Purdue University created the School of Engineering Education (ENE), the world's first such academic unit, in 2004, incorporating First-Year Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering/Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and, in 2005, launching a doctoral program.
Below, milestones in the life of the School of Engineering Education, in the context of Purdue's longstanding advances in educational innovation.
|1953||The Department of Freshman Engineering, the first program of its kind in the country, is established to prepare entering Purdue engineering students for their discipline of choice.|
|1958||The Department of Freshman Engineering creates Purdue's first honors program, for academically advanced engineering students.|
|1969||The nation's first Women in Engineering Program is founded in the Department of Freshman Engineering.|
|1969||The Interdisciplinary Engineering Program is created.|
|1974||The Minority Engineering Program is founded in the Department of Freshman Engineering.|
|1975||The National Society of Black Engineers is founded at Purdue.|
|2004||The School of Engineering Education is established, the first of its kind in the nation. The school brings together the First-Year Engineering Program (formerly the Department of Freshman Engineering), Multidisciplinary Engineering/Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (formerly Interdisciplinary Engineering), and a new graduate program in engineering education.|
|2006-09||ENE faculty leads in ASEE's Year of Dialogue (2006-07), in the 2006 National Engineering Education Research Colloquies, in the 2008 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, and in the 2009 NSF-sponsored symposium "Creating Engineering Education Opportunities: Why and How"?, making fundamental and comprehensive contributions ot the development of the national rsearch agenda and its advancement.|
|2006||The first PhD is granted in the field of engineering education.|
|2006||INSPIRE (Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning) is founded in the School of Engineering Education.|
|2008||The Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory opens, engaging first-year students in the engineering design process.|
|2009||The Kamyar Haghighi Headship of Engineering Education is endowed.|
|2010||The Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education is endowed.|
|2012||The Crowley Family Professorship in Engineering Education is endowed.|