April 2003 Newsletter

In this issue:


Purdue engineering is on the move! I am pleased to report that already the U.S. News Best Graduate Programs rankings are starting to reflect progress toward the vision of preeminence articulated by our draft strategic plan. In the April 14, 2003, issue, Purdue is ranked 9th among engineering schools! That’s up from last year’s 12th position and the prior year’s 13th rank.

Individual program rankings include: ABE - 2nd, IE - 3rd, AAE - 6th, CE - 7th, ME - 7th, NE - 7th, ECE - 10th, CmpE - 14th, ChE - 16th, and MSE - 19th. Analyzing the components that determine the U.S. News school rankings shows that growth in size of the research program and greater selectivity in graduate admissions were the key contributors to this year’s improvement. This substantial growth in our research and the greater student selectivity are the results of the hard effort and the vision of many individual members of the engineering community.

While the U.S. News rankings do not follow widely acceptable criteria for quality and are based on self-reporting and qualitative assessments of industry recruiters and academics, they do provide information that prospective students, both undergraduates and graduates, are using as a basis for selecting their institution.

We are very pleased with this year’s rate of progress; however, we still have much to do to achieve our aspirations. We will further improve our programs and increase our visibility in national and international policy and technical forums. We will also make industrial, academic, and governmental participants in such forums aware of our planned strategic growth in faculty size and 60% increase in new laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities. And last but not least, we will work hard to increase our faculty membership in the National Academy of Engineering. I personally feel very comfortable that we are on a good path to success: we have a vision of making Purdue the leader in engineering and the desire to accomplish this goal.

Linda Katehi

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering

Distinguished Engineering Alumni to Be Honored April 25

The Schools of Engineering will host the 40th annual Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Eliza Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. The convocation, which is open to the public, recognizes ten individuals for outstanding achievement in professional and related endeavors. Congratulations to these Purdue engineering honorees:

Charles G. Armstrong
BSIE ’64
President and COO
Seattle Mariners Baseball Club

William K. Cordier
BSME ’49
Cordier Management LLC

William J. Gillilan III
BSIE ’68
Chairman (retired)
Centex Construction Group

Richard H. Grabham
BSChE ’70
Vice President, Global Polypropylene
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

John L. Hudson
MSAE ’74
Program Executive Officer and Program Director
USAF Joint Strike Fighter Program

Jack R. Kelbe
BSEE ’65
President, Space and Airborne Systems
Raytheon Co.

Ben J. Lipps
BSChE ’62
President and CEO
Fresenius Medical Care, North America
Chairman, Management Board,
Fesenius Medical Care, AG

Christine M. Maziar
BSEE ’81, MSEE ’84, PhD ’86
Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Minnesota

Burton D. Morgan, posthumously
BSME ’38
Basic Search Inc.

Mamon M. Powers Jr.
BSCE ’70
Powers and Sons Construction Co.

Schools of Engineering Brunch, April 26

Stop by our tent on the Purdue Mall between 10 a.m. and noon for a buffet brunch. All engineering schools will be represented. For reservations, e-mail engr-events@ecn.purdue.edu or call Cindy Lawley at 496-6929.

Gala Week begins on Friday, April 25, and continues through Sunday, April 27. For a complete list of events, see www.purduealum.org.

Coming to Dearborn and Fort Wayne

Purdue’s nationwide road trips—“Purdue Days Across America”—continue with a stop in Dearborn, Michigan, on May 9 followed by a stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 30. Contact: events@purdue.edu

9Purdue Day, Dearborn, MI
17Engineering Send-Off (Graduates and Families)
17Engineering Graduation
30Purdue Day, Fort Wayne, IN

June 14Purdue Day in Chicago
August 13Purdue at the State Fair
September 26Dean's Club Luncheon
October 5EAA Service Awards

Contact Us

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