IE Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Engage with the Purdue School of Industrial Engineering! There are many opportunities for you to support the School, students, and faculty. If you have ideas, we would enjoy discussing them. 

Our alumni partnerships are vital to attracting the best faculty and the best students. With your help, Purdue IE will continue to ReThink IE - to continue to define the field of industrial engineering. 

Your financial support of these gift opportunities help the school continue to "ReThink IE". Each gift makes a difference! 

Alumni volunteers make indellible impressions on our students. Consider giving your time by visiting us at Grissom Hall or a mentoring an IE student.

Join our mission to make Purdue the worldwide leader in IE. We welcome every opportunity to talk with our alumni and friends about how you can get involved.  The next time you visit campus, let us show you the renovated Grissom Hall and see the progress of the Gateway Building construction.

Please reach out anytime.

Hail Purdue!

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Philip Thornton

Chief Development Officer


Philip joined the IE team in July of 2019. Prior to Purdue, Philip served as Chief Development Officer for Theta Chi Fraternity National Foundation in Carmel, Indiana from 2014 to 2019.  Before working for his college fraternity, Philip worked for two fundraising consulting firms serving clients in higher education, healthcare, fraternal organizations, political action committees, and health and human services.

Philip holds a Bachelors degree from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Arizona, where he completed several courses overlapping with IE such as supply chain management, statistics, and work analysis and design. He also completed the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

Philip has been to all 50 states, and has visited 20 countries across 4 continents. Philip and his wife, Emily, live in Indianapolis.                                   




Matthew MerzdorfMatthew Merzdorf

Donor Relations, IE & ECE







Sheryl Willison 

Administrative Assistant; IE & ME