Niaz Latif, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Technology | Executive Director, Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center

Niaz Latif


Niaz Latif is dean of PNW’s College of Technology and Executive Director of Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center.

Previous Roles

  • Associate Vice Chancellor Research and Graduate Studies, PNW
  • Assistant Dean, College of Technology, Purdue University-West Lafayette (PU-WL)
  • Head, Industrial Technology, College of Technology, PU-WL


  • 2022 Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indiana Youth Programs on Campus Program at PNW and PUFW, Principal Investigator, $586,538
  • 2022 Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indiana Youth Programs on Planning Grant, Principal Investigator, $30,000
  • 2021 EDA, Project: TRAVERSE, Co-PI, $726,3892019 US Department of Commerce grant(2 yr. grant, 2019-2021, #ED19HDQ0200062) Principal Investigator, $386,316
  • 2013 US Department of Labor (USDOL) grant(4 yr. grant 2013-17, # 13120726),Principal Investigator, $2,741,491
  • 2013: National Science Foundation (NSF) ATE grant (3 yr. grant 2013-16, # DUE-1304391), Co-Principal Investigator, $764,765 (Purdue Northwest share is $121,998)
  • 2010: National Science Foundation (NSF) ATE grant (3 yr. grant 2010-14, # DUE-1003668), Principal Investigator, $613,862
Niaz Latif


(219) 989-3251

Office Location:

Anderson Building 202A (Hammond)


  • Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988
  • M.S. Agricultural Engineering, South Dakota State University, 1985
  • M.S. Engineering, South Dakota State University, 1983
  • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1977

Areas of Expertise

  • Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Academic Program Development
  • Quality Assurance of Academic Programs

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education
  • Distinguished Engineer, South Dakota State University
  • ASEE’s Frederick J. Berger Award for excellence in engineering education ABET, Commissioner
  • Distinguished Alumni, SDSU
  • Outstanding Administrative Leader of PNW

Curriculum Vitae