Welcome to eConnections
This has been another great academic year at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering — in both accomplishments by our students, faculty, and staff — and contributions from our incredibly supportive alumni.
Back in our January edition of eConnections, we announced the completion of the Thomas A. Page Pavilion. Named after its primary donor, Tom Page (BSCE ‘55, MSIA ‘63, HDR ‘94), the facility serves as a place for student teams to plan, design, fabricate, and finish projects. The School has received another significant commitment from Christopher B. (BSCE ‘77, MSCE ‘79, Ph.D. ‘83, HDR '10) and Susan S. (BSLA '78) Burke. In recognition of the Burke family’s philanthropy and commitment to Purdue University, our School has named its graduate program as the Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Graduate Program.
The Burke family’s gift allows our School to set yet another benchmark among the best programs in the world. Purdue civil engineering's graduate program is now the first named civil engineering graduate program in the United States. We are ever thankful to the Burkes—and all of our wonderful alumni, friends, and corporate partners who continue to support us.
Also this past semester, the Lyles School raised more than $3 million – and placed fourth overall for Purdue’s annual Day of Giving! I would specifically like to recognize our good friends Jerry (BSCE ‘65, MISA ‘66) and Lynda Engelhardt. They continue to be very strong backers of our Civil Engineering program, and during Day of Giving pledged over $1.5 million dollars to our School.
The generosity of our alumni and friends is a key component to our School’s 130 years of success — and it is also why we are continually recognized as one of the top programs in the world! Once again, both our graduate and undergraduate programs were placed among the top 10 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report!
I look forward to sharing even more of our accomplishments with you in this edition of eConnections, and in our IMPACT and Transitions magazines — both of which will come out later this fall.
Also, be sure to send us your feedback, contact information, and life and career news. Send your updates to Kathy Heath at email@example.com.
All the best,
Rao S. Govindaraju
Burke Graduate Program
In recognition of the Burke Family generosity and commitment to Purdue, the School named its graduate program the Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Graduate Program.
Chris Burke (BSCE ‘77, MSCE ‘79, Ph.D. ‘83, HDR '10) said the unique educational opportunities and experiences he and his family received are among the reasons for the gift to Civil Engineering.
“We think that the direction the university is headed is fantastic and we really want to do our part and to keep that great tradition of excellence,” Burke said. “We believe this will help carry that tradition on.”
The Burkes’ gift will allow the Lyles School of Civil Engineering to set yet another benchmark among the best programs in the world. It is the first named graduate program in a civil engineering program in the U.S.
The Burkes are major benefactors and supporters of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, including the Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrology Research and Teaching Laboratory, the Christopher and Susan Burke Undergraduate Hydraulics Teaching Laboratory, the Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor in Civil Engineering, and seed funding for the Center for UAV Applications for Physical and Environmental Infrastructure.
CE Professors to Create Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering Program
A team consisting of Antonio Bobet, Professor of Civil Engineering; Shirley Dyke, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering; Julio Ramirez, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Center Director of the Network Coordination Office for the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, and Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, received a grant to create the Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering program.
New Horizons is a competitive program launched by the Provost's Office in 2016 to challenge established senior faculty at Purdue to create new academic areas for the coming decades. This differs from the traditional approach of hiring new faculty gradually to develop new areas at a university, Provost Deba Dutta said.
“We have fantastic, entrepreneurial faculty who are cutting-edge researchers. They understand Purdue at a deep level and have the knowledge, skills, and experience to create new fields of inquiry that will have impact worldwide,” Dutta said.
Read the full story here.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us in May to celebrate the commencement of our undergraduate and graduate students! More than 130 of our students became proud alumni. We at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.
Two of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering’s associate professors have announced their retirement.
Associate Professors Philippe Bourdeau and Steven Johnson have announced their retirements, effective this summer break. Together, Bourdeau and Johnson have dedicated more than 40 years of their professional careers at Purdue University as both teachers and researchers.
Professor Bourdeau – who came to Purdue in 1988 – said he plans to remain in the Greater Lafayette area to continue his research, write, and consult. He is also deeply appreciative of his time teaching at Purdue and sees it as some of his most important work.
“Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me at Purdue,” Bourdeau said. “The feeling you get, knowing the students you’ve taught are then going out and using that knowledge to make a difference is something I will never forget. I believe that, even in a top-ranked research university like Purdue, our main impact on society is through teaching.”
Professor Johnson came to Purdue in 1992 after teaching at Virginia Tech for 16 years. After this summer, he said he plans to go into “full retirement.”
Professor Johnson added that he will always fondly remember seeing his students pursue their passion and succeed.
“I think back on all the graduates of our program with a degree or minor in surveying,” Johnson said. “I am very proud of our graduates and the impact they have had on surveying and mapping here in Indiana and throughout the nation.”
Johnson said he also enjoyed his many years of professional contributions serving accreditation activities with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and developing surveying professional registration with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
The Art of Teaching | Engineering Art
Teaching is an art and so is engineering! Mastering both arts requires interest, talent, role models, and a lifetime of dedication.
A series of seminars was held at Purdue's Lyles School of Civil Engineering this year on the art of teaching engineering. The speakers were renowned teachers and mentors whose effectiveness has been proven by the success of their students.
We recorded the lectures and posted them on our YouTube channel. We encourage you to have a watch!
2017 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards (CEAAA)
The Lyles School of Civil Engineering recognized five passionate, successful, and visionary graduates during the 24th annual Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards this spring.
We also recorded the Q&A session with our students and CEAAA honorees. You can watch the video here.
57th Annual CE Open
Since 1960, this event has been a staple of Purdue CE tradition. Around 70 participants joined us on June 9, and a great time was had by all. Thank you to all of our sponsors: American Structurepoint; Benchmark Fabricated Steel; Butler, Fairman, and Seufert, Inc.; Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.; David Wozniak; FA Wilhelm Construction; Marathon Petroleum; RQAW Corporation; and V3 Companies.
Thank You for a Wonderful Purdue Day of Giving
The Lyles School of Civil Engineering raised more than $3 million from 198 individual gifts for Purdue’s annual Day of Giving. We are deeply thankful to all those who donated – and to our students, faculty, and staff who participated in the day’s activities. Your contributions have greatly impacted Civil Engineering because these funds go to our School’s greatest needs, such as scholarship opportunities, faculty support, outreach programs and facility improvements.
European Infrastructure Trip
Civil Engineering Professor Darcy Bullock led the 21st Century European Transportation Infrastructure class. Twenty Purdue engineering students, faculty, and staff made several stops in England, Germany, and Austria.
Among the places the group visited was the London Crossrail construction sites, hosted by Bechtel Corp. Purdue alumnus Al Dausman (MSCE ‘78) and Bechtel Corp. Project Engineer led the tour. The group also visited the tunnel construction sites in Austria, hosted by Professor Fellendorf from Graz University of Technology.
You can view a photo album of the trip here.
Why I Love Being a Civil Engineer
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