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ENE Headship Named for Kamyar Haghighi

The position of head of the School of Engineering Education has been named for the program's founder, thanks to a $2 million gift from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.

Referring to Dr. Haghighi's role in establishing ENE in 2004, Leah Jamieson, Purdue's John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, said that he "forever changed the face of Purdue engineering. His vision will prepare our students for the sweeping and complex demands of the world of tomorrow and will ensure that scholarship in engineering education becomes an integral part of our culture."

Financial support to create an endowment for the head of engineering education will position Purdue to find a national leader who can enhance existing programs, develop innovative new initiatives, and recruit the best students, faculty and staff, Jamieson said.

A reception honoring Haghighi and celebrating the gift was held March 11 in Armstrong Hall's Kurz Atrium.

For more on the endowment, read here.