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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.

Paul McEnroe

Paul McEnroe, MSEE '60, Owner/Operator, Rancho La Purisima
Paul McEnroe, MSEE ’60, Owner/Operator, Rancho La Purisima

Paul McEnroe had a desire to make a difference in the world, and through his graduate studies in electrical engineering at Purdue, he was equipped with the skills necessary to have that impact.

“I came to realize that as an engineer I may have the opportunity of applying technology to make a contribution to society,” McEnroe says. Make a difference he did.

While working as a lab director at IBM, he and a team he formed created the globally ubiquitous barcode that appears on nearly every product. During 23 years at IBM, he developed many technologies, including a retail industry magnetic code and stripe and the barcode’s scanner, for which he holds the patent. He held several leadership positions at IBM, where he managed and directed engineers in impactful research.

McEnroe went on to become president at Trilogy, a wafer-scale-technology-based mainframe computer company. When he’s not working in the technology business, he ranches and is owner/operator of Rancho La Purisima in California.


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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