Rising To Meet The Challenge

The generosity of our alumni, donors, friends and corporate partners never ceases to inspire me. Because of you, the College has had another recording-setting year.

Again, we sounded the call through Ever True, the Campaign for Purdue University, and you rallied as never before — helping us raise a record $162 million — the highest annual total in College history.

Your visionary support has enabled the College to name headships in the schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Nuclear Engineering. Such headships promote long-term academic excellence, help secure leadership of the highest caliber — as well as raise our University’s stature.

With a transformational gift, last year marked the creation of the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering and the addition of two named professorships in the school. The generous endowment also will support the recruitment of top-tier faculty, graduate student scholarships and strategic initiatives.

Also in the past year, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering dedicated the new Page Pavilion, and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering received funding to advance the construction of their Innovation Wing. Both facilities are intended to promote collaboration and provide the optimal environment for students, faculty and staff to conduct world-changing research.

Your generosity also made possible the endowment in honor of former dean, Leah H. Jamieson. The directorship of the Women in Engineering Program was named in her honor. Thanks to an investment from the Tellabs Foundation, the Purdue-Tellabs Quantum Photonics Preeminent Team also received its new name. These gifts also demonstrate the advocacy among all our alumni and donors for striving to greater levels of excellence in both research and diversity.

With a University goal of $2.019 billion, and a College goal of $700 million, Ever True is the largest fundraising effort in Purdue history. The campaign, which started in July 2012 and runs through June 2019, ends with the University’s 150th anniversary. I am proud to share that at the conclusion of this past fiscal year, we have raised nearly $575.8 million — or 82.2 percent of the College of Engineering’s campaign goal.

As most of you know, we welcomed our new dean, Dr. Mung Chiang, in July. We are eager to follow his lead toward even greater heights. After what has been an energetic and smooth transition, Dean Chiang is now poised to continue and accelerate the College’s forward momentum.

For those of you planning a gift to our Ever True campaign, please consider our three focus areas: Rising Star assistant professorships, support for graduate students, and high-risk, high-reward research seed funds.

Once more, we are honored and humbled by the support from our alumni and friends. You are giving to the College of Engineering in record numbers. With two years left in the campaign and with roughly 90,000 alumni around the globe, it is a thrilling time to be a part of Purdue Engineering.

Many thanks for all you do to help us achieve excellence at every level.

Alyssa Wilcox
Associate Vice President for Advancement

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Ever True: The Campaign For Purdue University, 2012-2017