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.                                   


Phil Waclawik

Phil Waclawik

Director of Development, Major Gifts


Phil joined the Industrial Engineering Development Office in August of 2017.  Previous to IE, he served as Director of Development in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.  Before joining the Purdue University Development Office, Phil spent more than 30 years working in the information technology industry.  

Following his graduation from Purdue where he earned his BSIE in 1983, Phil joined IBM Federal Systems as a Cost Engineer in Owego, New York.  He concluded his IT career in 2015 having most recently served IBM Global Business Services – Federal as NASA SEWP Program Manager in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Phil is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a fierce supporter of Purdue Athletics with a deep sense of loyalty and pride in all things Purdue.  

His wife, Meg, holds a Management degree from Purdue.  They live in Lafayette, IN where Phil enjoys golf and working around his 19th century home.