The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships welcomes new people to Purdue and congratulates others on their recent promotions.

Mr. Chris Ruhl

Chris Ruhl

Chris Ruhl will be the university’s next treasurer and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. Ruhl has served as senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Purdue University and CFO for Purdue Global since 2017. He will succeed Bill Sullivan, who has served in the position since 2014 and announced in June his retirement effective at the end of 2019. As treasurer and CFO, Ruhl will be charged with managing the university’s budget of more than $2 billion and overseeing all financial affairs, business services, human resource services and internal audit functions. Read more

Dr. Chiang

Mung Chiang

Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will spend a year in Washington, D.C., beginning Dec. 15, to serve as the science and technology adviser to the secretary of state. Chiang will provide vital expertise to the U.S. Department of State on the economic security of the nation’s global technology initiatives, such as artificial intelligence, 5G wireless networks, energy infrastructure, cybersecurity for autonomous systems, and trusted microelectronic chips. 

David McKinnis

David McKinnis

David McKinnis, special adviser for corporate and global partnerships, will serve as the interim associate vice president for the new Office of Industry Partnerships, the primary portal to campus for industry partners. The new office integrates the industry-focused personnel and activities previously in the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations into a single unit with shared goals and metrics. The Office of Industry Partnerships is a new unit in the Purdue Research Foundation that jointly reports to Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships, and Jay Kahn, executive senior associate vice president for advancement. McKinnis is tasked with leading the integration process and day-to-day operation of the new office.

Dr. Nathan Mosier

Nathan Mosier

Nathan Mosier, the Indiana Soybean Alliance Soybean Utilization Endowed Chair in Purdue agricultural and biological engineering, has been appointed as the department head after a nationwide search. Mosier’s research specializes in biofuels, bioprocess engineering and bioseparations. He will lead the department through upcoming milestones including the opening of a new and renovated $80 million ABE building and the department’s 100th anniversary in spring 2021.

Preston Smith

Preston Smith

Preston M. Smith, formerly director of research services and Support with Research Computing, has been named executive director. Part of ITaP, Research Computing provides advanced computational resources and services to support Purdue faculty and staff researchers. Prior to graduating from Purdue’s Computer and Information Technology program in 1998, Smith joined the IT community at Purdue as a system administrator for the Purdue Libraries. He later became part of the research and development team for Research Computing before moving to the systems side of the business to lead the customer-facing operation of Purdue’s community cluster systems. Since 2012, he has led numerous initiatives to empower researchers with tools to control their own computing resources.

Kyle Wargo, a 2005 graduate of Purdue University, has been named the new director of contracting for Sponsored Program Services. Wargo comes into this role with nearly 14 years of experience at Purdue and over 10 years of experience in SPS. He spent the past six years as a Lead Contract Analyst in Sponsored Programs Services.  The Sponsored Program Services Contracting office is responsible for assisting Purdue faculty and staff in the execution of contracts and agreements necessary for the administration of externally funded and non-funded sponsored programs at Purdue University.

Laura Holladay

Laura Holladay

Laura Holladay has joined CERIAS as student programs manager, a newly created position designed to support approximately 1,000 Purdue students studying or conducting research in cyber and cyber-physical security. Holladay’s responsibilities include administration of the Purdue Interdisciplinary Information Security Degree program; the world’s first accredited interdisciplinary cybersecurity degree, student internship and career employment programs with strategic industry and government partners of CERIAS, coordination with the numerous cybersecurity student clubs and competition teams, and student cybersecurity scholarships fellowships and research assistantship programs.