Professor Eckhard Groll Received 2013 Global Engineering Impact Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to globabl learning, discovery, and engagement.


It is an honor to announce that Professor Eckhard Groll is the recipient of the 2013 Global Engineering Impact Award. Eckhard will receive the award at the Co-Op Days luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 12.

 Among his many contributions, Eckhard co-founded GEARE with Dan Hirleman in 2003, and has worked tirelessly since then to improve GEARE and expand opportunities for Engineering students.

Since its inception, 156 students from ten Schools have studied and worked abroad at one of 14 international partners; another 55 are scheduled to study abroad in Spring 2014.

Additionally, 132 students from our international partners have studied at Purdue.

 Eckhard was also Co-PI on a IREE grant from NSF that impacted 59 students, has served on many Purdue committees charged with setting a course for global impact, and began the Global Partners in Apprenticeship program in the OPP. Presently he is leading a College-wide effort to develop a strategy for a robust Study Abroad program that is aligned with broader goals of the College.

 Last year the award was presented to Professor John Lumkes on the basis of innovative and successful Global Design Teams in Cameroon, part of which was recently highlighted on the Big Ten Network (please see Currently John is working with colleagues across the Purdue campus to develop a transdisciplinary program of learning, research, and engagement that is bound to become a model for service learning and research.

Please join me in congratulating Eckhard on his well-deserved award.

 Best regards



William Anderson
Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Global Engineering Program