The Eaton Award in Design Excellence
This unique award program recognizes outstanding work in the field of design by recent ECE alumni. The program was established with a generous gift from Jim and Shirley Eaton of Palo Alto, California. Jim Eaton earned each of his degrees (BSEE '58, MSEE '63, and PhD '67) from Purdue, and his father was a well- known faculty member in the School from 1942 to 1967.
The first Eaton Award in Design Excellence was won by Daniel Elmhurst in March 2001.
Dr. Eaton's motivation for creating this award comes from his three decades of leading design work during his career at Hewlett Packard. The Eaton award encourages promising young engineers to continue their work in design by recognizing their early achievements in the field.
Any graduate receiving a bachelor's, master's, and/or doctoral degree from the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering between May 2017 and May 2022 is eligible for the 2022 award. (For alumni who received more than one ECE degree, eligibility is determined from the date of the most recent degree.)
The recipient of the award will receive:
- A specially-designed plaque, presented at a ceremony in Fall 2022.
- a $500 honorarium and a stipend to cover all travel costs for your trip back to campus.
- the opportunity to speak with current ECE students to discuss your design work.
- the opportunity to recognize the ECE professor or staff member who had the greatest impact on your education as the recipient of an accompanying award.
All nomination materials must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2022.
|Year||Alumni Award||Faculty/Staff Award|
|2001||Daniel Elmhurst||John Lindenlaub|
Raymond de Carlo
|2003||Brett Bymaster||William Oakes|
|2004||Kevin Kirsch||Robert Montgomery|
|2005||Albert Reuther||David Meyer|
|2006||Joseph Richards||George Adams|
|2007||Paul LaTour||Barrett Robinson|
|2008-2009||Caleb Fulton||William Chapel|
|2010||Buyue Zhang||Jan Allebach|
|2012||Joe Land||David Meyer|
|2013||Alan Barker||Jim Krogermeier|
|2014||Hale Petersen||George Lee|
|2015||Shaun Greene||Steven Pekarek|
|2016||Ishaan Kohli||Mike Melloch|
|2017||Waqas Javed||David Ebert|
|2018||Andrew Metcalf||Andrew Weiner|
|2019||Markell Baldwin||Dan Elliott|
|2020||Everett Berry||Yung-Hsiang Lu|
|2021||Yang Lei||Jan Allebach|
|2022||Harshita Singh||Scott Sudhoff|