DESIGNATION: Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
ACADEMICS: Undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1968, PhD from Penn in 1977, both in chemical engineering
AREA: Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
EDU: What brings you to
Dean Eduardo Glandt: We want quality students, which we get here. A large fraction of our professors are from
Q: You have a tie-up with the Young India Fellowship. Why did you choose to get into this collaboration?
A: It felt right, from the beginning. Penn profile is that of an extremely interdisciplinary campus. Among the Ivy League institutions, we have a record number of schools on one campus, perhaps because of our Quaker heritage and the Benjamin Franklin motto of merging, blending, melding the applied and the ornamental. This programme has exactly the same characteristics. There is cultural affinity, genetic affinity if you will, between the Young India Programme and
Q: Are you also considering other collaborations in
A: We have a number of person to person, professor to professor collaborations but no other institutional agreement.
Q: Recently, Penn instituted the Dean’s Medal for Distinguished Achievement, awarded to Mr Mukesh Ambani. He is planning to venture into higher education. Are you also in talks with him?
A: I see him every year, and I expect to see him again in Mumbai. He is always interested in what we are doing. I believe there may be a partnership one day. He is not interested in partnering with a single institution but with a number of them. However, I am not aware of the present status of any such collaborations. For us, the YIF is a reality as it is not in the planning stage. There are people here right now and that is exciting.
Q: Is the