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Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine

125 years of excellence
February 04, 2013

Civil Engineering embarked on its road to greatness in September 1887 with 39 students registered. By 1906, the discipline had its own ruddy brick building. Today more than 550 undergraduate students and 420 graduate students specialize in architecture, environment, construction, geotech, geomatics, hydraulics and hydrology, materials, structures and transportation. State-of-the-art facilities include more than 20 research and undergraduate teaching laboratories, two large computer laboratories and classrooms.

In 1887, Civil Engineering's road was paved with lofty intentions that shine as reality in 2012. The school ranks among the nation's top programs, with an undergraduate ranking of 7th and a graduate ranking of 6th as reported by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.

As we celebrate this important anniversary, take a look back at significant events that have shaped the school as compiled by writer Angie Klink and Cindy Lawley, director of external relations.

Body of work
February 04, 2013
Alum achieves unprecedented accolades for her breakthrough work in biomaterials and tissue engineering.
Kristi Anseth
Heritage, engineering combine to brew a unique career
February 04, 2013
Perhaps it was the German genes. Maybe, fatherly advice. Perchance, a desire to go off the beaten track. Whatever the cause, something led chemical engineer Otto Kuhn to a career that, 35 years into it, he still adores — brewmaster.
Engineering ace
February 04, 2013
Former Boilermaker tennis star helps bring lifesaving products to market.
Brooke Beier
Student entrepreneur aims to head off concussions
February 04, 2013
Anne Zakrajsek didn't come to Purdue with becoming a serial entrepreneur foremost in her mind. But she knew she wanted to be more than successful. She also wanted to do things that are "significant," work that somehow makes a difference.

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