We prepare tomorrow's engineers by conducting fundamental research on how engineering is best taught, learned and practiced with over 100 PhD graduates in a wide range of career paths.

Graduate Program Open House

Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, informally known as ENE, created the world’s first engineering education doctoral program in 2004. Our program is about conducting fundamental research on engineering learning and bridging research and practice.

Purdue ENE has attracted students who wish to pursue high quality research into how engineering is best taught, learned and practiced. A PhD in engineering education has opened doors for our alumni to a range of career opportunities, from academia to nonprofit work to industry.

Nearly two decades later, the impact of the program can be found embedded in the many new departments, schools, and programs at peer institutions across the nation, all dedicated to furthering the advancement of engineering education research. They are led and supported by our alumni serving as faculty, many of whom have earned tenure promotions, prestigious teaching and publication awards, and research grants. Celebratory examples can be found on our school’s LinkedIn page.

Above all else, we are proud of the supportive, close-knit community that our alumni have built on a strong foundation that carries with them throughout their career.

Take the first step.

You are invited to attend our two-day event on October 27-28, 2022 that brings together individuals from all walks of life: current undergrad and masters students from many disciplines and professional engineers ready to make a change in their career. All are welcome! For those who cannot travel to campus, we are offering online participation for portions of the event on October 27, 2022.

Note that registration for the 2022 Fall Open House is now closed. Please email Loretta McKinniss for questions. 


  • Presenting details about our PhD in Engineering Education and available funding (online option)
  • Meeting one-on-one with our faculty (online option)
  • Attending our weekly research seminar (online option)
  • Networking with our faculty and current PhD students
  • Learning more about our research through lab group presentations

Careers and Alumni Profiles

Our number one question after learning more about the program is "what can I do with my PhD when I am done?" Hear from a selection of our alumni and what they are up to now!

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Last Updated: October 14, 2022