Dean's Message

I am pleased to welcome you to Imprints, our annual report on the progress you have helped make possible for the College of Engineering.

Each of my 10 years as dean has been unique, except that they've all raced by. As I look back at 2015-16, I also look forward to my 11th year, which will be my last as dean. Next summer, when I return to the faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, I will follow a path created in 2014 when the Purdue Board of Trustees approved an extension of my appointment as dean to June 30, 2017. My planned transition will coincide with the end of the College's five-year expansion that began in 2012.

We have marked record-breaking milestones in our expansion, all while prioritizing transformation in our growth. We have modernized our spaces on campus as our undergraduate enrollment rose by 19 percent, from 7,321 students in 2011 to 8,705 in 2016. During the same period, the number of graduate students increased by 22 percent — from 2,831 to 3,463. Supporting all our students are 98 additional outstanding tenured and tenure-track faculty members — a 27 percent increase since 2011 that brings our total faculty to 456.

What we have accomplished in the past 12 months, as always, is largely because of you. Here in Imprints, we are pleased to relate some of your stories. Several are about gifts that improve facilities, such as the modernization of a classroom in the Mechanical Engineering Building and the creation of interdisciplinary research space in the newly renovated Grissom Hall.

We have marked record-breaking milestones in our expansion, all while prioritizing transformation in our growth.”


We also share stories from donors who enable us to recruit and reward our outstanding faculty — in the form of named professorships and matching gifts.

We also are grateful for supporters who pledge unrestricted support. Their generosity gives school heads the freedom to make investments in unanticipated but strategic initiatives.

Other stories illustrate the diverse individuals and institutions whose gifts directly help students in the form of scholarships and educational programs. Such gifts truly change the world.

Lastly, I am honored that we may relate the story of Chuck and Nancy Davidson, who have pledged $20 million to name the School of Chemical Engineering. Their gift ensures the school's financial health for many years to come and is an extraordinary gesture of philanthropy.

I hope you will be grateful, as I am, for these generous individuals and for the many others included in the 2016 edition of Imprints.

For me, it has been a tremendous honor to serve as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Purdue's College of Engineering. As dean, I have seen remarkable, life-changing achievements of faculty, staff, students, enabled by you — our alumni, alumnae, and friends. I am more grateful than words can express for the past 10 years, and I remain as eager as ever to continue marking milestones in our transformational growth during the year to come.

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