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Giving to the School of Chemical Engineering

In the School of Chemical Engineering, our people drive our progress. Our mission is to equip students for the practice of chemical engineering; to conduct research which defines and advances the knowledge frontiers of the profession; and to enrich society and enhance the profession through leadership and technical advice to industry and professional, scientific, governmental, and community organizations. As the College of Engineering embarks on an ambitious strategic growth initiative, we in Chemical Engineering are committed to transformational growth through our people: improving education for students and opportunities for faculty.

All gifts, large or small, make a difference. Together, 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.

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 solve technical problems in industry and society. Our graduates 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 outstanding faculty who will move our discovery, education and engagement 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 recruit and retain 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 School’s operating expenses, not including salaries. It is our network of alumni, friends and corporate partners who 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 working together our School will continue to have a profound impact on the world.

Funding Priorities

Giving to the School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty Endowments

At 30 members strong and growing, our faculty is among the largest in the nation, committed to conducting field-defining research that is regarded worldwide for its impact and quality. However, only five faculty members are currently receiving endowment support from private funds, which provide the resources necessary to recruit and retain the elite faculty quality we are dedicated to maintaining. With your help, the School of Chemical Engineering would like to significantly increase that number.

Options include named distinguished professorships ($2.5M payable over up to five years or through a deferred gift), named professorships ($1.5M payable over up to five years or through a deferred gift), and a brand-new opportunity. “Rising star” faculty endowments ($500,000 payable over up to five years or through a deferred gift) acknowledge the achievements of mid-career assistant and associate professors who have distinguished themselves among their peers but are not yet candidates for full-term named professorships. Our goal is to have six of these “rising star” endowments, which we view as crucial for recruiting and retaining key faculty, in place by 2017.

Faculty Start-Up Funding

The School of Chemical Engineering is committed to transformational growth through our people. Contributions both large and small are currently needed to address a critical funding priority — faculty start-up funding. Recruitment may seem like a simple task at such a great research university as Purdue, but what remains a constant challenge is securing the financial resources needed to support new faculty, so they can initiate their teaching and research programs. This means purchasing laboratory equipment, providing summer salaries, providing them with two graduate students (each for four years) and supporting activities for their research groups until they are able to attract research support from external grants.

Student Support

We educate our undergraduate and graduate students to play an active part in the practice, development, and growth of the field of chemical engineering at all levels in industry and academia, and in various research and professional organizations. Attracting the very best students — those who will make their mark in the profession — means increasing endowed scholarships ($25,000 payable over up to five years or through a deferred gift) and fellowships ($50,000 to $1 million payable over up to five years or through a deferred gift) that recognize outstanding talent.

Unrestricted Support

This enables the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering to address the School of Chemical Engineering's greatest needs.