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Engineering Impact: Summer 2021

Summer 2021

A message from the Dean

by Mung Chiang

Purdue Engineering has achieved the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale earning the #4 position among U.S. schools in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 graduate engineering rankings. This is our highest ranking in 27 years, and we are the largest college to be ever ranked among the nation’s top five. Purdue Engineering has also emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger, more resilient, more innovative, and more prepared than ever to educate students and develop solutions to address the world’s greatest engineering challenges. During the past academic year, our students, faculty and staff mounted an Engineering Rising to the Challenge initiative that leveraged the strengths that make us a premier institution for innovative learning and research at the interface of virtual and the physical engineering.

This issue of ENGINEERING IMPACT showcases stories of how Boilermaker Engineers have developed and commercialized innovations to better detect, diagnose and treat diseases; bolster healthcare and other complex systems; and enrich online and remote learning.

For example, I invite you to read about:

  • Algorithms designed to help identify early signs of infection from biometric smartwatch data.
  • Patented technology to stop tiny errors from crashing public health systems or supply chains.
  • An augmented and virtual reality experience prototype to teach manufacturing workforce skills.

Looking ahead, we are gearing up to welcome the largest-ever incoming class of Purdue Engineers, thanks to the highest yield rate in recent years and following our largest-ever spring commencement and record graduation rates. Highlights for the 2021-2022 academic year include:

  • Continuing construction of the Gateway Complex with Dudley Hall and Lambertus Hall – the largest new academic building on campus, made possible by generous foundation and alumni gifts.
  • Expansion of the Zucrow Aerospace District – including a new facility that will house the world’s fastest hypersonic wind tunnel.
  • The launch of Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem — a first-of-its-kind university-industry-government consortium, with TSMC, Synopsis, and the U.S. Department of Defense as partners.

With the recent announcement of strategic initiatives in Purdue’s Next Moves, Purdue is ready for the opportunities arising from the post-pandemic demand for innovative learning and the major investment in critical technologies by government and the private sector.

Mung Chiang
Mung Chiang
Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering
Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Purdue University