Beautify Grissom Winners Selected

The contest, which the Purdue chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) launched in 2013, invites IE students to create a piece of artwork that symbolizes what industrial engineering means to them. This year, three finalists were selected to bring their concepts to life on canvases to be displayed in Grissom Hall.
Young-Jun Son, James J. Solberg Head and Ransburg Professor of Industrial Engineering (left) poses with Zoie Stitt, winner of the 2024 Beautify Grissom contest.


Zoie Stitt created the first-place winning piece, a depiction of a Rubik’s Cube filled with industries and concepts related to IE. Stitt says of her piece, “Much like the multitude of career paths and industries one could go into post-graduation, a Rubik’s Cube is a versatile puzzle, capable of over 43 quintillion unique combinations.” 
Zoie has been a long-time fan of the Beautify Grissom competition. “The Beautify Grissom competition has always been one of my favorite events that the school of IE puts on. The paintings are inspiring, and they remind me why I want to be an industrial engineer.” she says. “I was inspired to create this painting because I want to remind other students who are working in Grissom of the exciting future their industrial engineering degree will bring.” Zoie hopes that following her graduation this spring, she will be able to return to Purdue and see the paintings created by future students through the contest. “While I am sad my time here is over, I am happy that this contest has allowed me to leave my mark.”  
The second and third-place finalists, Aimee Fiedler and Sofia Raffin, also created thought-provoking paintings which encourage the viewer to see IE in a new light. Raffin’s painting has been chosen to be put on display in the IE Gateway Labs, an unprecedented achievement! 


Writer: Chloee Copper (Class of 2024)