Handing It Off to the Next Generation

Grateful couple seeks to ensure Purdue Civil Engineering stays vibrant for future generations.

Jim and Carol Cure look at the world through a wide-angle lens. They pay close attention to where their help is most needed, now and into the future. They have given selflessly of their time and resources to Purdue and faith-based causes.

“For the last several years, we’ve been talking about the kind of gifting we wanted to do,” says Jim (BSCE ’75), president emeritus of Advanced Technology Group in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Carol sums up the couple’s attitude toward giving: “We have an overall philosophy that none of us owns anything. Everything is on loan, and we hand it off to the next generation.”

“We’ve been extraordinarily blessed,” Jim says. “I feel that we wouldn’t have what we have if I hadn’t gotten my education at Purdue. It’s opened so many doors for me.”

A Boilermaker Story

A Martinsville, Indiana, native, Jim came from a family of Boilermakers. Four of his siblings are Purdue grads, and his father, William Cure (BSEE ’39), was a Purdue engineer.

Jim started at Purdue in 1965 but deferred his industrial design education to join the U.S. Navy in early 1968. After four years as a communications technician, he returned to Purdue. A leader on campus, he was president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He graduated in 1975 with his civil engineering degree, focused on construction management.

He then began a rewarding career, working first for BMW Constructors in Indianapolis before becoming a contract manager for Hoffman Construction in Portland, Oregon. He subsequently joined the Fullman Mechanical Co., which specialized in high-purity piping systems for the semiconductor industry. Jim rose to vice president of the Advanced Technology Division during his 16-year tenure there and was active on several semiconductor standards committees.

In 2007, he retired after seven years as president of Advanced Technology Group, a provider of specialized architectural and mechanical services, based in Hillsboro, Oregon. Currently he is a partner of Curetech LLC, a construction consulting firm in Beaverton, Oregon.

The Cures have contributed $2 million that will benefit the College of Engineering and students in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. It will fund both the Cure Engineering Foundation Professorship in Civil Engineering and the Civil Engineering Advisory Council Scholarship.

Rewarding and Retaining CE Faculty

“I had great professors,” Jim says. “It’s so fundamental that we have great professors, and it’s important for Purdue to retain its standard of excellence to attract great students.”

Among those most grateful for the Cures’ gift is Rao “G.S.” Govindaraju, the Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering.

“An important tenet of our school’s strategic plan is to recruit and retain high-performing faculty who interact with students in areas of discovery, learning and engagement to create leaders of tomorrow,” Govindaraju says. “Our goal is to have 15 named professorships in the school by 2019. The Cures’ gift directly affects our efforts to amplify our impact on society.”

Scholarship with a Legacy

The scholarship, which could have been named for the Cures, is instead named for the school’s Advisory Council. Jim says: “Ten years from now, whoever receives it will understand its meaning. Also, we want to incentivize other Advisory Council members to support the scholarship effort. We want the scholarship to go to potential leaders in the industry — the cream of the crop. We want them to come to Purdue and maintain its high standing.”

Govindaraju echoes the Cures’ sentiment. “The Cures clearly have a passion for the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and for enhancing the learning experience of students.”

In acknowledging the Cures’ gift, which was pledged on Purdue’s second annual Day of Giving, Purdue President Mitch Daniels thanked the Cures: “Your generosity will not only provide meaningful resources to a world-class innovator and educator, but will also serve as an endorsement of transformative education for which Purdue is well-known and highly regarded.”

To support the Advisory Council Scholarship or other initiatives in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, contact Don Fry, senior director of development, at 765-494-2236Call 765-494-2236 or DRFry@prf.org.