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President Emeritus, Purdue University

Indiana, USA


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Martin Jischke served as President of Purdue University from 2000 to 2007.  Previously, Dr. Jischke was President of Iowa State University, beginning in 1991. He has also served as Chancellor of the University of Missouri–Rolla.  He was Interim President of the University of Oklahoma in 1985.  He was a faculty member of the University of Oklahoma's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering for 17 years, and also served as Director of the School. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1986.


Dr. Jischke has served as chairman and board member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and as a board member of the American Council on Education, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. He was the founding president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, and is also on the boards of directors of the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Competitiveness.

Dr. Jischke has received a number of prestigious awards for his accomplishments in science and education. He is a recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Centennial Medallion and the Illinois Institute of Technology Professional Achievement Award. He also received the Ukraine Medal of Merit from Ukraine’s president for outstanding service by a foreign national. The Illinois Institute of Technology, the National Agricultural University of Ukraine, and Purdue University have awarded him honorary doctoral degrees.  

Dr. Jischke, a specialist in fluid dynamics, has extensive expertise in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and high-speed aircraft and spacecraft. He is co-editor of one book and the author or co-author of 31 journal publications and 21 major technical reports. He served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 1975 to 1976. Dr. Jischke is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2006, Martin Jischke was appointed to U.S. President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.

He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics (with honors) from the Illinois Institute of Technology.