This year has been one of growth in size, scope, and service to our students and faculty, our state, and the world. While the College's growth in size may often attract the most attention, our focus is on making that growth contribute to a greater depth and breadth in our impact. We aspire to do more for those seeking an engineering education, those participating in transformative research, and those eager to use engineering to solve the world's problems. Our expansion is enabling us to speed our advancement of higher education and research in engineering for future generations.
Many generous individuals are leaving their imprints on Purdue Engineering — helping us with our ambitious agenda. We wish we could tell all of their stories — your stories — here.
We are thrilled to celebrate the reopening of Grissom Hall with its re-envisioned, highly efficient, modern interior. Among the generous gifts making it possible is that from Dennis and Ellen Clark.
We also are very grateful for the inspiration of alumna Betsy Huntingdon, who bolsters our commitment to gender equity in Purdue Engineering, and in the engineering profession, with her deferred endowment for the Women in Engineering Program. That commitment is particularly evident in this fall's jump of 106 women in our incoming undergraduate class — setting a new record at 549, which represents 29 percent of the incoming class. Overall, women comprise 25 percent of our undergraduates at 2,556.
It is a delight to share the story of Chemical Engineering alums Tom Murphy and Craig Smith, who understand our need to retain passionate early- and mid-career faculty as well as the necessity for recurring support in that endeavor. And we’re ever grateful to loyal supporter Bill "Shrop" Shropshire, a longtime pillar of Purdue Engineering, who has contributed significantly to our research through unrestricted gifts.
We cannot overstate our gratitude to the Lilly Endowment, whose history-making $40 million cash gift to Purdue is enabling our College to complete three strategically critical building projects.
As we embark on the University's "Ever True Campaign," we in Purdue Engineering envision an even sharper focus on student learning and engagement, on faculty research and innovation, and our ongoing vision to be known for our impact on the world.
Leah H. Jamieson
The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering
and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering