About Us

Highly ranked* and led by respected faculty and staff, our college graduates a roster of successful engineers, scientists, health care professionals and educators.

Our Commitment

More than 10 undergraduate and graduate departments and programs prepare you to pursue excellent jobs in highly sought after STEM fields in the high-tech, data-based 21st century.

We are committed to a quality and broad education in the sciences by encouraging and supporting teaching excellence and by fostering research and community-outreach activities.

STEM on the Road

This peer-to-peer opportunity sees PNW students travel to local high schools to share share research and engineering demonstrations, highlighting what it’s like to be a STEM student at PNW.

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A World of Opportunities

As an undergraduate or graduate student, you can work on a broad range of research, ranging from statistical analysis, biological and chemical processes, smart technologies, ecology and environmental hazards, and more.

  • Our engineering departments house internationally-recognized groups in steel-production improvement, offering a multi-disciplinary bridge between science and engineering disciplines in a major industry.
  • Fifty percent of our Chemistry and Physics students go to graduate school.
  • If you intend to become a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist, PNW can prepare you to apply.

Where Our Graduates Work

Our graduates are actively and consistently recruited by numerous companies, including:

  • Sherwin Williams
  • Monosol
  • Midline Industries
  • GEA Farm Technologies
  • Solvay Industries
  • Remis America Refrigeration Systems
  • General Motors
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • INVISTA (Texas) Flinthills Resources
  • (Minneapolis)
  • Alverno Labs
  • University of Chicago and
  • Indiana University Healthcare Systems


Dietmar Rempfer, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences and director of the School of Engineering at Purdue University Northwest

Dietmar Rempfer, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences; Director, School of Engineering


(219) 989-8327

Hammond Campus, POTT 121B

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean; Professor of Mathematics


(219) 989-2270

Hammond Campus, CLO 344

Barbara Mania-Farnell, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Biological Sciences


(219) 989-2014

Hammond Campus, NILS 340P

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Adam W. Rengstorf, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy


(219) 989-2624

Hammond Campus, GYTE 268

Shuhui (Grace) Yang

Shuhui Grace Yang, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science


(219) 989-2697

Hammond Campus, CLO 370

Lizhe Tan

Lizhe Tan, Ph.D.

Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering | Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


(219) 989-2486

Hammond Campus, POTT 323


Nicoleta E. Tarfulea, Ph.D.

Chair of Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor of Mathematics


(219) 989-2707

Hammond Campus, CLO 378


Chenn Zhou, Ph.D.

Interim Chair of Mechanical and Civil Engineering | NIPSCO Distinguished Professor of Engineering Simulation | Director, the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)


(219) 989-2665

Hammond Campus, PWRS 121


Bill Baginski, M.B.A.

Engineering Career Advisor & Internship Coordinator


(219) 989-4122

Hammond Campus, GYTE 171C


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Neil Hunt

Academic Advisor & Internship Coordinator


(219) 989-4116

Hammond Campus, GYTE 171F

Patrick Leser, M.A.

Academic Advisor


(219) 989-2250

Hammond Campus, GYTE 171D

JC White

Academic Advisor


(219) 785-5582

Westville Campus, LSF 221 (Monday)
Hammond Campus, GYTE 171H (Tuesday to Friday)


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Leslie Dorworth Thompson, M.S.

Aquatic Ecology Specialist


(219) 989-2726

Hammond Campus, GYTE 279



Dana Krill, M.A.

Digital Marketing Manager


(219) 785-5676

Hammond Campus, POTT 126

Michelle Mack

Michelle Mack

Administrative Specialist V


(219) 989-3218

Hammond Campus, POTT 121