Students and Faculty
Purdue is currently home to 2,300 Indian students—793 undergraduates and 1,507 graduate and professional program students. Purdue’s Indian-origin students hail from every major metropolitan area in India and from six continents. Indian students represent 21.9% of our international student body—up from 18.2% two years ago. Thanks to the generous contributions of Purdue alumni, since 2016, Purdue has offered merit-based scholarships to students from India, through the Indian Emerging Scholar fund.
Indian students play an active role in campus activities. There are dozens of student organizations in which students can become involved. For example, Indian Graduate Students at Purdue (IGRASP) is a campus cultural organization that aims to build a sense of community away from home for Indian graduate students at Purdue by easing the initial transition to U.S. university life while celebrating the major Indian holidays. Visit their Facebook page.
Purdue has several other clubs and associations that are geared toward Indian students and/or celebrate Indian culture. Check them out.
Advaitika Badruka is an undergraduate student pursuing a double-major in Supply Chain, Information, & Analytics and Marketing, coupled with a minor in Computer Science and Real Estate Finance. With a flair for written and verbal communication, she worked as a copywriter for several magazines in India and has had her work published in three magazines.
Advaitika believes in contributing to her community and is the treasurer of Boilermaker Food Rescue – an organization promoting a circular food-economy on the Purdue campus. She has a keen interest in design and art – having pursued it in high school – and serves as Treasurer and Head of Marketing at Fictional Projects Club of Purdue. Alongside her academic and extra-curricular endeavors, she juggles being a barista at Starbucks and writing her first novel.
As a proud Indian, she continues to serve her local community in India as the founder of the Chubby Cow Company – a small business that sells organic dairy products and produce. Advaitika hopes to continue thriving and looks forward to contributing to her communities at Purdue University and in India.
Vilas G. Pol
Vilas G. Pol completed his BSc (1994), MSc (1996), and MPhil (1999) degrees from the Pune University, India and earned his PhD from Bar-Ilan University, Israel (2005). He worked as a materials scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, IL (2007-2013) before moving to Purdue University in 2013 as an associate professor; in 2020, he became a full professor of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Pol has authored/co-authored 250+ research publications (h index 53) and is an inventor on 13 issued U.S. patents and 30+ applications. He has delivered hundreds of invited, keynote, and plenary talks worldwide including through TEDx.
Professor Pol directs ViPER (Vilas Pol’s Energy Research) laboratory, which focuses its research activities on the development of high-energy, density Li-ion, Li-S, sodium-ion, potassium-ion and solid-state batteries, their thermal safety, low temperature performance and upcycling. His areas of interest include synthesis and processing of novel materials utilizing sol-gel, microwave superheating, sonochemistry, solid-state, new Autogenic Chemical Reactions, and tailored electrolytes for their applications in energy storage. His research team collaborates with numerous Indian institutes including IIT Indore, IIT Hyderabad, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, NCL, Pune, and more. His scientific breakthroughs have been featured in various media outlets including New Scientist, Discovery, Popular Science, ACS, MRS, DOE webpages and TV (PBS-NOVA, ABC7, Asia TV, WLFI and Univision) news.
Professor Pol has been honored as an “Argonne Scholar” and with the Intel prize, R and D 100 award, British Carbon Society’s Brian Kelly Award, American Chemical Society’s Grand Prize, Salutes to Excellence awards, Materials Research Society’s Science as Art first prize, American Institutes of Chemical Engineer’s Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Professional Achievement award and Excellence in Process Development awards, American Ceramic Society’s Richard M. Fulrath award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s Best Energy Paper Award, and a Gold Medal in Kabaddi (DRDO, India). Purdue University has honored him with Bravo, Outstanding Engineering Professor, Seed for Success, and Purdue Faculty Scholar awards. In 2018, Pol set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time to arrange 118 elements of the periodic table. In his spare time, he keeps himself busy with gym and spiritual activities, kids’ sports activities, U.S. football, and learning new things from YouTube. He has traveled widely within and outside India and particularly likes riding motorcycles.