Giving to Purdue ECE

Throughout the history of Purdue University, our electrical engineering and computer engineering students have led the way in innovation, discovery, and the pursuit of the newest and most groundbreaking findings in our field. Purdue’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is building the future today through the achievements of our ECE students, faculty, and alumni. Contributions made to our programs go directly towards providing the highest quality education, allowing us to do what we do best – consistently hitting the top bar of excellence again, and again, and again.

Our outstanding ECE students are among the most highly sought candidates in industry, research, and academics. Through the dedication of like-minded friends and alumni, we are able to keep this tradition of excellence strong through the years and consistent in its impact.

This is where you can make a difference!

When you make the choice to contribute to Purdue ECE, we can help you allocate your gift towards the impact point you would like to benefit most. Whether you are interested in making a difference in undergraduate student success through an endowed scholarship, or you would prefer to contribute towards faculty success, your legacy will enable our next giant leaps in the combined fields of electrical engineering and computer engineering.

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Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program named after ECE alumni

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved naming the Minority Engineering Program within the College of Engineering for Don and Liz Thompson.

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved naming the Minority Engineering Program within the College of Engineering for Don and Liz Thompson.

Don and Liz both graduated from Purdue with degrees in electrical engineering (1984 and 1985, respectively), and were active in the Minority Engineering Program as students. In 2018 the couple established a $1 million endowment for the College of Engineering in support of the program.

The Minority Engineering Program began in 1974 as one of several initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering. The program has been key to Purdue’s successful graduation of more than 3,000 underrepresented minority engineering students to date. Other colleges and universities across the country have adopted Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program model.

Don Thompson served as a Purdue trustee from 2009-22 and led the university’s Equity Task Force.

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Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building gets new name after generous gift to school

A Purdue building housing the university's largest academic unit has a new name, thanks to a generous gift from an alumnus. Purdue’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Electrical Engineering Building on campus as the Max W & Maileen Brown Family Hall.

The naming is in recognition of a generous gift to Purdue’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The gift is from Max W and Maileen Brown, and their children Max G, and Ash. Max W Brown is a 1970 Purdue graduate in electrical engineering. Max G and Ash also received degrees from Purdue.

It’s the second time in the last couple of years that Brown has provided significant funding for the school. In 2019, Max W and Maileen also provided a major gift that allowed for the renovation of the atrium in the Materials Science and Electrical Engineering Building. The now-named Max W Brown Atrium is a welcoming and inspiring location for students, with furniture designed to ensure that students feel comfortable as they work on assignments and collaborate on team projects. Brown hopes these gifts encourage other alumni to give.

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Venture capitalist Elmore gives $25 million to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday (Aug. 6) approved naming the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) for the family of alumnus William B. Elmore in recognition of a $25 million gift.

The school will be known as the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. To maximize the impact of the gift, the school will distribute funds to address both short- and long-term needs and opportunities including the initiation of research and education centers alongside retention and recruitment support for faculty and students.

“The goal is to enable and sustain significant research and education efforts that will advance the frontiers of knowledge, have transformative impact on society, and catapult the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering to national and international preeminence,” said Dimitri Peroulis, the Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor of ECE.

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Purdue trustees approve naming of Chaney-Hale Hall of Science

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Thursday (April 2) approved the naming of Purdue’s new STEM Teaching Lab facility as the Chaney-Hale Hall of Science. The naming recognizes the joint leadership gifts from Jeannie (Bachelor of Science 1961, Pharmacy) and Jim Chaney, and Judy (BS ’61, Pharmacy) and Dave Hale (BS ’59, Electrical Engineering).

The nation’s most technologically advanced STEM building soon will have a new name.

The $64 million, 111,000-square-foot facility – centrally located between Hovde Hall, the Elliott Hall of Music and Purdue Armory – will provide 33 multidisciplinary laboratory classrooms for up to 15,000 undergraduates per year and optimize hands-on learning across the university’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Labs with breakthrough technology are designated for cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. The building is home to the first new teaching-labs space on campus in nearly 50 years.

More than 80% of the students taking classes in the new building will come from outside the College of Science, including students from the colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, and Pharmacy.

Purdue is among the top three universities in the U.S. for the number of STEM graduates produced annually.

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ECE opens two new spaces for students in MSEE building

The Material Sciences and Electrical Engineering Building has two new spaces for students thanks to donations from Purdue alumni. The newly named Max W. Brown Atrium has been opened thanks to a donation from Max and Maileen Brown, and the new Bill and Shirley Rice Design Studio will allow for collaborative learning opportunities. Both spaces were recognized with a reception Oct. 29.

The reception featured words from Dimitri Peroulis, the Michael and Katherine Birck Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; James Krogmeier, associate head for facilities and planning; and Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering. Remarks were followed by tours of the design studio.

“Thanks to the generous support from Max Brown and from Bill and Shirley Rice, the ECE leadership re-envisioned one of the most prominent spaces on campus and moved another key step forward in the 10-year engineering space plan,” Chiang said. “What we have now in MSEE atrium and design studio are opportunities for innovative programs and people, as we continue to propel toward the pinnacle of excellence at scale.”

The Max W. Brown Atrium has been under renovation since August. The newly reopened space is intended as a welcoming and inspiring location for students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Atrium furniture designs were selected to ensure that every student feels comfortable as they work on assignments and collaborate on team projects.

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Giving Opportunities

Every degree earned; every discovery made; every project started; every giant leap that happens here in Purdue University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering begins with a small step. It is through honored friends and alumni like you that we can make these small steps, so the giant leaps continue to happen! Your gift to ECE is the spark that takes our students and our faculty to the next level!

In addition to the hundreds of student organizations across campus, there are several student organizations that are targeted specifically toward students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society (ECESS)-to build a community network, and resource for all ECE students by bringing new students together with upper-classmen and ECE faculty/Staff in a mentor-style program.
  • Eta Kappa Nu Beta Chapter (HKN)—is an honors society for members of ECE community. Beta Chapter is at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and also responsible for the ECE Student Lounge in EE24.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—devoted to technical achievements and social events. The IEEE, nationally, is the largest technical organization in the world, with 400,000 members in 160 countries
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Ambassadors (ECEA)—interact with prospective students, alumni, donors and the public.

Endowment income enables the University to attract the most capable and innovative students. It also supports Purdue’s land-grant mission of making higher education available to all who qualify, regardless of background or financial status.

  • Named Undergraduate Scholarship- minimum to establish an endowment: unrestricted-$25,000; need or merit based-$50,000; with restrictions-$100,000
  • Named Graduate- minimum to establish an endowment: $100,000



Endowment income may provide partial support of a professor’s salary and provide funds for graduate assistant salaries, secretarial assistance, course development, essential equipment and scholarly travel.

  • Minimum to establish an endowment: $1.5 million

World-class faculty are at the heart of the Purdue University College of Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Rising Star Professorships are awarded to Assistant or Associate Professors who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and leadership in research, teaching and engagement. These professorships are a form of recognition awarded for a limited term of three years or until the awardee is promoted to Full Professor, whichever is earlier.

  • Named Rising Star Professorship- minimum to establish a termed professorship: $500,000
  • Renovation on Floor #2 in MSEE Room #288 and Lab $750,000
  • Renovation in EE Floor #1 new student faculty lab/collaboration space sate of the art
  • ECE Student advising suite in MSESS 300K

Gives immediate support to most critical areas as determined by school leadership


Faculty bring back distinguished alums to campus twice per year.  They will speak with students and share their Purdue experience/career success. 

  • Minimum to establish an endowment: $1.5 million

We are focused on 21st century impact — leading the way in reshaping the research universe through discovery and innovation.

  • Unrestricted fund minimum amount is $25,000


Purdue University’s ECE program is continuing to grow and expand, both in academic progress as well as in research. This means your impact can go precisely where you believe it would have the most impact. Major gifts to ECE can go towards renovation and construction of facilities, naming opportunities within the School of ECE, and many other areas! For more information on these and other impact points, schedule a meeting today with one of our Directors of Development!

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Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of Regional Advancement
Associate Director of Donor Relations
Senior Director of Development