School and Department Facts and Figures

Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • 33 faculty, more than 500 undergraduate and 300 graduate students
  • Undergraduate program ranked 4th and graduate program ranked 6th by U.S. News & World Report
  • School was formally founded in 1945 and has granted more than 7,700 degrees including BS in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Air Transportation and Engineering Science as well as MS and PhDs focused on these disciplines
  • Alumni play leadership roles in many aerospace engineering organizations
  • Approximately $10 million external research expenditures annually by faculty acknowledged as experts in Aerodynamics, Aerospace Systems, Astrodynamics and Space Applications, Dynamics and Control, Propulsion, and Structures and Materials

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

  • Consistently ranked in the top 5 by US News—have been #1
  • Program is known for:
    • Small class size—students know how to interact with others
    • Individualized advising and attention by faculty
    • Practical curriculum for industrial careers
    • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Areas of Study include:
    • Machine Systems Engineering
    • Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering
    • Biological & Food Process Engineering
    • Agricultural Systems Management

Chemical Engineering

  • First privately funded engineering building in Purdue history
  • $20M addition completed Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering in 2004
  • 16 faculty additions since 2003
  • 22 corporations are members of industrial advisory council
  • Fall 2012: 485 undergraduate students; 124 graduate students - consistently ranked among top four nationally as a producer of B.S. and PhD degree candidates
  • 26 faculty members; including six members of National Academy of Engineers

Civil Engineering

  • U.S. News & World Report rankings—undergraduate 8th, graduate 7th
  • Among the largest undergraduate programs in the U.S.
  • Over 800 Civil alumni currently serving as presidents, CEOs, or vice–presidents
  • First female engineering graduate—Martha Stevens 1897
  • First black engineering graduate—David Robert Lewis, 1894
  • 50 faculty, 275 graduate and 480 undergraduate students

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Largest faculty (85 members) among all departments/schools at Purdue University, and among the largest in the nation
  • Largest graduate student population at Purdue (155 MS, 494 Phd).  The school attracts more than 2200 applicants to its graduate program annually
  • Highest annual research expenditures (over $31M from external sources) among all schools and departments at Purdue
  • Two undergraduate degree programs (BSEE and BSCmpE), with a total of 850 students
  • Undergraduate program ranked 9th and graduate program ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report
  • Faculty include 28 IEEE Fellows, four members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one NAE Gordon Prize winner, and the former President of the IEEE
  • Birthplace of the EPICS program, the Birck Nanotechnology Center, and ECN
  • The first electronic television was made in ECE
  • Former Head of ECE, Reginald Fessenden, invented radio telephony

Engineering Education

  • Home of the First–Year Engineering Program.
  • Worlds first Department of Engineering Education (2004).
  • Worlds first graduate degree programs in Engineering Education with 28 Ph.D. students in the program.
  • ENE is driving and shaping the national dialogue on engineering education and is leading the establishment of engineering education as a new scholarly discipline.
  • Creation of INSPIRE: Institute for P–12 Engineering Research and Learning.
  • Creating a new undergraduate engineering education program (B.S. ENE) that will produce engineering teachers to teach in K–12.
  • Hiring of 12 new faculty during 2004–06.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering

  • Undergraduate program ranked 12th in the nation this year (2014 U.S. News & World Report).
  • An independent academic unit launched by the College of Engineering in July 2006.
  • Projected enrollment is 120.  By Fall 2013 there were 62 students enrolled and 12 graduates.
  • Takes a systems approach to solving complex environmental and ecological engineering issues.
  • Small academic unit results in close relationship between faculty and students with advantages of being at a top-tier engineering college.
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering major and minor offered to all qualified students.
  • Plans are in place to initiate a graduate program in Fall 2015.
  • EEE Faculty are involved in a first-year engineering student learning community entitled "Engineering for the Planet".
  • The United States Department of Labor predicts 22% growth in environmental engineering jobs over the next decade, leading to the creation of more than 22,000 new jobs in the field of environmental engineering by 2020.

Industrial Engineering

  • Pioneered the Industrial Engineering discipline with Dr. Lillian Gilbreth on the faculty in the 1930's
  • Ranked among the top three IE programs in the United States
  • Outstanding graduates who hold top executive positions in many Fortune 500 companies
  • Positions available for more than ten new faculty members
  • Flexible program with an opportunity to pursue a minor in electrical and mechanical engineering, economics, management, liberal arts, and various branches of science including: mathematics, statistics, and computer science
  • Diverse mix of US and international students

Mechanical Engineering

  • First School of Engineering at Purdue, founded 1882
  • 1600 students, growing to 70 faculty
  • $150M School Capital Campaign for 2000–07
  • Responsible for multiple innovations in education and research
  • Graduated post–WWII–era all–time BSME in 2005–06, 278
  • Graduated all–time high PhDs in 2005–06, 37
  • Alumni include engineering leaders, corporate leaders, astronauts, inventors, and innovators

Materials Engineering

  • One of the smallest student to faculty ratios in Engineering
  • High student involvement in study abroad
  • Industry–based and supported senior project capstone course
  • Students placed in every industry sector
  • Strong communication skills, according to feedback from employers

Nuclear Engineering

  • Leader in nuclear safety research
  • 4th Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Program (US News Rankings)
  • 8th Graduate Nuclear Engineering Program (US News Rankings)
  • Highest per faculty external research funding in CoE
  • Vibrant international collaborations (Japan, France, S. Korea, Argentina, S. Africa, China)
  • Strong undergraduate research program
  • New programs in nuclear medicine, imaging, plasmas, instrumentation, homeland security
  • Leader in global nuclear renaissance
  • In 2008, the School of Nuclear Engineering produced more than 10 percent of all BS and PhD graduates in nuclear engineering nationwide.

Engineering Professional Education

  • Global Provider of Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • Masters Degrees in Aerospace, Electrical & Computer, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering
  • Flexible Interdisciplinary Masters Degrees Customizable for Industry
  • Dual MSE–MBA in partnership with Indiana University
  • Professional Development Short Courses Onsite and Online
  • Same High Quality Degrees and Courses as On–campus
  • Attract and Retain Employees—http://proed.purdue.edu

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

  • First named engineering school in Purdue history
  • $25M Biomedical engineering building completed in 2006
  • Added 20 new faculty members within past 5 years
  • 50+ U.S. patents licensed to partner companies
  • Grad programs joint with Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Online professional Master's degree program launched in 2009
  • Novel undergraduate program now includes international internships