Purdue Engineering | Annual Report 2010

Young woman setting up her robot for competition
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” That phrase from Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation” of India, is apt for the College of Engineering’s 2009–14 strategic plan, “Extraordinary People, Global Impact.”
Kamyar Haghighi
The Purdue University engineering education program was founded with the goal of transforming how engineers are educated.
Educational Outreach
The Partnership for Competitive Advantage (PCA), an affiliates program established by the Division of Engineering Professional Education, is designed to increase the competitive advantage of companies in Indiana and around the globe through education.
Lasting Tribute
Over his 52-year career in the School of Industrial Engineering, Professor James Barany has received numerous awards and accolades in teaching, research and student advising.
Having retired in May 2010, he considers the establishment of the James W. Barany Endowed Scholarship in Industrial Engineering as one of the most rewarding aspects of his professional career.
Turning Ideas Into Innovation
Thanks to the generosity of a multi-generational Purdue family, students in the School of Civil Engineering will be among the University’s first to experience the integration of the traditional classroom experience with hands-on learning and computer simulation.
Reaching Out To Students
With a significant financial gift from a long-time corporate supporter, Purdue’s innovative EPICS program soon will be extending its reach into Chicago-area high schools — exposing a new generation of students to engineering while providing affordable solutions to problems in local communities.
Pay It Forward
Nearly two decades ago, Richard “Jeff” and Elaine Eldridge Kasler called their family together to discuss plans to form a charitable foundation. Sadly, Jeff Kasler passed away just a week after that conversation, but his family quickly followed through on his wishes — to the benefit of dozens of students in Purdue’s Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program.
Family Ties
Scholarships provide an important and appreciated financial boost to students. There are cases, however, where the value of the scholarships runs substantially deeper.
Challenge Match
The College of Engineering is committed to recruiting and attracting the best and brightest students from around the world, and one of the best ways to do that is through scholarships. There are many types of scholarships available to Purdue students, and a new $1 million challenge match is devoted to increasing merit-based scholarships, allowing Purdue to attract exceptional students with high academic potential to the College of Engineering. The challenge match is currently in progress and will remain available through June 30, 2011.
Giving Back
Steve Swanson is giving back so somebody else can benefit from a Purdue education as much as he did. Swanson is supporting a professorship in chemical engineering with a generous gift.
A Gift From The Heart
Although she has a long history of supporting Purdue University, Tamara Morse wanted to go further in commemorating the memory of her father, Frederick B. Morse.
Honoring A Mentor
It is said there is no substitute for experience, and practical experience is exactly what brothers Stephen (right) and David Grubbs seek to provide undergraduate students in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering through the David S. Grubbs Undergraduate Research Award.
Making Impact
On any given football Saturday, after a Purdue game, Irene Binash’s parents would call her and cheer, “Purdue’s No. 1!” into the phone. Due to her parents’ enthusiasm for Purdue sports and support during her undergraduate years, Irene and her husband were inspired to establish an endowment in their honor.
Welcome Home
Harnessing the power of more than 80,000 Purdue engineering alumni and using that power to benefit other alumni, students, partners, faculty and staff could be a difficult problem.
Impressive Credentials
“This group of Purdue engineers represents an extraordinary array of achievements and leadership,” said Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “Utilizing their Purdue educations to the fullest, these talented individuals continue to have a measurable and substantial influence on the world around them.

“Purdue’s College of Engineering has more than 80,000 living alumni. This class embodies the college’s vision of extraordinary people known for their impact on the world.”
The College of Engineering’s success is due, in large part, to the generous financial support you have provided. This past year, alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations generously contributed almost $70 million to the College of Engineering. I would like to express my most profound thanks to you in appreciation of the support you have given to Purdue’s College of Engineering.