Industrial Advisory Council Takes On Six Strategic Areas

Faculty, staff, and students rely on the partnership, advice, and input of the Purdue Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council (IAC)—the former New Directions Committee.

IAC was founded in 1988 by senior executives from major chemical companies to ensure that Purdue ChE remains a premier source of highly qualified chemical engineers who can meet industry needs. IAC members also have provided crucial financial support that has brought key curriculum innovations, enhancement for experimental facilities and instructional computing facilities, and startup support for young faculty members.

During October 2008, on-campus IAC meetings explored curriculum issues in ChE and ABET accreditation as well as research, global engineering, building renovation, and development. Members also expanded their involvement with ChE by joining these subcommittees:

  • Undergraduate Recruiting, whose goal is to improve the quality and diversity of the undergraduate student population in chemical engineering.
  • Undergraduate Curriculum, which will continuously evaluate and improve the content and delivery of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Global Programs, to best prepare chemical engineering students for global careers.
  • Research Collaboration, to facilitate research partnerships among IAC member companies and the school.
  • Development, to support the fundraising efforts by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and fostering relationships with school alumni and friends.
  • Marketing and Communications, to continuously improve the quality, reach, and impact of marketing and communications for the school.


During their time on campus, IAC members visited the newly created Fundamentals Laboratory on the ground floor of Forney Hall (pictured) and talked with faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Corporations represented in the IAC are 3M, Abbott Laboratories, Air Liquide, Air Products, Anheuser-Busch, BP, Chevron Phillips, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Lubrizol, LyondellBasell, National Starch & Chemical Co., Pfizer Global, Procter & Gamble, Shell, and UOP.