The Purdue College of Engineering has selected a seasoned leader to be its new head of the School of Mechanical Engineering. On July 1, Eckhard A Groll will become the William E and Florence E Perry, Head of Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Groll serves as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education for the College of Engineering and the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His successor as associate dean will be announced at a later date, said Mung Chiang, the John A Edwardson, Dean of the College of Engineering.
Groll came to Purdue in 1994 as an assistant professor, moving to associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2005. He was named a Reilly Professor in 2013. He holds a pre-Diploma of Engineering and Diploma of Engineering, both in mechanical engineering from Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. He earned his Doctor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hanover, Germany.
“I consider it the right time to reinvent the School of Mechanical Engineering as an interdisciplinary, unique entity that provides exceptional cross-disciplinary and transformational learning, discovery, and engagement activities for our students, faculty and staff,” Groll said. “I am deeply honored and excited about the opportunity to lead our school.”