June 2003 Newsletter

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I’m pleased to report that Purdue’s Board of Trustees has approved hiring contractors to begin work on the Birck Nanotechnology Center and has authorized the financing and construction of two new engineering buildings: the $ 47.7 million Armstrong Hall of Engineering and the $ 25 million Biomedical Engineering Building.

BNC Bldg
Birck Nanotechnology Center

The Birck Nanotechnology Center, a facility within Purdue’s new Discovery Park teaching and research complex, will be funded with gifts of $ 47.6 million, $ 5.7 million in federal funds, and a $ 5 million state appropriation of Build Indiana funds. Construction is scheduled to begin right away and could be completed as early as July 2005.

Armstrong Hall of Engineering is a key component in the $ 400 million master facilities plan approved in 1999 for the Schools of Engineering. The facility will house the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the School of Materials Engineering, the Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS), Freshman Engineering, minority and women in engineering, the Office of the Dean of Engineering, and other programs. Gift funds will cover $ 10 million of the cost for the 238,000-square-foot building. The state has authorized Purdue to issue bonds to cover the other $ 37.7 million.

And, finally, the Biomedical Engineering Building, planned for Phase II of Discovery Park, will provide research labs and lab support, and faculty, staff, administrative and business offices. The facility will serve the newly designed undergraduate biomedical engineering program as well as the existing graduate program and research activities. The facility will be funded by $ 12 million in gift funds, and the state has authorized Purdue to issue bonds to cover the remaining $ 13 million.

These developments reflect steady movement toward our goal of preeminence for Purdue engineering—not just in terms of physical facilities, but in the caliber of faculty and students that those state-of-the-art facilities attract. We’re making excellent progress.

Linda Katehi
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


A thousand or so alums converged on the “City of the Big Shoulders” for Purdue Days in Chicago (June 13 and 14). The event featured a Friday evening alumni gathering at Bob Chinn’s Crab House and Saturday evening at the Field Museum, where Boilermakers could explore22 million-plus specimens on display, enjoy the Glee Club, and check out a host of Purdue booths and activities, including those sponsored by the Schools of Engineering.

Purdue Day @ Chicago
Purdue Day in Chicago

PURDUE DAYS: Coming to the Indiana State Fair August 13

Join Purdue alumni and friends at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 13, with famous Purdue alumni and Discover Purdue booths and activities! See here to order tickets to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion": The Rhubarb Tour at 7:30 p.m. on the Marsh Grandstand at the State Fair. A special hog-roast dinner package is offered with ticket purchases.

Purdue Days in 2004

  • Houston, Texas: January 17, 2004
  • Phoenix, Arizona: January 30, 2004
  • San Francisco, California: January 31, 2004
  • Naples, Florida: February 7, 2004
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: March 13, 2004
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: April 23, 2004
  • Washington, DC: April 24, 2004
  • Boston, Massachusetts: April 30, 2004
  • New York, New York: May 1, 2004
  • Chicago, Illinois: July 2004 (TBD)

August 13Purdue at the State Fair (Indianapolis)
September 26Dean’s Club Luncheon
October 5EAA Service Awards
October 10Purdue alumni reception at SWE National Convention (Birmingham, AL)

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