Fact Sheet - FY 2014

Head: Dr. Anil Bajaj, William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering/Alpha P. Jamison Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Head for Undergraduate Education: Dr. James D. Jones, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Head for Graduate Education: Dr. David C. Anderson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Head for Facilities and Personnel: Dr. Peter Meckl, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Ray W. Herrick Laboratories: Dr. Patricia Davies, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories: Dr. Stephen Heister, Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration

Student Body Size and Statistics:

  • Undergraduate:
    • 1,346 undergraduate students enrolled in Fall 2013
    • Ranked #5 best public (and 7th overall) undergraduate program in mechanical engineering, U.S. News & World Report
    • 15% female and 4% underrepresented minorities
    • 90% of graduating seniors have 4-18 months of industrial experience before graduation
    • 99% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
    • 20% of undergraduate students pursue advanced degrees immediately upon graduation
    • 30% of our students participate in a global engineering education experience with international partner institutions (i.e. GEARE, ETA, etc.)
    • $60K average starting salary in industry for our undergraduate students
    • ~ $1M in scholarships awards to mechanical engineering undergraduates at Purdue
  • Graduate:
    • 575 graduate students enrolled in Fall 2013
    • Ranked #5 best public (and 8th overall) graduate program in mechanical engineering, U.S. News & World Report
    • 53% of graduate students are working toward a Ph.D. degree
    • 63% of enrolled students are international, bringing rich diversity to the program
    • ~ $1M awarded to graduate students as fellowships, and scholarships

Faculty and Research Areas in the School:

  • 64 Tenure/Tenure track faculty members
  • 4 Research faculty members
  • 7 faculty members by Courtesy
  • The College of Engineering is undergoing unprecedented expansion and ME is fully participating in this as well.  For the 2013-14 session, we are in the process of recruiting at least another five new faculty members in several critical areas
  • Annual research expenditures exceed $22M
  • Research Areas:
    • Acoustics and Noise Control
    • Bioengineering
    • Computational Engineering
    • Combustion
    • Design
    • Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion
    • Heat Transfer
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
    • Manufacturing and Materials Processing
    • Mechanics and Vibration
    • Nanotechnology
    • Robotics
    • Solid Mechanics
    • Systems Measurement and Control

Student Organizations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • OMEGA (Official ME Graduate Association)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society
  • Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors (PMEA)
  • Purdue Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Purdue Solar Racing Group
  • SAE Baja
  • SAE Formula
  • SAE Formula - Electric Vehicle

Faculty News and Appointments:

  • Suresh Garimella In April 2013, Purdue President Mitch Daniels named Suresh Garimella as Purdue's Chief Global Affairs Officer, effective immediately.
  • Timothy Fisher was appointed the James G. Dwyer Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He recently co-founded a new company, Folium Nanotechnologies, LLC that will commercialize several of his group's inventions.
  • Greg Shaver received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE.
  • Issam Mudawar received the 2013 Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Science Category for “pioneering theoretical and experimental research on phase change mechanisms and applications in energy, materials processing, aerospace propulsion and thermal management, and electronics cooling.”  Dr. Mudawar also received the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Founder's Award.
  • Arvind Raman was appointed as the Robert V. Adams Professor in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Robert Lucht was elected as Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
  • George Chiu was elected as Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
  • Steven Wereley was elected as Fellow of American Physical Society (APS).
  • Jeffrey Rhoads was inducted into Purdue University Teaching Academy.

Research Labs:

  • The School and Purdue dedicated on November 7, 2013, a new building for Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, Phase I.  It was made possible by $11.5 million in private fundraising which leveraged a $11.5 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Significant contributions were also made by Purdue and the School of Mechanical Engineering.
  •  The Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, formerly known as the thermal sciences and propulsion center, has made plans for Purdue Mechanical Engineering’s next facilities upgrade and capital building project.  Plans for the Phase I expansion of the High Pressure Laboratory facilities have been estimated to cost $8 million and plans are underway for launching the campaign.

Specific Areas of Greatest Needs for Annual Alumni Support in 2013-2014:
Student Support

  • The School is committed to providing the best educational experience for our all of our students.  Annual Support will be used to support Mechanical Engineering Student Organizations, Scholarships for students in need, as well as provide the needed funds for graduate students to conduct important research.  Annual support is also needed to help fund the costs associated with student travel for professional development opportunities.

Faculty Support

  • Annual Support provides the School with the ability to support start-up needs of new faculty being recruited to the School under the Strategic Growth of the CoE, professional growth and development of our faculty, and seed funding for innovative ideas that show great promise.
  • Provides support to faculty in their efforts to experiment with latest pedagogy and educational techniques to enhance students’ learning experiences.
  • Provides support to bring content experts to campus for our faculty to collaborate with on their research projects.

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories

  • Provide support for expansion of research capabilities of the newly dedicated labs.

Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories (formerly Thermal Sciences and Propulsion Center)

  • Support for Phase I expansion of High Pressure Lab facilities - $4.8M needed.