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Dan Hirleman, Ph.D.

Dan Hirleman, Ph.D. Executive Director for International Advancement
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (765) 494-9095
E-mail: hirleman@purdue.edu

Edwin D. (Dan) Hirleman Jr. currently serves as Purdue’s inaugural Executive Director for International Advancement. The position fortifies linkages between the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), where the Advancement arm of Purdue resides, and academic and faculty activities. Hirleman rejoined Purdue in 2014 as its inaugural Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer with responsibility for building comprehensive strategic partnerships with the private sector and international entities. He also served as Purdue’s Senior Intellectual Property Officer and Senior International Officer. Ongoing strategic partnership successes during his tenure include Rolls-Royce in research and cybersecurity, Eli Lilly and Co., the Purdue-Ford Alliance, Infosys, and Cummins. In that time Purdue repeatedly set annual records including: total private-sector funding ($145.7M); for- profit awards ($74.3M); study abroad (2,409 students); US patents (123); and licenses (147).

Hirleman studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University and received a BSME, graduating in 3 years with a 4.0 GPA, followed by a MSME and a Ph.D. He received Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships, and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined Arizona State University as faculty where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.

He then served as William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Purdue ME, leading that School as it grew to over 500 grad / 1300 undergrad students, developed BS/MS, BS/MBA and direct-to-Ph.D. programs, tripled sponsored research, and completed a $142M Capital Campaign providing for scholarships/fellowships, endowed professorships, and two new ME buildings. He has received: the INEER Int’l Achievement Award in 2006; the Hon. George Brown Award for Int’l Scientific Cooperation in 2008; and the 2009 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award. He is an ASME Fellow and chaired the Advisory Board of Engineers for a Sustainable World. He also served for four years as the second dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.

Hirleman has about 200 publications, 6 U.S. patents, and presented 80 invited lectures in 14 countries. Recent research involves laser-based sensors for identification of cells in bio-hazards, food safety, high- throughput screening, and stem cell diagnostics. His contributions in flow diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering and cyber education are also recognized. Ten technologies developed in his lab have been licensed and/or are in commercial products. Support involved more than 70 grants and contracts from 31 companies and 11 government agencies (totaling over $22M).

He is married to Laura Kennedy Hirleman, M.C., who counsels in private practice. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Hirleman was founding President of Kairos Ministries, which provides worship services, counseling, and tutoring in Phoenix area jails. Racquetball serves as stress relief, and he has won numerous university open (ASU, Purdue) and state age-division championships (AZ, CA, and IN), as well as medaling twice in his division at the National Championships.

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