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  Chaden, Williams family create two new IE fellowships

The School of Industrial Engineering is very pleased to have two new fellowships available to us this fall.  Fellowships are very important tools for our efforts to attract the best and brightest graduate students to Purdue IE and we are extremely grateful to the generous Purdue alums who created these endowments.

Lee ChadenIE alumnus Lee Chaden (BSIE '64) recently created the Lee A. Chaden Fellowship in Industrial Engineering and provided additional funding to allow us to begin awarding the Chaden Fellowship this fall.  Chaden retired in 2008 as chairman of the board of Hanesbrands, Inc., which he led through its 2006 spin-off from Sara Lee Corporation into an independent publicly traded company. He remains active in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina community, where he serves on the board of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and is involved with several other local non-profit institutions. Lee and his wife, Shelby, travel extensively, staying in contact with their daughters in Los Angeles and New York.

Dr. Theodore WilliamsThe family of long-time Purdue professor Dr. Theodore Williams recently endowed the Dr. Theodore J. and Isabel M. Williams Fellowship in Industrial Control Systems in memory of their father and mother. The family also provided funding to allow the Williams Fellowship to be awarded immediately. Dr. Williams was a professor of engineering and director of the Purdue Laboratory for Applied Industrial Control (PLAIC) from 1965 to his retirement in 1994. The Williams family chose to endow this fellowship to memorialize their father, to honor his career and to celebrate the very special relationship their father and mother had with each other.

The School of Industrial Engineering would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Lee Chaden and the Williams family for their generosity in creating these graduate fellowships.  We know you'll be pleased as you meet the young women and men your philanthropy will support.



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