Erin Murphy is a 1994 Purdue Mechanical Engineering graduate. While at Purdue, Erin was a co-op with McDonnell
Douglas (Boeing), active with Pi Tau Sigma and Phi Sigma Rho and played various intramural sports. Erin began her
3M career as a Machine Design Engineer and became the first female to be awarded 3M’s Corporate Engineering
Outstanding Designer Award. Erin has held multiple positions in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and
communications during her 27 years at 3M. Erin is currently a Value Stream Strategy Leader for the Transportation
and Electronics Business Group. Erin also leads 3M’s Purdue University Relations Team. Outside of work, Erin has
enjoyed marathon running, Alpine skiing, home improvement projects and loves traveling and hiking. The joy of
Erin’s life are her two sons and her daughters-in-law. Both of her sons are 3M engineers!
Words of encouragement to my fellow Boilermaker Engineers: Be confident in the skills and education you obtained
at Purdue – you truly are the best of the best, and you can successfully take on any challenge you face. Your Purdue
degree is an incredible foundation for any endeavor, tackle things boldly. Having a plan for your life/career can be a
good thing, but stay open and flexible and don’t dwell on discouragement if things deviate from what you thought
you wanted, just keep learning and growing. I like to say: life might pitch you some curve balls, go ahead and swing,
just swing hard! And always, always, be Ever Grateful and Ever True!