Programs & Dedications
The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Dec. 2, 2022, approved naming the Minority Engineering Program within the College of Engineering for Don and Liz Thompson.
Don and Liz both graduated from Purdue with degrees in electrical engineering (in 1984 and 1985, respectively), and were active in the Minority Engineering Program as students. In 2018, the couple established a $1 million endowment for the College of Engineering in support of the program. Don Thompson served as a Purdue trustee from 2009-22 and led the university’s Equity Task Force.
Purdue University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 9 to celebrate the naming of the Electrical Engineering Building on campus as the Max W & Maileen Brown Family Hall (BHEE). The naming is in recognition of a generous gift from Max W and Maileen Brown, and their children Max G and Ash. Max W Brown is a 1970 Purdue graduate in electrical engineering. Max G and Ash also received degrees from Purdue.
Purdue University’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering celebrated the completion of new, cutting-edge research space on Sept. 29. The Chiminski Family Collaborative Research Hub is located on the second floor of the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building (MSEE). It was made possible by a generous gift from alumnus John R. Chiminski (MSEE ’87) and his wife Laura A. Chiminski.