Dr. Panchal of Purdue University is a Scholar of Decision Science and Design Theory
The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jitesh H. Panchal as the newest member of its Research Council. A professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, he further broadens the expertise represented on the council. All 14 members are subject matter experts in their respective areas of research, teaching, and practice, and Panchal joins a distinguished group whose guidance leads interdisciplinary advances that highlight the importance and prominence of SERC.
On Panchal’s appointment to the Research Council, SERC Chief Scientist and Purdue colleague Dr. Dan DeLaurentis said, “Dr. Panchal is a leading scholar in decision-making science and design theory, especially at the interface of social and physical phenomena. He has substantial and important experience performing basic and applied research across many systems engineering, advanced manufacturing, and digital acquisition and supply chain modeling. All of this well complements our Research Council, and we look forward to many contributions from Jitesh.”
Panchal earned a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests explore design at the interface of social and physical phenomena, computational methods and tools for digital engineering, and secure design and manufacturing. His accomplishments include receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2010; earning best paper awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2003, 2013, and 2016; receiving the Guest Associate Editor Award in 2019 from the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design; being named one of the Most Impactful Faculty Inventors in 2019 by Purdue’s Office of Technology Commercialization; and co-authoring a book, Integrated Design of Multiscale, Multifunctional Materials and Products.
Reflecting on the role of the Research Council, SERC Executive Director Dr. Dinesh Verma said, “SERC was established with a view towards nucleating and nurturing a network of prominent faculty and researchers to support the engineering and acquisition of increasingly complex systems and solutions by the US Government in general, and the Department of Defense in particular. This strategic intent requires the active engagement of premier faculty members who are simultaneously collaborative and able to work across disciplinary boundaries on complex problems.”
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