Purdue School of Chemical Engineering Alums Receive President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Awards

Provost Sands, Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld, Arvind Varma, Purdue 2014
President Daniels, Susan and Robert Gadomski, Naples 2014
Robert (BSChE ’69) & Susan Gadomski and Jay (BSChE ’74) & Cynthia Ihlenfeld received the Purdue President’s Council’s Distinguished Pinnacle Award in recognition for their generous contributions to the School of Chemical Engineering.

February 20, 2014

The generosity of alumni from the School of Chemical Engineering was recently on display as Robert (BSChE ’69) and Susan Gadomski were presented with the President’s Council’s Distinguished Pinnacle Award on February 15th at the President’s Council Annual Appreciation Dinner in Naples, Florida. Then on February 20th, Jay (BSChE ’74) and Cynthia Ihlenfeld received the President’s Council’s Distinguished Pinnacle Award at a special School of Chemical Engineering reception in the Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering’s Robert T. Henson Atrium.

The President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award recognizes donors who have given more than $1 million in support of Purdue University. Both Robert & Susan Gadomski and Jay & Cynthia Ihlenfeld have been extremely generous to the School of Chemical Engineering.

During the Campaign for Purdue, Robert and Susan supported the School of Chemical Engineering building renovation. A conference room in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering bears their name. In July 2012, a pledge commitment from the Gadomski Foundation established The Gadomski Foundation Graduate Education Fund in Chemical Engineering. This contribution is being matched 1:1 by a Graduate Education Match that utilized $3M in university matching funds to stimulate private support for endowments supporting graduate education at Purdue.

In January 2012, Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld made a pledge commitment to endow the School of Chemical Engineering headship. A special matching-gift opportunity through the College of Engineering made it possible for their gift to be matched with $500,000 from the College of Engineering to achieve the necessary funding for an endowed headship.

The School of Chemical Engineering is grateful to have such dedicated alumni who make a difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff.