Giving to Purdue ENE

Help ENE transform the learning experience of our engineering students and foster the dynamic growth of engineering education as an academic discipline. Choose to support student scholarships and fellowships, faculty recruitment/retention, and/or educational and research opportunities in First-Year Engineering (FYE), the Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDES) undergraduate programs, or the ENE Graduate Programs.

To tailor your gift to make the greatest impact, contact Purdue for Life's Jeff Anderson who can help you make a planned gift or create a named endowment for a program, professorship or scholarship/fellowship fund. For partnership/sponsorship opportunities, please visit ENE Corporate Engagement.

Specific Giving Opportunities

  • ENE Student Support
    • IDES/MDE Scholarships for Excellence in Professional Engineering Practice
    • ENE Graduate Student Explorer Fellowships, which introduce students to research and scholarship through practical, hands-on projects while helping fund their first semester of graduate study
    • ENE Graduate Student Dissertation Research Fund, which alleviates the financial burden on doctoral students as they carry out dissertation research projects
    • INSPIRE Institute for Pre-College Engineering UPRISE Scholars Program, which provides research opportunities for a diverse population of undergraduate students
  • ENE First-Year Engineering Innovation Fund—integrates the latest technologies/tools into FYE classrooms
  • ENE Rising Star Faculty Fund—recruits and retains top early- and mid-career faculty scholars
  • ENE Graduate Programs Online Expansion—offers the MSENE degree of study globally to meet the demand from professionals seeking to understand evidence-based practices underpinning high-quality STEM education


Examples of Purdue ENE Scholarships and Endowments

Crowley Family Professor of Engineering Education—A named professorship instrumental in helping Dr. Audeen Fentiman prepare and deliver online versions of graduate Engineering Education courses and to expand the reach of ENE's online master's degree, making it available to learners who—due to work, family, or other obligations—cannot move to West Lafayette. The Crowley Family's gift is increasing Purdue’s impact on how engineering is taught around the world. 

Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education—A named professorship that has allowed Professor Emeritus Michael Loui and now Dr. Matt Ohland to fund important activities not covered by Purdue and/or funding organizations, including on-site attendance at National Science Foundation grant-collaborator planning meetings; financial gaps for grad students; and temporary operational expenses for large-scale, collaborative research projects led by Dr. Ohland.

Stephen W. Pater Fund for Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone—An ongoing gift from Purdue alumnus Stephen W. Pater ('65, Aeronautics and Astronautics) that supports classroom-related efforts for instructing and magnifying the impact of the MDE Capstone Design experience, including prototyping costs and company visits to meet with experts.

Donald A. Loren Scholarship for Multidisciplinary Engineering—A scholarship funded by Jeffery and Wendy Loren in memory of father Donald Loren ('48, Mechcanical Engineering) that provides two $800 awards annually to IDES/MDE undergrad students based upon student team-building experience essays.  

Paul Birkhimer Endowment Fund for Academic Advising—An endowment created by faculty, staff, and students in memory of Paul Birkhimer, an FYE academic advisor who had a passion for guiding young people along their path of self-discovery as well as personal and professional development. Income and interest from the endowment supports professional opportunities for FYE academic advisors to ensure they have the latest tools and resources related to important topics like how to support and advise underrepresented students, student retention, and trends in student behavior. 

David F. and Vicki H. Radcliffe Endowment Fund for Leadership in the School of Engineering Education—An endowment created by members of the engineering education community to honor former ENE Head David Radcliffe, now retired. Income and interest from the endowment are used to support leadership and professional development ENE faculty and staff. 

Updated: February 7, 2024