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Message from the Vice Chancellor for Research

Welcome to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

As one of the outstanding urban research universities in the United States, IUPUI is Indiana’s urban research university, located in the heart of Indianapolis, just blocks from the Indiana Government Center and Fortune 500 companies. IUPUI is Indiana University’s home campus for state wide programs in medicine, law, dentistry, nursing, health and rehabilitation science, and social work. Moreover, it excels in providing programs in art, business, education, engineering, informatics, journalism, liberal arts, library and information science, physical education, public and environmental affairs, and science.

The mission of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is to advance the realization of world-class research and creative activities that address important national and global needs, and impact the economic development of Indiana and the nation. Our office provides a range of services supportive of research on the IUPUI campus. This includes resources supportive of faculty research, such as internal funding programs and workshops.

The strength of the research enterprise at IUPUI is manifested by the extensive level of research programs that are externally sponsored. This is a tribute to our outstanding faculty, students and staff, and a clear recognition of our superb research programs and facilities. Major research programs and initiatives include Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP), Signature Centers, and numerous other centers and institutes.

IUPUI is also increasingly growing its research partnerships with other campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University. Particularly, capitalizing on its central location and unique strengths, IUPUI is playing a key role in the advancement of Indiana’s research corridor linking IUPUI, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University West Lafayette. An important priority is to play a key role in supporting the economic development of Indiana and the nation through the transfer and commercialization of research-generated intellectual property. Furthermore, as the university’s research efforts produce new knowledge and result in innovative technologies, new generations of students will have the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research, gaining valuable knowledge and skills that upon graduation will serve them well as they launch their professional careers.

This site provides a wealth of information about the research enterprise at IUPUI. We invite you to learn more about our outstanding research programs, and welcome your comments and questions. You may contact us at 317-274-1020 or

Kody Varahramyan, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research

Dr. Kody Varahramyan joined IUPUI in July, 2008, where he has been responsible for the advancement of research and scholarly activities, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations with academic, governmental, and industrial partners. Moreover, he has 10 years of industrial experience at IBM Corporation (1982-1992), and 16 years of academic experience at Louisiana Tech University (1992-2008), prior to joining IUPUI. At IBM he contributed to the realization of leading-edge microelectronic technologies at a world-class research, development and manufacturing facility. At Louisiana Tech he was the Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the university-wide Institute for Micromanufacturing. He led the efforts in making the Institute the largest and most productive research enterprise at the university, developing five thrust areas and centers of excellence, organized and identified as Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Nanotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Information Technology.

Dr. Varahramyan’s academic experience also includes appointments as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Program, Academic Director of the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics Programs, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Science. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has specialized and conducted research in micro/nano scale processes, materials, devices, and systems for biotechnology, environmental, information technology, and other applications.

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