Please contact David Williams, Senior Director of Development, at 765-494-4065 or with any questions you may have about a gift to the School of Chemical Engineering.

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Giving to the School of Chemical Engineering

All gifts, large and small, make a difference in the quality of education and research in the School of Chemical Engineering. See how private gifts have benefited the department, why giving matters, and what are the school’s current priorities.

The School of Chemical Engineering is at the most decisive and exciting moment in its history. With your help, we have the opportunity to accomplish many more of our goals and move forward on our strategic plan. We appreciate your financial support for our School as we build on our long Purdue tradition of excellence in chemical engineering learning, discovery and engagement.

Why Give

Your Gift Matters Now, More Than Ever

You can change the world.
Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science – particularly chemistry – to overcome technical problems in industry and society. They are world leaders in technology areas like energy, the environment, biotechnology and medicine, personal care products, food, and high performance materials. Your support is needed to help the school attract and retain the engineers that will take our discovery initiatives to the next level.

Excellence is expensive.
The School of Chemical Engineering is committed to providing an outstanding educational and research environment for students, faculty and visiting scholars. To continue to hire the best faculty, provide the highest quality resources, and to attract the brightest students, we need your support.

Private donations are critical.
For much of its history, Purdue and the School of Chemical Engineering relied primarily on state funds. Times have changed. Today, private gifts cover 100 percent of the department’s operating expenses, not including salaries. It is our private donors that will create the leverage needed to reach new levels of excellence.

Your participation matters.
Your gift, large or small, is a vote of support for the School of Chemical Engineering. The Purdue family is a far-reaching group that includes students and alumni, faculty and staff, corporations and foundations, parents and friends. We all play a role, and together we will achieve excellence.

Departmental Priorities

Giving to the School of Chemical Engineering

Renovation -- Completing the modernization of the old building for the School of Chemical Engineering is a priority this year. Integral to this expansion project is the renovation and modernization of the existing building, which was completed in 1940, and has been relatively unchanged since. This is the place, the “home” that you all know. The new addition has provided many marvelous opportunities, and phases one and two of the renovation of the original building have been completed. Today we are planning for the final stage, which will include modernization of faculty and graduate student offices on the ground floor, a new conference room, and putting the hallway ceilings back in place. Our goal is to have the remaining $750K of the $12.75 million project raised this year, and we are asking for your support.

Faculty -- Over the past six years, the School has recruited 13 new faculty at various ranks. These faculty members strengthen the School’s core technology areas and bring novel ideas in educational methods along with exciting new research areas. They bring strength and enthusiasm to our catalysis/surface science faculty cluster, invigorate our polymer synthesis, nanomaterials and biological engineering efforts, introduce new strength in the semiconductor manufacturing domain, and offer exciting opportunities in the area of alternative energy sources. Recruitment may seem like a simple task at such a great research university like Purdue, but what remains a constant challenge is the financial resources needed to support young assistant professors. We have to continue recruiting talented faculty and assisting them while they build their research programs, including purchase laboratory equipment, provide summer salaries, provide them with 2 graduate students (each for 4 years), and support activities for their research groups.

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