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 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.

Hail Purdue!

Protect Purdue Initiative

In times like these, Boilermakers do not give up. We roll up our sleeves and get to work, always taking the next step. These everyday heroes are out in the world solving the problems brought on by the pandemic—thank you.

If you’re in a position to help, visit to donate to Purdue’s newly launched crowdfunding campaign. Your gift today will enable University leadership to move nimbly in addressing a range of anticipated and unanticipated needs.

Through your generosity, we’ll meet this latest challenge as we protect Purdue.

Charles (BSEE '59) and Arlene Richards give back to boost opportunities

Charles and his wife of 53 years, Arlene, are sharing some of their financial rewards with a gift to benefit the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Minority Engineering Program, Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships, and the President’s Fund.

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).

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.

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!

Contact Us

Sammie Chergo
Chief Development Officer
(765) 494-5387

Ross Haymond
Director of Development
(765) 494-8234

Tammy Maynard
Director of Development
(765) 494-3481

Matthew Merzdorf
Manager of Stewardship and Donor Relations
(765) 494-3441

Brooke Rogers
Administrative Assistant

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