Purdue Engineering | Annual Report 2011

John Held
John Held was halfway through his BS in mechanical engineering at Purdue when he decided that he was not cut out for a career as an engineer.
Chuck Davidson
A $30 million capital campaign entitled “Champions of Excellence” is fortifying the School of Chemical Engineering’s position as the premier source of well-educated, well-prepared chemical engineers by providing students with innovative classroom and laboratory technologies and fostering an environment conducive to inspiring cutting-edge research.
Seng-Liang Wang Hall
What do you do when your capabilities exceed your facilities? This was the dilemma facing students and faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Lana Murphy Couch
Lana Murphy Couch was a trailblazer. When she graduated from Purdue in 1963, she was one of only two women in her class in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics to receive a diploma. Over the next 40 years, she held high-ranking positions at NASA, where she worked on the development of hypersonic technology programs.
Warren Sedlacek
You don’t have to talk to Warren Sedlacek long to hear him refer to “fortunate circumstances,” and if the topic is his life, the term comes up again and again. Certainly the man has worked hard, but he seems bemused about his success and the happy turns his life has taken so far.
Will and Terry Snodgrass
1982. The U.S. economy was experiencing a steep recession, and Will Snodgrass was about to pick up his B.S. in mechanical engineering. Would this member of the Engineering Student Council and early leader of the Industrial Roundtable job fair be able to snag employment during this scary economic time?
Elmer F. Kern Jr. and his sister, Ruth Kern
Elmer F. Kern Jr. earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and then he went to war and never returned.
Fred Fehsenfeld
Fred Fehsenfeld enrolled at Purdue early and left early, but has since ensured that he will be a part of the University for a long time to come.
Richard and Joan Houser
Richard E. Houser is known as the “father of the cruise missile,” but to hear him tell it, he was simply part of a team.
A $2.9 million software licensing agreement between Purdue University and CyberMetrix is a boon for the School of Mechanical Engineering students and faculty. This initiative promises to provide both educational and research benefits for years to come.
Gary and Susie Dernlan
It has been a while since valves and pistons littered Gary and Susie Dernlan’s apartment floor — a good long time since Gary rebuilt engines in the living room. He had degree in hand at the time, a BS in construction engineering and management from Purdue, and he had a solid job in utility construction at Hall Contracting Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. But he also had a hunger.
Courtney Fate
Courtney Fate was a senior at Purdue University and was well on her way to graduating with an industrial engineering degree when doctors diagnosed her with a rare and aggressive form of colon cancer. Though her prognosis was not favorable, she never wavered in her desire to meet head-on the personal goals she had set out to achieve. Her family and friends swelled with pride as she received her diploma in May 2009. Though she died January 30, 2010, it is hoped that her spirit will live on through the Courtney Fate Engineering Scholarship established by her family (grandparents Fred and Janice Wendt) and friends (Eric Hammond, Matthew Dudeck, Nicole Moorhead and Judith Hollis).
Geoffrey Crowley
New innovations and pressing issues, such as economic development, poverty, health care and energy, are affecting the present and future roles of engineers. To meet these needs, Purdue hopes to transform the education experience of engineering students by shifting to a more active, collaborative and learner-centered approach to instruction.
Purdue Engineering Student Council
Go to college. Graduate. Make good. Give back. That’s the usual order of things, but the Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC) skipped a couple of steps, and the result is something unique almost anywhere and a first for Purdue.
DEA Recipients
Each year, the College of Engineering recognizes distinguished alumni for their exceptional achievements, contributions and influence. Purdue has more than 81,000 living alumni and the distinction of Distinguished Engineering Alumni has been bestowed upon 482 of these outstanding individuals.
Amy Noah
Since its founding in 1874, Purdue’s College of Engineering has seen growth through even the most difficult of times. Despite the current wave of economic challenges across the nation and within our University, it is my honor to report on another year of remarkable generosity. That generosity supports Purdue Engineering’s worldwide role of developing and applying difference-making ideas.
Gifts and pledges from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations totaled $95,388,622.