Engineering Education Academics

In a period of rapid change, to adapt is too dangerous because it means you are always running behind. You have to find a way of getting ahead...call it a vision, call it a mission, it's basically taking responsibility for shaping events.

—Peter Drucker

The First-Year Engineering Program is the gateway for all beginning engineering students at Purdue. A student-oriented, service program, it was the first of its kind in the country and has been operating for over 50 years to recruit, advise, teach, and support Purdue engineering first-year students. Faculty and advising staff help students make the transition from high school to college, guide them in choosing an engineering discipline, and ground them in the engineering fundamentals.

Our undergraduate program is for students whose interests and abilities lie at the interface of engineering disciplines or for those who are interested in bringing together multiple engineering disciplines for complex problem solving. The new undergraduate Engineering Education Program, currently under development, will produce certified engineering teachers.

In 2005, we became the first department in the world to offer graduate programs in engineering education for students interested in studying the art and science of learning engineering. These pioneering programs are a platform for engineering education discovery, scholarship, and academic reform.