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Faculty Spotlight

John Morgan, Ph.D.

morgan_facultyEDUCATIONI graduated with a B.S. M.S. from the University of Kansas and earned my Ph.D. at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

COLLEGE: School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering

RESEARCH: Making chemicals from sunlight and CO² utilizing biological organisms. I am interested in this topic because it is the most sustainable route to make chemicals. My research is focused on making it more economical through metabolic engineering.

What reason brought you to teach at Purdue?
Professionally, it was being the first research group to express a key plant metabolic pathway in Baker’s yeast and being the first group to quantify the rates of reaction for central metabolism for a photosynthetic organism.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?
I delivered my second child at home around 6am, then came into work later that morning.


Morgan Hynes, Ph.D.

Faculty_Morgan HynesEDUCATIONI graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2001 and my Ph.D. in engineering education in 2009. Both degrees from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

COLLEGE: School of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering

RESEARCH: My research explores ways to best engage pre-college students in engineering with a special emphasis on promoting diversity and inclusion.

What reason brought you to teach at Purdue?
Purdue’s School of Engineering Education was the first of its kind and currently the largest such school. I was excited to join a great group of faculty and have the opportunity to teach large numbers of first-year students.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?
In high school, I placed third in the state (Maine) seatbelt fastening championship… Buckle up!


Bryan W. Boudouris, Ph.D.

EDUCATION: I graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

COLLEGE: School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering

RESEARCH: Our research deals with the design, nano-structural characterization, and application of designer polymers for energy conversion, water purification, and homeland security applications.

What is some advice you wish you would’ve received as an undergraduate?
I wish someone would have told me to treat my undergraduate education as a career. It is an entry-level position, but it is one that can propel a person to great things. If you succeed at the beginning, it will make you more marketable in the future.

What would surprise your students the most about you?
I think most students would be surprised of my affinity for the band Guns N’ Roses. Note that two of the founding members are Lafayette, IN natives.


Barrett Caldwell, Ph.D.

EDUCATION: Two bachelors at MIT, graduated 1985. Master and PhD at University of California-Davis, 1987 and 1990.

COLLEGE: School of Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering

RESEARCH: Human factors: team performance, distributed expertise, information flow

What would surprise your students the most about you?
I am a big fan of art deco design, architecture and photography.

What is your favorite hobby?
Writing (creative, poetry)