College-wide Programs

College of Engineering
Engineering Professional Education (EPE)

The Engineering Professional Education program is designed for the engineering professional seeking to expand their credentials without disrupting their career. Taking online graduate courses for a Master of Science degree, certificate or professional development on demand over the Internet enables professional adults to pursue their degree or build their professional skills on their schedule - at home, at work or whatever location best suits their situation. Purdue online distance learning enables professional adults to access the same world-class faculty who teach on campus, and choose from a course list that reflects the breadth and depth of knowledge only a major research university can provide.

The giving opportunities listed below are cornerstone gifts essential to advancing Engineering Professional Education. While we feel it is important to share these funding priorities with you, please understand that each and every contribution is vital to sustaining this very important program. We greatly appreciate your support!

Endowed Directorship for the Executive Director of EPE - $1,000,000

We believe that at the heart of every great institution of higher learning is top-notch instruction by exceptional leaders. Over its long history, Purdue University has been fortunate to boast several prime examples of this philosophy. Purdue has been blessed with outstanding leaders who have been shaping students' lives and careers for more than 130 years. An endowed directorship will help attract, retain, and reward the very best faculty member and leader. The funding from this directorship will allow the Engineering Professional Education program to build on its successes and enrich and advance the ongoing program while ensuring the donor's enduring legacy.

Endowed Directorship for the Academic Director of EPE - $500,000

Our distance faculty, many of them award-winning instructors and researchers, are drawn from a number of engineering departments as well as the science, statistics and mathematics departments. As a major research university, Purdue prides itself on the quality of its faculty and continuously challenges them to take on interdisciplinary pursuits. The Academic Director plays an integral role in these efforts by working with a faculty committee to develop new curricula and to integrate new teaching and learning technologies while encouraging innovative teaching methods.

Engineering Professional Education Curriculum Development - $125,000 annually

These funds will be used to provide opportunities for program development and/or conversion of courses to online environments. This would enhance the existing program by accommodating the needs of learners in locations around the globe who are seeking continuing education through the Division of Engineering Professional Education while remaining active in their current place of employment. By utilizing these funds, faculty from across Engineering will have the resources necessary to ensure the program is meeting the ever-changing needs of the global economy.

Office of Engineering Professional Education Suite - $100,000

The Engineering Professional Education Suite is strategically located in the A.A. Potter Engineering Center on the main Purdue campus. To better serve the needs of our industrial clients, we have plans to renovate our existing space to ensure we are building relationships with prospective students and industrial partners in an environment that is conducive to developing partnerships and trust. Our staff is co-located so that we can accommodate the needs of our students and corporate partners while fostering an environment that encourages brainstorming and strategic planning for new and impactful programs. This area will serve as the focal point for Engineering Professional Education's leadership activities.

Engineering Professional Education Faculty Fellows - $100,000 annually

Faculty fellowships will encourage faculty to become engaged with the university's distance learning programs at Purdue. These fellowships will provide incentives for faculty to commit to additional teaching responsibilities while developing a more diverse population of scholars, ultimately enhancing the quality of the program. The fellowships will also help with recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty interested in distance learning.

The A.A. Potter Engineering Center Lobby - $100,000

In partnership with the Professional Practice Program, the Engineering Professional Education program will utilize the lobby space to highlight the opportunities available through distance learning programs. This lobby is in need of renovation as the current design is more than 30 years old. Conceptual designs are being prepared to include interactive televisions with opportunities that could utilize kiosks to promote the EPE program and share information about courses, samples of streaming lectures, online enrollment deadlines, etc.

Distance Teaching Champions - $50,000 annually

As a way of recognizing and celebrating outstanding scholars who engage learners at a distance and extend the Purdue experience around the globe, the EPE office will identify select faculty each year to be rewarded for their commitment to education. The objective will be to showcase the contributions of the selected faculty and provide them with resources to expand their scholarly efforts and promote the success of their commitment to education.