisory Board of Engineers for a Sustainable World. Just prior to rejoining Purdue he served for four years as the second dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.
Hirleman has about 200 technical publications, 6 U.S. patents, and has presented 80 invited lectures in 14 countries. His current research involves laser-??based sensors used in detection and identification of cells and colonies for bio-??hazard characterization, high-??throughput screening, and stem cell diagnostics. His work in particle and flow diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering is also recognized. Ten inventions/technologies developed in his lab have been licensed to the private sector and/or are in commercial products. His work has been supported by 70 grants from 31 companies and 10 government agencies (total funding of over $21M).
He is married to Laura Kennedy Hirleman, M.C., who counsels in private practice and in their church. They have 3 children. He was on the Board of a Purdue Campus Ministry and founding President of nonprofit Kairos Ministries, which provides worship services, counseling, and tutoring in Phoenix area jails. For stress relief he plays racquetball, and has won numerous university open (ASU, Purdue) and state age-division championships (AZ, CA, IN) as well as medaling twice in his division at the National Championships.