WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University’s Dean of Engineering has accepted a one-year appointment to the U.S. Department of State to serve as a science and technology adviser.

Mung Chiang will be the director of the office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State.  Part of the office’s focus is on the impact of emerging science, technology, and innovation issues on foreign policy and national security.

“We can’t help but be extremely proud that our nation has called upon our own Dean Chiang for this position of such high importance for national security,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “He is one of the world’s leading experts in this subject matter.”

During the one-year leave of absence, Professor Mark Lundstrom has been named as acting dean of the College of Engineering.

Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Lundstrom has been on Purdue’s faculty since 1980 when he finished his Ph.D.

“He is an extraordinary researcher, educator and leader, and will continue to move the college forward while Dean Chiang serves our country with the Department of State,” said Purdue University Provost Jay Akridge.

Dean Chiang’s term begins Monday.