Section Flexible Gifts
Administrative funds, student travel and networking, unexpected opportunities
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.
That IE advantage — one that he and his wife, Diane, believe can benefit many others — explains their $1.5 million estate gift to the School of Industrial Engineering. The Dumbaulds are keenly aware of how important attracting and keeping world-class faculty and talented graduate students are to Purdue IE and to the school's continued vision of re-thinking IE, especially in ways that can benefit health care systems. The flexibility of their estate gift will provide the school the means to excel in addressing these initiatives.
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.”