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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.

Richard Kyle

Richard Kyle, BSME '88, President and CEO, Timken Co.
Richard Kyle, BSME ’88, President and CEO, Timken Co.

Growing up in Indiana, Richard Kyle knew Purdue was for him. Kyle studied mechanical engineering at Purdue, where he refined his collaborative, leadership and motivational skills, shaping him as a professional and putting him on the path to success.

Today, Kyle is president and CEO of Timken Co., a 118-year-old global manufacturer of bearings and mechanical power transmissions. He has held other leadership positions within Timken, helping to significantly grow its U.S. manufacturing business and expand global operations in China, India and Romania.

Today, Timken accrues revenue of $3 billion annually and has an enterprise value of over $4 billion with 14,000 employees across 28 countries. His Purdue background has been with him every step of the way, instilling in him a strong work ethic, a commitment to teamwork and a love for problem-solving. “All of my biggest achievements were as part of a team. Success in business is rarely achieved individually.”


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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