Strategic Growth

Purdue Engineering developed its 2012-16 Strategic Growth Initiative as a responsible, forward-thinking way to address the national imperative for more engineers and to tackle the world's grand challenges. Our plan is an ambitious blueprint for expanding the College. With it, we aim to contribute more than 5 percent to the national call for graduating 10,000 new engineers a year.

Our overarching objectives are threefold: to have Purdue Engineering graduates effective in the global context; to perform research with global impact; and to empower our students, faculty and staff to perform at their peak ability.

Our goals align with the University's historic Purdue Moves initiatives, which position Purdue as a world leader in STEM disciplines. Indeed, a cornerstone of the Purdue Moves is the expansion of the College of Engineering - an effort that builds on and broadens our earlier plans and accelerates the pace of change.

Now, thanks in large measure to generous support from alums, friends and corporate partners, our grand plans for expansion are taking physical shape. It’s an exciting time, seeing dreams come true. We hope you share our gratitude and our Boilermaker pride.

We are growing to answer the national call for more engineers and to meet the demand posed by the tremendous rise in qualified student applicants to the College of Engineering. And as we grow, we are committed to transforming what we do and how we do it."

The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and
Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering



GOAL: Boost enrollment by 1,500 students - to more than 7,750 undergraduates and 3,500 graduate students - by 2016. This goal represents a five-year enrollment increase of 15 percent and a 10-year increase of over 35 percent.

STATUS: In fall 2015, with undergraduate enrollment at 7,928, we've surpassed our undergraduate expansion goal, a year ahead of schedule. And with 3,191 graduate students enrolled this year, we are well on our way to reaching our graduate student expansion goal. Current enrollment in the College of Engineering is 11,119.

This fall we welcomed 1,923 new beginners - selected from a staggering pool of 17,000 applications. The ideal Purdue Engineering student is not only academically qualified but well-rounded. The College seeks incoming students who have the makings of a Renaissance engineer, someone who just might change the world. To see what we mean, read our story about alumnus Tom Page, whose endowment provides leadership and communication programs for engineering students. (See "Supporting Leadership and Communication")

HIRED IN 2014-15


GOAL: Hire up to 107 additional faculty members for a total of 465 outstanding faculty, a 30 percent increase.

STATUS: At the start of our 2015-16 school year, 38 new faculty have joined us, and seven more will start in spring 2016. All told, this year we have 443 faculty members aboard, meaning we have achieved 80 percent of the increase needed to reach our expansion goal of 465.

We are grateful that donors continue to demonstrate their support for faculty. This year's issue of Imprints contains multiple stories of people helping fund faculty initiatives. A fine example is our story about longtime champion Bill "Shrop" Shropshire, whose unrestricted gift in Materials Engineering allows faculty to perform basic science and engineering research. (See "Success Becomes a Habit")



GOAL: Reimagine core buildings to achieve 50 percent more efficiency and complete the much-needed facilities approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees - to add approximately 105,000 square feet of assignable space.

STATUS: An historic $40 million gift from the Lilly Endowment is enabling us to add more than 85,000 square feet of working space to the College by fall 2017. Our story about the gift describes the new buildings and the ways faculty and students will use them. (See "One Year, One Gift, Big Impact") Also, we are happy to share the story of Dennis and Ellen Clark, who have helped us re-envision the newly reopened Grissom Hall. Grissom Hall is now significantly more efficient than when it was originally constructed in 1906. (See "Renewed Facilities for Industrial Engineering")

Naturally, these new and modernized spaces will attract even more exceptional faculty and students. Purdue's impact on the world will grow, too. Thanks to help from our dedicated supporters, we intend to maintain and expand this world-changing cycle of excellence.