Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. is the 12th president of Purdue University and the former governor of Indiana.
He was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004 in his first bid for any elected office, and then re-elected in 2008 with more votes than any governor in the state's history. During his tenure, Indiana went from an $800 million deficit to its first AAA credit rating, led the nation in infrastructure building and passed sweeping education and healthcare reforms.
After a series of transformations, which included the biggest tax cut in state history, the nation’s most sweeping deregulation of the telecommunications industry and a host of other reforms aimed at strengthening the state’s economy, Indiana was rated a top five state for business climate and number one for state infrastructure and effectiveness of state government as Daniels exited office. Indiana’s business climate is now rated among the nation’s best.
At Purdue, Daniels has prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths. Breaking with a 36-year trend, Purdue has held tuition unchanged from 2012 through at least the 2020-21 academic year. Simultaneously, room rates have remained steady, meal plan rates have fallen about 10%, and student borrowing has dropped 33% while investments in student success and STEM research have undergone unprecedented growth. It is less expensive to attend Purdue today than it was in 2012.
In recognition of his leadership as both a governor and a university president, Daniels was named among the Top 50 World Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.
Prior to becoming governor, Daniels served as chief of staff to Senator Richard Lugar, senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. He also was the CEO of the Hudson Institute, a major contract research organization. During an 11-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, he held a number of top executive posts including president of Eli Lilly’s North American pharmaceutical operations.
Daniels earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a law degree from Georgetown. He is the author of three books and a contributing columnist in the Washington Post.
He and his wife Cheri have four daughters and six grandchildren.
Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer
Purdue Research Foundation
David is an experienced business executive with a passion and track record for building organizations and creating value by advancing breakthrough innovation to the marketplace. He currently serves as the Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer for Purdue Research Foundation. In this role, David is responsible for advancing strategic innovation initiatives targeting corporate partners and key stakeholders. David is the Founder and CEO of Zorion Medical, a leading medical device company focused on developing and commercializing fully absorbable technology utilizing bio-metals. The first set of applications target peripheral artery disease including arterial dissections, congenital vascular defects in children, and AV fistulas in renal-dialysis patients.
Prior to joining Purdue, David was the Founding President and CEO of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis, IN – an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to discovery science and applied research initially targeting diabetes, cardio- metabolic disease, and poor nutrition, inspired by the state’s leading life sciences companies. David was President and CEO of Alkermes, a publicly traded biotechnology company, leading the organization through significant transformation with the launch of several new products, including Vivitrol - the only long acting treatment for alcohol and opiate dependence. As both an intra- and entrepreneur, he has led teams in a range of organizations, including multiple start-ups. David started his career at Eli Lilly and Company and for more than 15 years was responsible for supporting the development and commercialization of multiple pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic products.
David received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College where he was a chemistry and mathematics major, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed a graduate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of Zorion Medical, Inc., Apexian Pharmaceuticals, and InScope Medical. David is a trustee at Wabash College, chairing the committee on Trusteeship.
Chief Strategy Office
As the chief strategy officer, Joanne Burns advances Cerner's strategic initiatives and direction by ensuring that execution across all of Cerner’s business units aligns to its vision through a clearly articulated strategy. Additionally, she works with executive leadership at large, national health care organizations guiding alignment of information technology initiatives to strategic goals and objectives established by board of director priorities. Joanne led the Tiger Institute, a unique public/private partnership between Cerner and the University of Missouri, serving as chief information officer of MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute. Under her leadership, MU Health Care received the Missouri Quality Award, and was recognized as a U.S. News & World Report “Most Connected” hospital. Previously, Joanne worked at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California, and had responsibility for pioneering new models of health care delivery with heavy reliance on innovation and technology to drive down costs. Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New York at Plattsburgh and her Master of Public Administration in Hospital Administration from the University of San Francisco. Joanne received program certification in “Women on Boards” from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She is also an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow designate.
Co-Chief Executive Officer, ReliantHeart Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Imperativ
Managing Partner at the Chopraj Group LLC
Gopal Chopra is an experienced neurosurgeon and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic advisory, investment, clinical research and operational experience in the healthcare sector across the medical device, diagnostic, services, information technology and pharma verticals. Dr. Chopra has worked with early stage as well as large cap private and public companies in developed and emerging markets and is the co-founder, managing partner of TCG, an executive accelerator focused on cutting edge medical and wellness technologies. Dr. Chopra was the co-founder and Chairman of pingmd, Inc., a New York City-based mobile healthcare solutions company designed to advance communications with efficient telecare between patients, physicians and their colleagues, built on smart self-reported data sets from patients. He was a senior investment banker in the healthcare group of Lazard Frères, focused on medical devices and diagnostics and advised on strategic deals across mergers & acquisitions, IPOs, PIPEs and private financings. Dr. Chopra has also worked at Boston Scientific Corporation in business development and co-founded several medical device companies where he served in a business development role, including Hansen Medical. Dr. Chopra has practiced as a neurosurgeon in Australia, India, Canada and the U.S., and has held faculty appointments at Stanford University, Duke University and the University of Melbourne. As an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina. He has been an invited expert for his work in Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Robotics and Neurocognition. Dr. Chopra obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia, his degree in neurosurgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and his master’s degree in business from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
A leading figure in the modeling and understanding of nano-scale electronic conduction, Dr. Supriyo Datta has been called “one of the most original thinkers in the field of nanoscale electronics.” He is currently the Thomas Duncan Distinguished professor at the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012 for his work on quantum transport in nanoscale devices. He is also known for his work on spin electronics and molecular electronics. Dr. Datta received his B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India in 1975. He then received both his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977 and 1979 respectively.
Purdue Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Tomás Díaz de la Rubia is Purdue University’s Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. In this position, his responsibilities include building upon Discovery Park's foundation of excellence which has enabled high-impact research that crosses traditional academic boundaries. He works closely with the faculty and deans to help catalyze Purdue's many strengths and build on its legacy of interdisciplinary research with global impact. He is also a professor of Materials Science, and of Strategic Management (by Courtesy) in the Krannert School of Management.
Before coming to Purdue, Díaz de la Rubia served as innovation leader and a director in Deloitte's energy and resources industry practice in Washington, D.C., working with Fortune 500 energy and manufacturing companies to identify and capitalize on business opportunities arising from potentially disruptive, innovative new technologies.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Tomás was the chief research officer and deputy laboratory director for science and technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, where he was responsible for the long-term health of the science and technology foundations of the laboratory's $1.6 billion research program. In this capacity, he oversaw a $300M program of basic and applied research, and was responsible for the Laboratory's industrial partnerships and technology commercialization. From 2002-2009, he was an associate director at LLNL, leading its chemistry, materials science, life sciences, and energy and environmental sciences organizations, as well as its $60 million basic materials science, chemistry and biology programs with the Department of Energy's Office of Science.
Tomás is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Intelligence Community Studies Board, which discusses science and technology issues of importance to the nations' intelligence community. Tomás also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace and prosperity through international scientific collaboration, and as a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Physics Reviews. Among his hobbies, he is a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a worldwide group dedicated to promoting the virtues of the wines and foods of Burgundy.
Díaz de la Rubia has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and has co-edited several books and conference proceedings. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as an elected member of the board of directors of the Materials Research Society, and vice-chair of the division of computational physics of the American Physical Society. He holds a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) and a doctorate in physics from The State University of New York, Albany.
President and CEO
Dr. Peter Embi is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, and leader in the field of clinical and translational research informatics, with numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations describing his innovations in the field. His areas of interest include biomedical informatics, health information technology, patient-centered outcomes and learning health systems. Dr. Embi serves as President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute. He is also the Associate Dean for Informatics and Health Services Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Associate Director at Indiana CTSI and Vice President for Learning Health Systems at IU Health. He previously served in leadership roles at The Ohio State University. He was also on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, where he was the founding director of the UC Center for Health Informatics. Dr. Embi is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Design, Art, and Performance
Dr. Fliotsos' research is primarily in theatre pedagogy, women directors, and 20th century Broadway. Her books include New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts (Palgrave 2018), Teaching Theatre Today (Palgrave Macmillan 2004, 2nd ed. 2009), American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century (U of IL 2008), Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and International Women Stage Directors (U of IL 2013). She was a founding co-editor of the Peer Reviewed Section of The Journal of Stage Directors and Choreographers and has published essays in Women in American Musical Theatre, Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Culture, American Theatre, and Research in Drama Education. She won the George Whatley Award for best article in Studies in Popular Culture (2006). Her website chronicling 20th century Broadway theatre can be found at: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~fliotsos/b/b/index.html
In addition to her scholarly endeavors, Dr. Fliotsos enjoys directing, performing, and creating theatre. In 2019 she co-directed an International Telepresence Workshop of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, conducted with the University of Coventry (UK). She has two awards (for direction and play script) from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work on Oedipus! A New Musical Comedy, which was published by Samuel French and produced in New York. Her directing credits at Purdue Theatre include Living Out, Psycho Beach Party, Anton in Show Business, and several workshop productions. She has produced and directed one-person productions in Liege, Belgium as part of the RITU Festival.
Dr. Fliotsos was named a University Faculty Scholar from 2013 - 2018 and was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Achievement Award in 2019. She is the recipient of the 2011 College of Liberal Arts Fellowship with the Center for Creative Endeavor, for which she created a documentary about Amelia Earhart based on the archives at Purdue Libraries. In 2011 she was awarded the School of Visual and Performing Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (also in 2002) and in 2012 was selected as a national member of the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York City.
St. Vincent Health Chair of Healthcare Engineering and Director
Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
Dr. Griffin received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M; University in 1988, his M.S. from the University of Texas, El Paso in 1985 and his B.S. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983. He also has a B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.
Prior to joining Purdue University as the Director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, he was the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair and Professor, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Technical Institute. Additionally, he previously served as the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and was on the Georgia Tech ISyE faculty for 21 years.
His research focus is in the area of production systems: health systems engineering, health analytics, cost effectiveness modeling in public health and supply chain coordination. He is interested in developing and teaching courses in both healthcare engineering and supply chain engineering for the School of Industrial Engineering.
Professor Emeritus, English
A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Susan Gubar is the co-author and co-editor of “The Madwoman in the Attic” and the “Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.” She has produced a range of other books on representations of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.
Since Susan Gubar was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer in 2008, she has attempted to clarify the perspective of patients: in her “Memoir of a Debulked Woman,” in the handbook “Reading and Writing Cancer,” and in her New York Times column “Living with Cancer.”
Susan Gubar has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013 with her collaborator Sandra M. Gilbert, she received the National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship awarded her the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award.
Black and White Investments, LLC
Gary Hobbs is an entrepreneur and former corporate executive with extensive experience in real estate, technology, education, and healthcare. He started his career as an electrical design engineer and has successfully migrated through the corporate ranks of companies like AT&T, Eli Lilly, and Roche Diagnostics. As an engineer, project manager, business executive, developer, and entrepreneur he has led organizations of up to four hundred people and budget responsibilities spanning well over $100M.
Currently, he is CEO for Black and White Investments, LLC. Gary founded BWI in 2005 as a development and construction management company. BWI’s target market is urban development within Indiana and their primary focus is multi-family and mix-use tax credit developments.
Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and
Distinguished Professor of Economics
David Hummels began serving as the Dean of the Krannert School of Management in 2015.
In his faculty life, Professor Hummels teaches courses in International Economics, and has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on a broad range of issues in international trade, including: offshoring, product differentiation, barriers to trade and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure, and trade facilitation on trade and economic development. He has published 4 books and over 40 research articles in major economic journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
Professor Hummels is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics, and an Associate Director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. He has worked as a consultant for and visiting scholar at a wide variety of central banks, development banks and policy institutes around the world. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management
Krannert School of Management
Karthik Kannan is currently the Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management at Purdue's Krannert School of Management. He is the director for the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning. In the past, he has served as the academic director for the MBA programs, and also as the academic co-director for MS (Business Analytics and Information Management).
Professor Kannan has been recognized as a thought leader in digital transformations, analysis of digital traces, and strategic foresighting. He has published many papers in leading management journals, including Management Science. For his research, he analyzed different kinds of data including from Kickstarter, Yelp, social networks, an online grocery store, and retailer stores (e.g., Amazon). He also teaches a class on Instinctual Design and Strategic Foresighting. He is also a CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow. For 2017-18, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
Prior to joining Purdue, he obtained his PhD in information systems, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and MPhil in Public Policy and Management all from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the graduate school, he worked with Infosys Technologies for a couple of years. His undergraduate degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Trichy (formerly, REC Trichy).
President of Data Analytics Solutions
LHP Engineering Solutions
Michael King is currently President, Data Analytics Solutions, a new division for LHP Engineering Solutions. Along with LHP Telematics, LHP provides a full range of Internet of Things (IoT) and Engineering Services for major OEMs in the Automotive, Industrial, and Medical industries. In this position, Michael is responsible for implementing self-service business intelligence (BI), big data, and a variety of analytics capabilities. Prior to joining LHP, Michael was the Director of Enterprise Business Intelligence for Cummins, the global leader in diesel engines. Michael is an accomplished IT executive with a proven track record of successfully leading highly-visible, complex global initiatives including finance systems implementations, enterprise business intelligence, facilities consolidation, and value engineering. He has held Leadership roles in profit & loss programs, shared services, supplier management, and corporate environments, including 4 years of factory management. Michael brings extensive experience driving organizational change through the implementation of large-scale IT systems solutions, including Microsoft BI, Azure, Oracle E-Business Suite, Hyperion Financial Management, Essbase, Oracle Business Intelligence, Sharepoint, Hadoop, Teradata, Oracle Exadata, Khalix, Cognos, and Baan ERP.
Michael joined Cummins in 2008 to lead its finance systems improvement program. Before Cummins, Michael spent nearly 18 years at Boeing, where he held leadership roles in finance, manufacturing, and supply chain; including serving as the Finance Systems Leader for Boeing’s 787 Airplane Program. In 2013, Michael was named the United Way of Bartholomew County Volunteer of the Year for his work upgrading computing solutions for the United Way’s critical 2-1-1 phone service. In Seattle, Michael served as Boeing’s Employee Community Fund Campaign Director for several years, and is a graduate of the Leadership Eastside Community Leadership Development Program. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Performance Center, the United Way of King County’s Out of the Rain Impact Council, and Hope-Link Executive Action Committee.
Michael earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Marketing from Eastern Washington University and completed his Masters in Technology Management at the University of Washington in 2005. Michael lives in Columbus, Indiana with his wife Joy and sons Tyler and Alex.
Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Schools of Materials and Chemical Engineering
Professor Jan-Anders E. Mansson, obtained his PhD from Chalmers University, Sweden. After 5 years as CTO for a Swedish company, he was appointed Professor at the University of Washington. In 1990, Mansson joined EPFL, Lausanne, as Professor and head of the Composite Laboratory where he also served as Vice-President for the University. In 2016 he came to Purdue University as Distinguished Professor and as Director of CMSC. In 2018 he founded the related Manufacturing Design Laboratory (MDLab) equipped as a fully integrated Industry 4.0 Composite Manufacturing testbed. He also serves as Co-Executive Director for Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (INMAC) and Purdue Coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing to the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN). Mansson is World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM) and founder of the company, EELCEE Ltd. He is a board member of the Athlete Learning Gateway at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and member of both the Swedish and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Diana Princess of Wales Professor in Cancer Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Daniela Matei, M.D. is a Diana Princess of Wales Professor in Cancer Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the co-Leader of the Translational Research is Solid Tumors Program in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a physician scientist well-known in the field of ovarian cancer. Dr. Matei earned her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in Bucharest, Romania and completed post graduate training at SUNY at Stony Brook and at UCLA. She was a Professor at Indiana University in the Division of Hematology Oncology and served as the Co-leader of the Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics Program of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center since 2007. Dr. Matei’s research has been continuously funded by the National Cancer Institute, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, the V Foundation, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Dr. Matei’s laboratory studies mechanisms of ovarian cancer metastasis and novel therapeutics for ovarian cancer. The general theme is translation between bench and clinic; with laboratory research forming the foundation of clinical experiments. She is also engaged in clinical research and serves as the principal investigator and/or co-investigator on many clinical trials testing novel therapies for ovarian cancer, including several cooperative group and National Cancer Institute–sponsored trials for gynecologic cancer.
Artist and Researcher
Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. Ridler explores collections of information or data (particularly self-generated data sets) to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums, and is researching how new technologies, such as machine learning, can be translated to an audience. For example, one of her pieces is a giant video mosaic of tulips, which have been programmed to bloom or wither based on fluctuations in bitcoin values. This is based on both AI and a large amount of inputted data, and both will be on display in the gallery.
Through the proposed exhibition of work, Purdue Galleries would be able to showcase a creative and truly innovative way to utilize AI in the visual arts. The exhibition would include topics such as the value of bitcoin, historic events, a work by Edgar Allen Poe, and an interactive component with bots, among other things. Of particular interest is its accessibility and relevance for many academic fields, from CGT to literature, economics to design.
Ridler has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University, and University of Arts London and has shown at a variety of cultural institutions and galleries including the Barbican, HeK Basel, the Tate Modern, the V&A, Arts Electronica, and Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence. She is a recipient of the 2018 European Media Art Program and the winner of the 2018-2019 Dare Art Prize.
Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of Birck Nanotechnology, and
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ali Shakouri is the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He received his Diplôme d'Ingénieur in 1990 from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France and his Ph.D. in 1995 from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. He was a faculty at the University of California in Santa Cruz before moving to Purdue in 2011. His group studies nanoscale heat transport and electro thermal energy conversion. They have also developed and commercialized novel imaging techniques to obtain high resolution thermal maps of integrated circuits. He is applying similar methods to enable real-time monitoring of smart film manufacturing. He is working with two dozen faculty at Purdue from Colleges of Engineering, Science, Agriculture, Polytechnic and Pharmacy to manufacture low-cost smart internet-of-thing (IoT) devices and sensor network. As a part of Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), they are developing community IoT testbeds to help create an epicenter for advanced manufacturing and high tech agriculture in the region surrounding Purdue.
President & CEO
Council on Competitiveness
Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, the Nation’s premiere competitiveness leadership organization, representing U.S. CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders. She leads national and international initiatives that assess competitiveness challenges, convene leaders who can envision and implement solutions, and organize action to enhance U.S. competitiveness. For most of her career, Ms. Wince-Smith has worked on a wide range of science, technology, innovation, and competitiveness issues, advising top-level government policy-makers and business leaders.
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