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2018 College of Engineering Giving Report

The Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae Award is presented to men and women who have distinguished themselves in any field in ways that reflect favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession or society in general. The distinction of DEA has been bestowed upon 540 outstanding individuals.

Kimberly Underhill

Kimberly Underhill,
Kimberly Underhill, BSChE ’87, Global President, Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly Underhill was initially reluctant to follow the path that eventually led her to a diverse international career in business and management. She was a chemical engineer who wanted to focus on research. But she had an opportunity to work in marketing. And after a year of testing the waters in business, she never looked back.

Underhill, now global president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has embarked on a highly successful 30-year career as an engineer, brand manager, operations manager, marketing director and international executive.

Most of her executive roles were during her 28-year career with Kimberly-Clark Professional. Her passion as a Purdue-educated chemical engineer has taken her all over the world, including a three-year stint as president of European consumer business in the United Kingdom.

Now based in Atlanta, she is a member of the John Purdue Club and the University’s President’s Council. Underhill still credits Purdue for laying the foundation to her successful career. “Purdue taught me the value of hard work, and that an engineering degree can open many doors in life.”


Fall 2018


Dean's Message

Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale

Dean Mung Chiang: On a Global Listening Tour

Giant Leaps in Engineering, Discovery Park District

The College of Engineering Makes Its Mark

Neil Armstrong: Inspiration Cast in Bronze

Our Gratitude for a Stellar Year


2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae

Investments in Infrastructure
Expansions and improvements to teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, offices

Elevating Student Experience
Scholarships, student opportunities, diversity programs, student clubs

Dedicated to the Cause
Fundraising, event hosting, activity planning, advisory boards, networking with alumni

Funding Research
Laboratory infrastructure and equipment, project startup funds, graduate student support

Flexible Gifts
Administrative funds, student travel and networking, unexpected opportunities

Fueling Faculty
Rewarding, retaining, recruiting faculty and promoting diversity in engineering

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