Purdue University: 150 years of giant leaps; 1869-2019


Alessandro Acquisti, Ph.D.

Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti is a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, the PwC William W. Cooper Professor of Risk and Regulatory Innovation, and a Carnegie Fellow (inaugural class). He is the director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU, and the co-director of Carnegie Mellon's CBDR (Center for Behavioral and Decision Research). Alessandro investigates the economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the investigation of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks, and the application of behavioral economics to the study of privacy and information security decision making. His studies have won numerous awards and have been published in journals, books, and proceedings across different fields, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Management Science, Journal of Economic Literature, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology. Alessandro has testified before the U.S. Senate and House committees on issues related to privacy policy and consumer behavior. His findings have been featured in national and international media outlets, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Wired.com, NPR, CNN, and 60 Minutes; his TED talks on privacy and human behavior have been viewed over 1.2 million times online. Alessandro holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and Master degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin.

Joanne Burns, RN, MHSA

Chief Strategy Office
Cerner Corporation

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.

Gopal Krishna Chopra, MD, MBA

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.

Supriyo Datta, Ph.D.

Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

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.

Peter Embi, MD, MS

President and CEO
Regenstrief Institute

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.

Anne Fliotsos, Ph.D.

Design, Art, and Performance
Purdue University

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.

Paul Griffin, Ph.D.

St. Vincent Health Chair of Healthcare Engineering and Director
Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
Purdue University

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.

Susan Gubar

Professor Emeritus, English
Indiana University

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.

David Hummels, Ph.D.

Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics
Purdue University

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.

Karthik Kannan, Ph.D.

Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University

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).

Michael King

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.

Jan-Anders Mansson, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Schools of Materials and Chemical Engineering
Purdue University

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.

Daniela Matei, M.D.

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.

Anna Ridler

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.

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

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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