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2018 College of Engineering Giving Report

Elevating Student Experience

Scholarships, student opportunities, diversity programs, student clubs

Endowed Scholarship Advances Women in Engineering

When adults ask little girls what they want to be when they grow up, not many answer “engineer.” As it turns out, neither did Patti Poppe.

Poppe, who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering (BS ’89, MS ’91), grew up as the daughter of an engineer. She was not interested in the field, however, until she visited Purdue during the Women in Engineering Career Day.

“It changed my life,” she says.

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Touch the Sky

When Anthony Thornton (PhD AAE ’92) traces his accomplished career in aerospace engineering to its beginning, he pictures himself at 12 years old watching B-52 bombers on the tarmac with his father, a 27-year veteran of the United States Air Force.

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Materials Engineering Alum Supports Life-Shaping Programs

As a Purdue student in the 1960s, Bob Hull found his time as a musician as rewarding as his metallurgical engineering studies. It is no surprise that in his philanthropy he gives back to the two programs that helped shape him — and that he hopes will shape future students.

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Gratitude Begins Early

In the U.S., the average age of a charitable donor is 62, according to the 2017 Blackbaud charitable giving report. Which makes Sujata (BSChE ’99) and Andrew (BSEE ’00) Offenbacher highly unusual. And that surprises them.

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Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship Attracts Female Scholars to Purdue

In 2017, Purdue recruited two high-achieving graduate student scholars, including one in Engineering, thanks to the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL).

Purdue applied to the program’s nationwide competition and was chosen by the Clare Boothe Luce Program Selection Committee to receive a $300,000 grant for graduate fellowships.

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Siblings Team Up to Endow a Scholarship

It started as a joke.

Adam Potrzebowski (BSME ’15) was at lunch with his sister, Erin (BSME ’09), a few other Mechanical Engineering alumni and a representative from the College of Engineering’s development office when he asked, tongue firmly in cheek, “How expensive would it be to name the school after me?”

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A Latin American Ambassador

As a Salvadoran teenager, Carlos Moreno (BSIE ’94) witnessed the death and destruction from the Latin American country’s prolonged civil war, which lasted from 1979 to 1992. After completing his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, there was only one place he saw himself building a career: his home country. He wanted to help rebuild El Salvador.

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Shell Oil Inspires a New Generation of Engineers

Mary Slater may not be an engineer herself, but she spends a lot of time with engineers.

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For Young Alumna, Giving Back is Second Nature

In some sense, Chemical Engineering alumna Samantha Sanders never stopped giving back to Purdue.

During her undergraduate years, she volunteered as a student ambassador, a tutor and a leader in the Minority Engineering Program. “When I was part of those programs at Purdue, I wanted to help prospective students and encourage them,” Sanders says.

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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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