School and Department Facts and Figures

Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • 37 faculty, around 600 undergraduate and 400 graduate students
  • Undergraduate program ranked 5th and graduate program ranked 5th 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
  • Has graduated the most aerospace engineering degrees in the U.S. over the past ten years, and awarded 6% of all BS and 7% of all PhD during the past 40 years
  • 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 for the past eight consecutive years
  • 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 Engineering
    • Food Process Engineering
    • Agricultural Systems Management

Chemical Engineering

  • First privately funded engineering building in Purdue history
  • Undergraduate ranked 13th, graduate ranked 15th by the U.S. News & World Report
  • $20M addition completed Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering in 2004
  • 20 corporations are members of industrial advisory council
  • Fall 2015: 566 undergraduate students; 151 graduate students - consistently ranked among top four nationally as a producer of B.S. and PhD degree candidates
  • 35 faculty members; including six members of National Academy of Engineers

Civil Engineering

  • Undergraduate and Graduate programs ranked 6th by the U.S. News & World Report
  • U.S. News & World Report rankings—undergraduate and graduate
  • Among the largest undergraduate civil engineering programs in the U.S.- confirmed
  • Over 1,400 Civil alumni currently serving in C-suite positions
  • First female engineering graduate from Purdue—Martha Stevens 1897
  • First black engineering graduate from Purdue—David Robert Lewis, 1894
  • 63 faculty, 341 graduate and 505 undergraduate students in 2017-18

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Largest faculty (99 members) among all departments/schools at Purdue University, and among the largest in the nation
  • Largest graduate student population at Purdue (258 MS, 484 Phd).  The school attracts more than 2200 applicants to its graduate program annually
  • Highest annual research expenditures (over $33M from external sources) among all schools and departments at Purdue
  • Two undergraduate degree programs (BSEE and BSCmpE), with a total of 1102 students
  • The Electrical Engineering programs are ranked 8th  for Undergraduate and 9th  for Graduate by U.S. News & World Report
  • The Computer Engineering programs are ranked 12th for Undergraduate and 9th for Graduate, according to the U.S. News & World Report
  • Faculty include 35 IEEE Fellows, five 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

  • Transforming Engineering Education based on Educational Scholarship and Research
  • National and global leader in shaping engineering education as a scholarly discipline
  • Home of the First-Year Engineering Program (since 1953)
  • Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory (2008), team-based, experiential learning and first IMPACT style classroom at Purdue
  • World's first School of Engineering Education (2004)
  • Graduate and Undergraduate programs are ranked 9th in the U.S. News & World Report
  • Multidisciplinary Engineering and in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies; an incubator for new engineering programs and customized plans for study for individual students (since 1969)
  • World's first graduate degree program in Engineering Education (2005); 59 PhDs plus 5 Master graduates in first decade
  • INSPIRE: a research-based Institute for Pre-College Engineering (2006)
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education (2015)

Environmental and Ecological Engineering

  • An independent academic unit launched by the College of Engineering in July 2006.
  • Takes a systems approach to solving complex environmental and ecological engineering issues.
  • Undergraduate program ranked 12th and graduate program ranked 18th in the nation this year (2019 U.S. News & World Report).
  • Fall 2018 enrollment was 138 undergraduate students and 46 graduate students.
  • Small academic unit results in close relationship between faculty and students with advantages of being in a top-tier engineering college.
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering major and minor offered to all qualified students.
  • Offers MS (thesis, non-thesis, and professional masters) and PhD degrees.
  • Combined degree program allows students to receive a BS degree, and with one additional year of study, a non-thesis Master of Science in Environmental and Ecological Engineering (MSEEE) degree. This is accomplished by dual-counting 9 appropriate course credits at the 500 level on the Purdue BS and MSEEE Plans-of-Study. Collaborating BS programs are: Environmental and Ecological Engineering (BSEEE), Agricultural Engineering (BSAE), Biological Engineering (BSBE), Chemical Engineering (BSChE), Civil Engineering (BSCE), Industrial Management (BSIM), Materials Engineering (BSMSE), or Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES).
  • 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

  • Undergraduate program ranked 3rd, graduate ranked 9th
  • 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

  • Undergraduate program ranked 7th, graduate ranked 8th by the U.S. News & World Report
  • First School of Engineering at Purdue, founded 1882
  • 1800 students, growing to 74 faculty
  • $128M 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 2012 and 2013, 44
  • Graduated all-time high BSME 2014-15, 424
  • Alumni include engineering leaders, corporate leaders, astronauts, inventors, and innovators

Materials Engineering

  • Undergraduate ranked 11th, graduate ranked 15th
  • 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 reactor thermal hydraulics, plasma/materials interactions/nuclear fusion engineering
  • Recognized as a key participant in Nuclear Engineering University Programs, plasma/material interaction focal point for U.S. and world fusion reaction design (ITER), significant contributor to National Nuclear and Homeland Security, important partner to key high-end industrial companies, and may others. 
  • 10th Graduate Nuclear Engineering Program (US News Rankings)
  • Among highest per faculty external research funding in CoE
  • Vibrant international collaborations (Japan, Germany, Ireland, Russia, France, S. Korea, Argentina, China)
  • Strong undergraduate research program
  • New programs in nuclear medicine, imaging, plasmas, instrumentation, homeland security, Biomedical applications of pulsed power and plasmas
  • Leader in global nuclear renaissance
  • The School of Nuclear Engineering produces on average about 10 percent of all dedicated BS and PhD graduates in nuclear engineering nationwide.

Engineering Professional Education

  • Top-Ranking Global Provider of Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • Same High Quality Degrees and Courses as On-campus
  • 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 Online (LSS and Project Management Courses)
  • Among the Largest Online Course Selections,

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

  • $10M endowment from Weldon family created first named engineering school at Purdue
  • $25M 91,000 gsf Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering; $14M, 34,000 gsf Innovation Wing under development
  • 30 core faculty members; 13 hired in past 3 years
  • 100+ U.S. patents, over half licensed to company partners
  • Undergraduate program ranked 18th, graduate ranked 22nd by the U.S. News & World Report
  • 25 companies started; $30M+ venture capital raised
  • NIH MSTP and diabetes technologies training grant with with Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Extensive industrial and global partnerships for experiential learning and employment
  • Novel distance-learning and professional master's programs