Mary Helmick (BSME ’86) has always been fascinated by the way things work, so when it came time to choose a college major, she was drawn to mechanical engineering. The hands-on nature of the discipline appealed to her, and Purdue was a good choice based on its reputation and an environment that supported women in engineering, Helmick recalls.
Having come to Purdue from Glen Ellyn, IL., Wallrodt understands the extra expenses out-of-state-students must bear. So when he decided to fund student scholarships, he insisted they go to students like he once was - an engineering undergraduate from Illinois.
The Hartzell Engineering Scholarship is a renewable scholarship honoring Richard T. Hartzell (BSME '57), who died of cancer in 2006. It is awarded to at least one incoming engineering student who demonstrates excellence in engineering and related fields, shows community leadership, and possesses a broad range of interests.
Quiet, calm, and patient are words that define him, says Newcomb, who counts as his greatest accomplishment the guidance he has given to more than 70 doctoral students. "I let them choose what they want to do, and then I try to help them," he says. "I work with them as closely as I can."
In so many ways, Purdue alumnus Arthur Levin (CE'39) has always kept his eye on the future. His innovative vision is evident in the thousands of buildings he designed over the span of his long distinguished career. If you’ve ever seen a building hanging off the hills in southern California, chances are it is an Arthur Levin design or was inspired by his work. In fact, Levin literally wrote the book on hillside building, design and construction.
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