Pavlos Vlachos

Founder & CEO

Pavlos Vlachos is a professor in the Schools of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue and University Faculty Fellow. Dr. Vlachos received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1995) and his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on experimental fluid mechanics specializing on flow diagnostics using optical or other non-intrusive methods and development of novel sensors and measurement techniques. His research focus is in: biofluid mechanics for arterial flows and implants; heart failure; (nano) particle transport; drug delivery; tumor microenvironments, biosensors;multi-phase and interfacial flows; and biologically inspired flows. He has received recognitions and awards including: 2005 Dean’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Assistant Professor; MIT 11th (2005) Annual T.F. Ogilvie Lectureship Award for Young Investigator in Ocean Engineering and Fluid Mechanics; 2006 NSF CAREER award; 2006 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium; 2007 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow; 2007 and 2010 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Moody Award; 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research; and the 2009 and 2010 outstanding paper award in fluid mechanics from the journal

of Measurement Science and Technology. Several more papers have been recognized in journal highlights and covers including the cover for Dec 2015 at the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. In 2010 he was named a Jones Faculty Fellow and in 2012 received the Robert E. Hord professorship in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech.

Kaethe Beck


Kaethe Beck is the Director of Operations for Life Sciences in the Office of Research and Partnerships at Purdue University. Kaethe is a graduate of the University of Illinois, subsequently attending graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Kaethe began her career in technical sales for Bitplane (eventually purchased by Andor Technologies – Oxford Instruments), specializing in microscopy analysis software generally used for confocal imaging. After relocating to Lafayette, Indiana during the summer of 2011, she began her career at Purdue. Prior to her current role, Kaethe also served as the managing director of a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence research center specializing in visual and data analytics. In her current role, Ms. Beck’s efforts are focused on coordinating the six life science institutes on campus, and serving as the strategic alliance manager for a large scale partnership.


Cordian provides medical imaging analysis technology for accurate, accessible, and affordable diagnosis, that leads to reduced costs and healthier hearts.


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