Garimella named Purdue chief global affairs officer

June 4, 2013  

Suresh Garimella

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue President Mitch Daniels has named Suresh Garimella as the university's chief global affairs officer, effective immediately.

Garimella has been associate vice president for engagement. He also is the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

In his new role, Garimella, who reports directly to Daniels, will develop partnerships with international institutions of higher education and, in collaboration with Purdue Research Foundation, with global businesses. He will support international connections for Purdue faculty and researchers. He also will oversee International Programs, including International Students and Scholars and Study Abroad.

Additionally, Garimella will guide Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute, assessing its strengths to date and helping it build upon its work on projecting the influence of faculty research nationally and internationally.

"Purdue has a growing role in working to improve life globally," Daniels said. "With his engagement position, Suresh has proven his expertise in connecting the university to the international community. As chief global affairs officer, he will broaden that effort. Suresh will be a strong link between Purdue and the world."

Garimella said, "I'm excited about the opportunity to develop Purdue's global presence. Many of our faculty colleagues, students and staff are working toward making the world a better place to live in. I look forward to helping them in their endeavors."

Purdue will continue to support its Indiana engagement functions under a new director who will report to Julie Griffith, vice president for public affairs. The process of filling that role will begin shortly.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of State appointed Garimella as a Jefferson Science Fellow to help develop a model for engaging the American academic science, technology and engineering communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Garimella also continues as director of the NSF Cooling Technologies Research Center, which includes efforts to develop energy-efficient cooling technologies for computers and investigating the precise physics behind how cooling takes place in miniature systems.

Garimella is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an editor of Applied Energy and Experimental Heat Transfer. He has co-authored more than 450 refereed journal and conference publications, edited or contributed to several books, and has been recognized with various research and teaching awards.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1985 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University in 1986 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1989.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Sources: Mitch Daniels,

Suresh Garimella, 765-494-9095,

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