Brian L. Rohler is the Director of Information Technology for the Institute of Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Purdue University located in the Indiana Manufacturing Institute building within the Purdue Research Park. IACMI, a DOE funded Manufacturing Innovation Institute led by the University of Tennessee, was awarded in 2015 and is focused on bringing cost competitive manufacturing of composite material components to automotive, wind, and gas storage applications. Purdue hosts the Manufacturing Design, Modeling, and Simulation Technology Area, one of five Technology Areas within IACMI.
Mr. Rohler’s previous position was the Director of Information Technology for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), a National Science Foundation cooperative agreement. This $105M grant was the largest grant ever received at Purdue University. NEES’s mission was to accelerate improvements in seismic design and performance by serving as an indispensable collaboratory for discovery and innovation. Mr. Rohler joined Purdue University in 2009 as a senior software engineer. In this position, he led the transition of the NEES project from San Diego Super Computer to Purdue. This included determining requirements, designing the system, procuring the hardware and software and finally installing and debugging until a complete working system was ready for release.
Mr. Rohler’s education includes a BA in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and a minor in embedded microcontroller systems from Purdue at Indiana University/ Purdue in Kokomo, IN.
Before coming to Purdue, Mr. Rohler spent 20 years in industry working for General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems. He spent the first six years as an advanced manufacturing test engineer developing test hardware and software to verify the proper assembly of airbag controllers. The following six years he spent in production/operations as a test engineer and surface mount process engineer. With formal training in software engineering, he transferred to the adaptive cruise control team where he developed embedded software for a cruise control component which utilized an in-car radar system. Next, Mr. Rohler moved into the systems engineering support role where he helped support communication devices used to communicate between a computer and the automotive electronic component.
Mr. Rohler finished his career with Delphi as a technical manager of a Delphi facility in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, IN. In this role, he managed up to 80 Purdue college students (sophomore, junior, senior) from the college of engineering (EE & ECE), college of technology (EET) and college of computer science (CS). These part-time students were part of an independent test and verification process where they tested and verified automotive electronic components against engineering requirements