120 Small Steps to Engineering Excellence

Happy 120th Anniversary

This is a particularly exciting time for Purdue Engineering. Coming off of a record-breaking year on our journey to the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale, we are about to begin celebrating the 120th anniversary of the College of Engineering.

On Feb. 7, we will launch “120 Small Steps to Engineering Excellence” with a Past Deans’ Panel and Photo Wall Unveil in Armstrong Hall. Please join Dean Mung Chiang and me for a panel discussion with former deans Dick Schwartz, Linda Katehi and Leah Jamieson, as well as an Engineering deans photo wall reveal.

Later in the year, you can look forward to signature events geared to Purdue Engineering Initiatives (PEIs), thought leadership blogs and podcasts, and alumni/partner engagement activities.

Among the highlights: National Robotics Week in April; the Biomedical Engineering Wing celebration in September; the C-BRIC Annual Review, Engineering Dinner and Alumni Awards, 25th anniversary of Space Day, and Homecoming in October; and an Innovation+X event in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Our big birthday offers abundant opportunities to both take pride in our history and continue innovatively shaping the future. For example, 2020 holds the debut of Purdue Engineering Open Bytes™, as well as a concerted effort to build the premier alumni network in the world for our 100,000-and-counting living graduates.

We’ll be achieving these and other milestones as a collaborative community, recognizing that Purdue Engineering is more than the sum of its people. Now in my 40th year at Purdue, I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, and I’m inspired by the alumni and other donor support that makes our progress possible. Let’s work together to make 2020 our best year ever.

Happy 120th and Go Boilers!


Mark S. Lundstrom
Acting Dean of the College of Engineering
Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor
of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

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