CHANGING FACES ON CAMPUS

SPRING 2021 |

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

Michael Brzezinski

Michael Brzezinski

Michael Brzezinski, dean of International Programs, is now overseeing the Office of Global Partnerships. Since 1993, he has led numerous efforts to enhance Purdue’s reputation and impact around the world. During his tenure, Purdue has seen dramatic growth in enrollment of students from abroad on the West Lafayette campus. Over the last five years, Brzezinski spearheaded the Purdue Moves International Experiences initiative that has nearly doubled study abroad participation. He also launched the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) to infuse intercultural learning outcomes and assessments into all aspects of study abroad. In this position, Brzezinski will be responsible for International Student Services, International Scholar Services, Study Abroad, CILMAR and Purdue’s strategic partnerships with India and Colombia.

Dan Hirleman

Dan Hirleman

Purdue’s inaugural chief corporate and global officer, Dan Hirleman, professor of mechanical engineering, will assume a new role as executive director for international advancement in partnership with the Purdue for Life Foundation. During his tenure at the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships, major research partnerships were announced with Rolls Royce and Lilly Corporation, and research expenditures from industry increased considerably.

Pavlos Vlachos

Pavlos Vlachos

Pavlos Vlachos, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed as the next director of Discovery Park’s Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). During the last four years, he has actively participated in research and program development to drive RCHE’s mission to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. From 2018 to 2019, he served as a President’s Fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP), where he worked to develop interdisciplinary research opportunities in health and life sciences. He is internationally recognized for his leading research in biofluids and biomechanics, specializing in measurement science and non-invasive diagnostics for biomedical and clinical applications. 

Melanie Cline

Melanie Cline

Melanie Cline will serve as the interim director of Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA). She brings extensive experience in process improvement orientation and leading impactful outreach. Since joining PHA as an assistant director in 2017, she has provided process improvement coaching to hospitals and healthcare agencies, and has served as a subject matter expert for researchers in RCHE. She led the Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative to improve patient care in rural health and an initiative to respond to the opioid epidemic. She is leading the Systems Change Partnerships-Quality Improvement program with partners across the state to build pathways for treatment and intervention for tobacco cessation.

Margo Monteith

Margo Monteith

Margo J. Monteith, professor of psychological sciences, has been appointed as associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), effective January 1, 2021. In this role, Monteith will develop and lead college-wide DEI initiatives, serve as the HHS liaison to DEI-focused committees and groups on campus, continue to lead the HHS DEI Committee, and collaborate with HHS unit heads and directors to successfully advance DEI programming and initiatives at all levels of our college. Monteith has served in administrative roles in the Department of Psychology, on college committees, and in university diversity-relevant roles such as the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity. Read more

Ayse Çiftçi

Ayse Çiftçi

Ayse Çiftçi, professor of counseling psychology, is the College of Education’s new diversity fellow. The position, which Çiftçi will head for the 2020-2021 academic year, will help develop more initiatives to educate and collaborate with faculty, staff and students to create a community that pursues racial justice and equity. Çiftçi will coordinate allocated funds with input from key stakeholders including Floyd Craig, director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives, the Equity and Diversity Committee, and others within the College of Education to work toward sustainable and long-lasting efforts. Read more.

Updated ADR list

The following is an updated list of associate deans for research: