Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Schild Appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI

July 16, 2014

David J. Russomanno, dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, has announced the appointment of John Schild, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, as the associate dean for graduate programs. Schild recently served as acting associate dean while associate dean for research and graduate programs, Razi Nalim, Ph.D., was on sabbatical.

“During Dr. Nalim’s sabbatical, we elected to experiment with splitting the responsibilities of his associate dean position into research, with Deb Burns serving as the acting associate dean, and graduate programs, with John Schild as the acting associate dean.” said Russomanno. “Given that our School’s research and graduate programs portfolio has substantially increased over the last few years, this allocation worked well.” Therefore as of July 1, 2014 Nalim has resumed the responsibilities as the associate dean for research and as of August 1, 2014 Dr. Schild will transition from ‘acting’ to ‘permanent’ associate dean for graduate programs.

“I am appreciative for the opportunity to continue to work with my colleagues in advancing our plans for growth and development of our graduate programs in engineering and technology.” said Schild.

Schild received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Case Western Reserve University (biomedical engineering) with graduate study involving RF power and communications circuit design for implantable functional electrical stimulation systems restoring hand and arm control in paralyzed individuals. Interests in neural control of motor function were further developed in a clinical neurophysiological research facility quantifying residual motor control following spinal cord or closed-head injury. As a Shell Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Schild then completed his Ph.D. (concentration: bioengineering) at Rice University. Before coming to IUPUI in 1998, he was a postdoc in the departments of Physiology and Pharmacology at Baylor College of Medicine and Oregon Health Sciences University under an NRSA Fellowship from the NIH. Broad interests surrounding neural control of the heart has led Schild to purse clinically relevant questions concerning sexual dimorphism in autonomic control of cardiovascular reflexes. At IUPUI these efforts have been funded through grants from the American Heart Association, The Whitaker Foundation and most recently the NHLBl of the NIH.