About Us

Highly ranked and led by respected faculty and staff, our college graduates a roster of successful engineers, scientists, healthcare 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.

A student during a STEM on the Road demonstration

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


Bruce Berdanier

Bruce W. Berdanier, Ph.D., PE, PS

Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences


(219) 989-2469

Hammond, Potter 121

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Biological Sciences


(219) 989-2617

Hammond Campus, NILS 340B

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Engineering


(219) 989-2270

Hammond Campus, CLO 344

Vanessa Quinn

Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences


(219) 785-5457

Hammond Campus, GYTE 181

Westville Campus, TECH 295

adam rengstorf

Adam W. Rengstorf, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Chemistry and Physics


(219) 989-2327

Hammond Campus, GYTE 252

Lizhe Tan

Lizhe Tan, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering


(219) 989-2486

Hammond Campus, POTT 323


Nicoleta E. Tarfulea, Ph.D.

Chair of Mathematics and Statistics


(219) 989-2707

Hammond Campus, CLO 378

Shuhui yang

Shuhui Grace Yang, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Computer Science


(219) 989-2697

Hammond Campus, CLO 370


Kristyn Akert

Academic and Student Success Advisor


(219) 989-2277

Gyte 171

Bill Baginski

Academic and Student Success Advisor


(219) 989-4122

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Hammond, GYTE 171C


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Leslie Dorworth Thompson, M.S.

Aquatic Ecology Specialist


(219) 989-2726

Hammond Campus, GYTE 279