Greetings from Eric Putman, Chief Development Officer for Civil Engineering
Chief Development Officer for Civil Engineering
It has been a warm welcome to the Lyles School of Civil Engineering! As the new chief development officer, it has not taken me long to build an immense appreciation for the generosity and commitment of the friends and alumni of Purdue Civil Engineering.
My predecessor, Don Fry, established a very special set of relationships with many in the extended Boilermaker community, and I look forward to serving in a similar manner.
While I am new to Civil Engineering, I am not new to Purdue, as I previously served in a similar role in the College of Agriculture. My affinity for Purdue also touches other parts of campus, with a daughter well into her sophomore year in Health and Human Sciences and my wife working in the Krannert School of Management.
I have enjoyed meaningful conversations this semester with Civil Engineering alumni and friends, and I look forward to meeting many more over the course of the new year.
Each one of you has your own unique experience with Purdue, and I look forward to learning how your education, the motivation you received from inspiring faculty, and the varied internship and co-op opportunities you enjoyed became foundational experiences for your personal success.
In October, we formally concluded Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University and celebrated the deeply personal commitments made by so many.
Your support has made a difference, establishing the Lyles School as a leader in educating the best and brightest civil engineering leaders of the future. Thank you for all you are making possible!
The Lyles School is among the best in the nation. With over 12,000 living alumni, and with undergraduate and graduate programs consistently ranking in the top 10 by sources such as U.S. News & World Report, it is clear the school continues to have a meaningful and lasting impact on society.
Providing a world-class learning experience to students is a timeless challenge given to each generation of faculty and staff. In many respects, we stand on the shoulders of those who have worked diligently to lead the Lyles School to the place of prominence it enjoys today. Our challenge in each new season is to commit to an ever-higher level of excellence.
With full appreciation and respect for the traditions that have served us well, it is my sense there is an equally strong commitment to innovation and continued improvement. I look forward to working with you to equip this new generation of Boilermakers to make their mark on the world.
Chief Development Officer — Lyles School of Civil Engineering
University Development Office — Purdue Research Foundation