Rabindra N. Mukerjea
Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Assessment
Phone: (765) 494-9708
In his capacity as Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment, Rabindra N. Mukerjea reports to the president of Purdue University. His expertise lies in the areas of strategic planning and assessment, budget/resource planning, and architectural design/design methods. Since 2001, he has held his current position as well as a professorship in horticulture and landscape architecture.
At Purdue, Mukerjea also holds service activities/appointments, task force, and committee responsibilities commensurate with his position, including membership in the president's Cabinet and Capital Projects Council, Information Technology Strategic Governance Committee, and advisor to the University Senate. Mukerjea has been instrumental in the development and implementation of University-wide strategic plans for two Purdue Presidents. In 2010, he was awarded The Order of the Griffin, a highest honor at Purdue University, presented exclusively by the President to "men and women whose commitment and service to the University go well beyond the call of duty, and whose strength and vision have greatly benefited the institution."
His community service as strategic planning consultant includes the Family Services Inc., Lafayette/West Lafayette School Corporation, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Indiana Arts Commission, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, The Museum at Prophetstown, Leadership Lafayette, and as a board member and president of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year award from the Family Services, Inc. in Lafayette, IN.
He received a bachelor of architecture with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. He earned a master of applied science (systems design) from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he immediately began employment as a lecturer in the university's School of Architecture. Moving to Iowa State University after a period in professional practice in Canada, as assistant professor of architecture in 1971, he rose to the rank of professor and held administrative positions as assistant to the chair, coordinator of graduate programs, and acting chair in architecture; associate dean for academic and student affairs, and interim dean of the college of design; and assistant to the president for budget planning and analysis. In 2001, Mukerjea was named professor emeritus of architecture and Christian Petersen Laureate in the College of Design "for contributions to the advancement of design through personal aesthetic achievement, exceptional support, or extraordinary encouragement and service."
He is author of various publications and papers on computer-aided design and has been principal investigator for many research projects in the areas of architectural programming and computer-aided design.