Section Flexible Gifts
Administrative funds, student travel and networking, unexpected opportunities
Steve Ferdon (BSMSE ’82) greets the workday morning with Purdue no matter where he is.
“I’ve placed Purdue coffee mugs in every lab I’ve used,” says Ferdon, who directs Global Engineering Technology in the Fuel Systems Business Unit at Cummins Inc. and works in laboratories throughout the world. “It was because of my 7:30 a.m. classes as a student at Purdue that I learned to drink coffee, and now, through these mugs, the sun never sets on Purdue’s colors at Cummins.”
Ferdon serves on the Purdue School of Materials Engineering advisory committee and is an advisor for senior design projects. He and his wife, Mary, also give back by making unrestricted financial gifts to the University.
An unrestricted gift has no limitations on how it should be used.
At the beginning, medical school was a bit of a struggle for Steven Dumbauld. The struggle eased, though, as he realized how his Purdue Industrial Engineering degree gave him an edge — even next to peers with PhDs in biochemistry.