2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree Recipient
Martin Jischke arrived at Purdue in August 2000 and led the university through a strategic plan. Under his leadership, the university is nearing completion of its Campaign for Purdue, which so far has brought in $1.64 billion in private gifts. In carrying out the strategic plan, he oversaw the university's undertaking of more than 50 capital projects, including construction of 40 new buildings. Among those construction projects was the $350 million Discovery Park, Purdue's hub for interdisciplinary research that is home to 10 primary centers focusing on everything from biosciences, the environment and manufacturing to oncological sciences, cyberinfrastructure and health-care engineering.
He also has earned numerous honors and distinctions during the course of his Purdue years. In 2006 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He also received the Centennial Medallion of the American Society for Engineering Education.
He has served on numerous civic, state and corporate boards and has been a science adviser and consultant to a range of state and federal agencies, corporations and government officials, including a term as a White House fellow and special assistant to the secretary of transportation.
Jischke received his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He came to Purdue from Iowa State University, where he had served as its president for nine years. Before that, he was chancellor at the University of Missouri-Rolla and had been a faculty member, director, dean and interim president at the University of Oklahoma.