January 2003 Newsletter

In this issue:


Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.

As we begin 2003, we can share some good news from late 2002, including the Board of Trustees' approval to hire architects to design our million multidisciplinary engineering building and a million biomedical engineering building. The University agreed to continue to go to this next step concurrent with continued fundraising efforts to secure the portion of private funds needed and advocacy with the state legislature to secure the anticipated public funds.

Once they're in place, these buildings will greatly enhance our education and discovery missions. The multidisciplinary building will serve as a high visibility engineering gateway to Purdue on the corner of Northwestern and Stadium Avenues and will house a number of schools, departments, and programs. The biomedical engineering building will be yet another place where Purdue faculty will make research breakthroughs and educate tomorrow's engineering leaders.

Our faculty continue to make us proud.

Ray Eberts, director of Continuing Engineering Education and an associate professor of industrial engineering, lent a helping hand in December to Afghanistan's rebuilding efforts.

The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program and co-founder Professor Leah Jamieson continue to rake in awards and accolades. EPICS is an engineering-wide program in which students design and build products for community service agencies. Jamieson has co-directed the program since its inception.

The newly appointed Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mark Smith, began his five-year term on January 1, 2003. We welcome his leadership and the great new ideas he brings with him.

Just this week we publicly celebrated the initiation of two new research centers, the NASA-funded Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing (under the leadership of Professor Supriyo Datta) and the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology (under the leadership of Professor Mark Lundstrom).

Please go to the University News Service site www.purdue.edu/Purdue/News-Info to view (after key word search) all of the press releases relating to these announcements and other progress on our Master Facilities plan and great alumni, student, faculty and staff accomplishments.

Finally, at the end of December 2002, the Research Enterprise Review Committee organized last spring and composed of distinguished faculty from across Engineering completed the first draft of their report. Their findings and recommendations are being incorporated into the draft strategic plan, which is nearing completion. I plan to share highlights of this document in our February e-Alumni newsletter and welcome your comments.

Linda Katehi

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


Purdue’s nationwide road trips--“Purdue Days Across America”--continue. On February 1, Purdue travels to Dallas, Texas, then arrives at Naples, Florida, on February 8. Save the date for March 6 for Purdue Day at San Jose, California, and for March 8, when Purdue arrives in Los Angeles. Contact: events@purdue.edu.

FEBRUARY 15 - 21

You and your fellow engineers are invited to join us in celebrating National Engineers Week as only Purdue can--with a focus on Purdue engineering accomplishment and a mix of activities on campus for students, engineering societies, alumni, and corporations. See calendar for details.

1Dallas Purdue Days Across America (events@purdue.edu)
8Naples Purdue Days Across America (events@purdue.edu)
15-21Engineers Week at Purdue

Saturday (Feb. 15)Math Counts for 6th – 8th graders
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
SHPE Awards Banquet
Sunday (Feb. 16)SWE Awards Luncheon
NSBE Awards Dinner
Monday (Feb. 17)Symposium
Thursday (Feb. 20)Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards
Friday (Feb. 21)Industrial Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards
Civil Engineering Advisory Council
Washington Award presentation to astronaut Eugene Cernan

For more information, contact Cindy Lawley

17-19Co-op Days (Co-op office: 765-494-7430)
6San Jose Purdue Days Across America (events@purdue.edu)
8Los Angeles Purdue Days Across America (events@purdue.edu)
April 25Distinguished Engineering Alumni Convocation (lawley@purdue.edu)
April 26Gala Weekend Schools of Engineering Brunch, 10-noon, Purdue Mall (lawley@purdue.edu)

Contact Us

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