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2018 College of Engineering Giving Report

Section Investments in Infrastructure

Expansions and improvements to teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, offices

Materials and Electrical Engineering Atrium Gets a Major Upgrade

When Max W. Brown (BSEE ’70) returned to Purdue in 2013 for the first time in more than 40 years, he hardly recognized the campus. Gone were the World War II-era Quonset huts that stood where Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering is now located. Gone too was the power plant smokestack that once dominated the landscape.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of construction,” Brown says. “I was impressed with the modernization and how these new buildings are preparing students for the future.”

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Grateful Alum Contributes to Weldon School's Innovation Wing

When John DeFord entered Purdue University in the fall of 1980, his aspiration was to earn a degree in electrical engineering and get a job in the industry. But Purdue had grander plans for him.

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The Gene Haas Foundation Supports the Bechtel Innovation Design Center

Zach Vander Missen (BSEE ’16) may have been able to make something work.

He might have found a machine shop willing to make fixtures and assembly apparatuses with his detailed specifications, his occasionally “strange materials,” and the high-precision tolerances necessary for his research. But even so, he probably would have had to go through several rounds of prototypes.

Instead, Vander Missen, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is machining his own components at Purdue’s Bechtel Innovation Design Center (BIDC). He is often positioned in front of one of Haas Automation Inc.’s CNC machines inside the Haas Manufacturing Laboratory.

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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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