2009 Eaton Award in Design Excellence
Solid values. Great people. The Midwest shines in these areas, says Jim Eaton, a West Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus (B.S. ’58, M.S. ’63, and Ph.D. ’67). He and his wife, Shirley, are helping to increase economic opportunity in the region by endowing the Eaton Award in Design Excellence in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Jim’s years of experience at leading high-tech companies Hewlett-Packard and Agilent sparked the idea. “I had seen that product design was the driver — the energy source — that kept the economic flywheel going in Silicon Valley,” Jim says. By promoting careers in product design and rewarding good teachers, Jim hopes the Eaton Award will increase intellectual property development in the Midwest. Recent graduates are chosen annually for their work in product design, and these award-winning alumni designate the faculty member from electrical and computer engineering who had the greatest impact on their Purdue education to share the award. In addition, undergraduates in senior design classes are recognized semiannually.
The recipient of the award will receive:
- A specially-designed plaque, presented at a ceremony in Spring 2009.
- 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.
The 2009 Alumni Award winner:
Faculty member: William Chappell
Eaton Sr. Design Award winners:
Ross A. Howard
Daniel L. Selby
Dennis M. Snell