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2018 College of Engineering Giving Report

Section Fueling Faculty

Rewarding, retaining, recruiting faculty and promoting diversity in engineering

Professor-Mentors in Nuclear Engineering Inspire Major Gift

When Paul Wattelet (PhD NE ’67) arrived at Purdue in the early 1960s, he found himself surrounded by the pioneers of nuclear engineering — including several individuals who had worked on the Manhattan Project. He was impressed by their qualifications, but even more so by their attitudes toward him, a recent graduate who was passionate about nuclear power.

“They were the nicest people I ever met in academia,” Wattelet says. “Their teaching was exceptional, and I was inspired by how encouraging they were of me and my research.”

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Alumna Builds Opportunities in Civil Engineering

Two important elements of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering’s vision are “amplifying our impact on society” and underpinning all our endeavors with an “unwavering commitment to ethics and diversity.”

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Couple Leverages Match to Establish Named Professorship in ECE

At least four personal goals were met and one named professorship established when Ron and Dotty Tonjes gave back to their alma mater.

The Tonjeses, founders of the successful writing company ProWrite, always wanted to give back to Purdue. In fact, they already had Purdue in their wills.

However, a unique philanthropic opportunity arose when Bill Elmore (BSEE ’75, MSEE ’76) created a $1.5 million matching initiative for two named professorships. The couple recently decided to meet the match and gave $750,000 — which established the Ron and Dotty Garvin Tonjes Professorship in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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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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