Welcome to eConnections
It is a new year and a new semester at Purdue University. Once again, the past 12 months have been an exciting time for the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and I am very much looking forward to what 2018 has in store.
Before we look forward, however, let us look back on some of the events and accomplishments of our students, staff, faculty, and alums over the past six months. Since our June edition of eConnections, the School of Civil Engineering has been hard at work to improve the educational experience for students and expand our resources for staff and faculty.
The most noteworthy effort currently taking place is the $5 million renovation of Delon and Elizabeth Hampton Hall. The first phase of the renovation project began this past fall and is set to complete by fall of this year. Upgrades and additions to the building include new flexible-use teaching laboratories, a new student lounge, and additional space to house lab equipment for flexible teaching opportunities.
We are all excited to see the improvements to the School, as they will certainly enhance the learning and teaching experiences for students, faculty, and staff. I would also like to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of those who helped make this possible – particularly, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, who contributed $2.5 million to the project.
It is because of the incredible support our School receives that we continue to be one of the preeminent civil engineering institutions in the world.
Speaking of gifts, I would also like to remind everyone that Purdue's annual Day of Giving is just a few months away. Last year, our School received more than $3 million in just 24 hours. Again, I am completely humbled by the generosity continually displayed by all, and I look forward to extending my thanks again in my next message.
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 came out in the 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
Hampton Hall Renovations
In the fall of 2017, the school began renovations to the Delon and Elizabeth Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering. The first phase of this $5 million project is set to be complete by the start of the fall 2018 semester.
Rao S. Govindaraju, the Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, says the renovations are necessary to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have the best tools and opportunities available.
"Purdue's School of Civil Engineering is known throughout the world as one of the top civil engineering institutions. We must do all that we can to support growth and innovation so that we remain a premier civil engineering school," Govindaraju said.
The first phase of renovations focuses on the ground floor and basement level areas. Improvements to the building will include an accessible entryway, improved air circulation, updates to existing laboratories for state-of-the-art civil engineering teaching and research, and new flexible-use teaching laboratories. The plan includes the following:
Robert Frosch, associate dean for resource planning and management and professor of civil engineering, said that having flexible laboratories allows the school to anticipate future teaching and research needs by providing easily modifiable spaces calibrated to accommodate varying class sizes and a broad range of interdisciplinary activities.
"The portion of the building we're renovating is in desperate need of work, and this will address many issues we've been facing," Frosch said. "These renovations will greatly improve experiences for our students, faculty and staff."
The Lyles School of Civil Engineering has several ways for you to stay up-to-date with our activities and accomplishments. One of the best ways is to subscribe to our social media channels.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in December for Winter Commencement. Bill Dudley, 1974 Purdue Civil Engineering alum and vice chairman of Bechtel Group Inc., addressed this year's winter graduates at their commencement. Nearly 100 graduate and undergrad students earned their civil engineering degrees in December and we wish them all the very best in their personal and professional pursuits.
Alumni Impart Wisdom
Last semester, two of Purdue Civil Engineering's more successful alumni returned to Purdue to share their advice and experiences with our students. We recorded the sessions and uploaded the videos to our YouTube page.
In September, Alumnus Ron Klemencic (BSCE '85) shared his insights into the magic which has fueled his career. The event was hosted by The Pankow Foundation and the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. Ron is the Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates and has been the structural engineer-in-charge for more than 175 buildings over 27-stories high in 19 countries. His firm has completed projects in 47 states and 54 countries with an aggregate construction cost of $99 billion.
In October, as part of the yearlong Lyles School of Civil Engineering Milestones celebration, Martha Rees (BSCE '73) shared insights from her 40-plus years with DuPont USA in a lecture entitled, "Intersections of Civil Engineering and Law." Rees began her career in 1973 as an environmental engineer and rose through the ranks at DuPont while also attending Georgetown Law School, eventually assuming her position of Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in 2006. Rees retired in 2015.
Why I Love Being a Civil Engineer
Why do YOU love being a civil engineer? Send us a fun, job-related picture and brief description that shows why you love working as a civil engineer. Our favorite entries will be featured in the next edition of eConnections. Send your photos and a brief description to Civil Engineering Marketing and Communications Director Drew Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue Women's Basketball star guard Dominique Oden is a sophomore in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. In just her second year on the team, Oden is top 10 all-time in three-point percentage.
Earlier in the fall, Oden was kind enough to do a Q&A session, which was published in our latest edition of Transitions.
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