EEE Strategic Plan

Overview

The current EEE Strategic Plan was created in the spring of 2010 as a guiding document, to help EEE Faculty and Administration with the initial start-up and development of the new academic unit. It is a relatively short-term strategic plan, focusing on the details of operations and structures that need to be created to ensure long-term success of the Division. EEE plans to create a follow-up five-year plan in 2012.

Preamble

The Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) was formed by the College of Engineering (CoE) at Purdue University in 2006. EEE was created to serve as a focal point for learning, discovery, and engagement related to environmental issues and ecological-engineering system interaction. EEE faculty are committed to establishing undergraduate and graduate curricula, promoting research collaborations in emerging relevant research areas, supporting interdisciplinary approaches to engineering and environmental challenges, and assuming ever-greater levels of leadership in environmental issues.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering is inherently interdisciplinary within engineering: all faculty members associated with EEE also hold appointments in one or more of the Schools of Engineering, and EEE seeks to contribute to knowledge and action related to the environmental and ecological impact of all fields of engineering. The administrative structure of Divisions within CoE mandates a collegial and mutually beneficial interaction with the Schools of Engineering. Throughout this plan and the work that members of the Division will do, EEE will seek to partner with all disciplines of engineering on issues related to ecology and the environment.

While EEE is relatively new as an administrative unit, the work of EEE is not new at Purdue. The faculty of EEE therefore seek to build on the rich tradition of environmental engineering across disciplines at Purdue, adding to work in the fields of pollution control and abatement, water and wastewater treatment, and natural resource  modeling and management. Purdue EEE also seeks to be forward-looking in designing engineering solutions for the environment, to stress the importance of sustainable engineering practices, and to expand the work of traditional environmental engineering “upstream” into the initial design process, so as to prevent impending environmental issues and create systems where the engineering sphere and the natural sphere work in harmony. We have a strong belief that all engineering projects and systems have an impact on and interaction with the environment, ecology, and the natural world, and therefore the reach of EEE will stretch to partnerships with all disciplines of engineering, and all people of Purdue.

As an academic unit, EEE is currently in “launch phase”; it is important to note that this strategic plan has been constructed in that context, and it represents a launch-phase document. The plan has been designed for a shorter term (two years) than is typical, and extra emphasis has been placed on “foundation” items – those actions, strategies, and tactics that will develop the resources, traditions, and structures that will then allow EEE to build long-term excellent and sustainable programs. Many of the specific goals and metrics included in this plan reflect this building mode, but a few longer-term goals are also included, though with less detail, to ensure EEE builds an appropriate foundation. Most specific strategies, tasks, and metrics listed in this plan should be completed by August 2012, when the Division will revise the plan and establish new detailed goals for the longer term steady state.

Vision

Purdue Environmental and Ecological Engineering will be internationally recognized for its innovative education, discovery, and engagement activities related to the interaction of engineered systems with environmental and ecological systems.

Mission

The Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) furthers the learning, discovery, and engagement missions of the Purdue College of Engineering with a focus on understanding the ways in which all engineering activities affect and are affected by the environment. EEE will help the College fulfill the responsibility of service to the state, the nation, and the world through innovative and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education, collaborative and wide-reaching research and discovery, and the assumption of ever-greater levels of leadership in addressing global environmental and ecological problems.

Goals

EEE establishes the following four goals for the Division “launch period” (2010-2012) and beyond. Each of the goals has several associated strategies and tasks, some of them short-term and some long-term. Each goal below links to a table of strategies, tasks/tactics, and metrics/targets.

  1. Fully prepare engineering students to take leadership roles in addressing the global environmental and ecological challenges of engineering.
  2. Create a vibrant and innovative community of scholars — faculty, staff, and students — who will produce significant and high-impact discoveries, serving a wide range of stakeholders
  3. Expand the reach of EEE through outreach and engagement beyond the College of Engineering and beyond Purdue University
  4. Establish robust systems and administrative structures to support the EEE mission of learning, discovery, and engagement