September 2002 Newsletter

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Welcome to this first issue of our new e-letter for Purdue engineering alumni. As I mentioned in my July letter, my desire is to communicate with you each month about the goals and initiatives of the Schools of Engineering. In addition, I'll share important news about our students and faculty and inform you of upcoming events. This brief electronic publication is not intended to replace Extrapolations, the engineering alumni magazine you receive three times a year. We do hope, however, that by getting important information to you on a more regular and timely basis, you will contribute to the ongoing dialogue and evolution of our plans, get involved in their execution, and share our passion for our envisioned future.

I know you are paying close attention. The response we received to July's letter has been phenomenal. You and your fellow engineering alums are engaged and eager to offer your opinions, concerns, and support. In fact, I am pleased that you have felt open to expressing anxiety as well as enthusiasm. The changes we are undergoing--the implementation of our Engineering Master Facilities Plan, the dramatic increase in faculty hiring, and the development of signature areas of research, to name just a few--initiate turbulence in an environment that for many years was solidly confident and content. But we are not embarking on change simply for change's sake. An engineering institution that aims at leading the nation can't afford not to change. It's part of life, and we will continually consider how best to adapt to the changing world around us. I hope you know that as we navigate through these changes, we will hold dear the things that are most prized--undergraduate education, quality and opportunity, uncommonly productive and talented engineers, to name a few.

I thought the next few editions of this e-letter should reflect in more detail on some of the points outlined in my July letter. As we proceed with our strategic planning and articulate our direction with more clarity, this venue will allow alumni feedback to be considered more dynamically in the iteration process as we tighten our goals, execution strategies, and success measures.

This seems to me a good way to start, but I hope you will help us provide more value by letting us know how we can adapt this mechanism to work best for you. We will archive each letter on the alumni Web site so that past editions can be reviewed and shared.

Again, I appreciate your enthusiasm and look forward to hearing your thoughts. E-mail us at Enjoy!

Linda Katehi

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


Purdue's Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) has named four recipients of its 2002 Service Awards and will honor these exceptional alumni at a banquet on September 29 at the Purdue Memorial Union. David Beering (BSCEE '85, MSEE '87), Juan Ernesto de Bedout (BSIE '67, MSIE '68 ), and Harold Force (BSCE '73, MSCE '74) will each receive the Service Award, which commends exceptional service and loyalty to Purdue engineering, the university, the engineering profession, and the community. Robert Bowen (BSCE '62) will receive the President's Lifetime Award, the pinnacle award recognizing a lifetime of such contributions.

To make reservations for the EAA Service Awards banquet, contact Cindy Lawley at 765-496-6929 or by September 20. The banquet will be held at noon on September 29 at the East-West Faculty Lounge in the Purdue Memorial Union. Tickets: .

Purdue invites you to a celebration of "Victories and Heroes"

Don't miss this bash--the first-ever University-wide Homecoming celebration!

September 26, 7 p.m.:Purdue Night Train Parade
September 28, 11:30a.m. - 4 p.m.:Join us at the Engineering tent
(across from the MSEE Building) for interactive displays, your free Game Day Survival Bag, and alook at a student-built robot and Baja, Formula One, and solar cars.
September 28, 5 p.m.:Purdue vs. Minnesota football game

Please pre-register for food ( each for guests age 7 and up) by calling 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900 or e-mailing Purdue's Special Events Office at . We'll mail you food tickets that you can present at the Engineering tent. Food tickets are also available for purchase on campus Homecoming day.

Purdue Days in Indiana & Purdue Days Across America

Purdue is hitting the road--both within the state of Indiana and across the country--to show people what we have to offer as a premier institution of higher education and to provide a look at our direction for the future. Check out Purdue at the following events, hosted by President Martin Jischke:

Purdue Days in Indiana:

September 18, 2002Vincennes, Knox County
October 29, 2002Logansport, Cass County
November 26, 2002Aurora, Dearborn County
December 14, 2002Indianapolis, Marion County
January 21, 2003Rensselaer, Jasper County
February 18, 2003Columbia City, Whitley County
March 28, 2003Scottsburg, Scott County
April 24, 2003Anderson, Madison County

For more information about Purdue Days in Indiana, contact Purdue's University Relations office at 765-494-2082.

Purdue Days Across America:

October 26, 2002Washington, DC
November 11, 2002Chicago, IL
December 20, 2002New York, NY (Glee Club sings at Carnegie Hall)
January 17, 2003Tucson, AZ
January 18, 2003Phoenix, AZ
February 1, 2003Dallas, TX
February 8, 2003Naples, FL
February 22, 2003Fort Wayne, IN
March 6-9, 2003Los Angeles & San Jose, CA
April 12, 2003Indianapolis, IN
May 9, 2003Dearborn, MI

For more information about Purdue Days Across America, contact Purdue's Events Office at 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900.


September 19, 2002

    Purdue unveils new brand identity, 10 a.m. press conference
    Hovde Hall
    For information call 765-494-2082.

September 23, 2002

    Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship groundbreaking, 10:30 a.m.
    Elliott Hall of Music
    For information call 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900

September 26, 2002

    GM PACE gift announcement, 10 a.m. press conference
    Loeb Playhouse
    For information call 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900

September 27, 2002

    Civil Engineering Bowen Large-Scale Laboratory groundbreaking, 9 a.m.
    Northwest corner of Hwy. 231 and South River Rd.
    For information call 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900

September 28, 2002

    Chemical Engineering groundbreaking, 10 a.m.
    Behind the Chemical Engineering Building.
    For information call 1-800-213-3044 or 765-494-0900.

September 29, 2002

    Engineering Alumni Association Service Awards, 12 noon
    East-West Faculty Lounge, Purdue Memorial Union
    For information call 765-496-6929.


October 19, 2002Purdue vs. Michigan (HOME)
October 29, 2002Purdue High-Tech Job Fair for Indiana Companies
November 8, 2002Engineering Dean's Club Luncheon
November 9, 2002Purdue vs. Ohio State (HOME)
November 23, 2002Purdue vs. Indiana (HOME)

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