We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Niaz Latif, Dean of the College of Technology, has agreed to assume additional responsibility as Executive Director of the Purdue Calumet Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (CMEC). Dr. Latif has served as Dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet since July 1, 2007.
Before coming to Purdue Calumet, Dr. Latif served as Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial Technology at Purdue West Lafayette beginning in 1999. Prior to his career at Purdue, Dean Latif was a faculty member at Northern Kentucky University where he also served as Director of the Technical Services Institute, which offered customized industrial training.
Actively engaged with development
During his tenure at Purdue University Calumet, Dr. Latif has been actively engaged with workforce and economic development for Northwest Indiana. He has received several federal grants for workforce development, including grants from the US Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Latif earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri, and holds an MS degree from South Dakota State University and a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
In his role as Executive Director, Dr. Latif will be responsible for overseeing the renovation of the CMEC, establishing a faculty task force to develop policies and guidelines for the Center, negotiating contracts, and overseeing the Center’s budget. In addition, Dr. Latif will facilitate partnerships at the Purdue system level and serve as liaison between the Purdue Research Foundation and the Purdue West Lafayette Technology Commercialization Center.
The Purdue Calumet Commercialization Center will be a valuable resource in product and prototype development, while also providing faculty and students with space to engage in contracted work with local business and industries. Currently, the university offers training for advanced manufacturing jobs in four different places on its Hammond campus.
A $2.74 million federal grant, secured by Dr. Latif, will help the university consolidate job training at the CMEC. The Center has the flexibility to change over time to reflect an increased emphasis on manufacturing, which also will include academic research such as how factories can streamline their production processes and adapt to other changes in the workplace.
The Purdue Calumet Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center is located at 7116 Indianapolis Blvd., just a few blocks west of the Purdue University Calumet campus.