Dr. Eckhard Groll Receives Global Award

Dr. Eckhard Groll, OPP Director and ME Professor is selected for the Global Engineering Impact Award!


It is an honor to announce that Professor Eckhard Groll is the recipient of the 2013 Global Engineering Impact Award.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions to global learning, discovery, and engagement.  Eckhard will receive the award at the Co-Op Days luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 12.

Among his many contributions, Eckhard co-founded GEARE with Dan Hirleman in 2003, and has worked tirelessly since then to improve GEARE and expand opportunities for Engineering students.  Since its inception, 156 students from ten Schools have studied and worked abroad at one of 14 international partners; another 55 are scheduled to study abroad in Spring 2014.  Additionally, 132 students from our international partners have studied at Purdue.

Eckhard was also Co-PI on a IREE grant from NSF that impacted 59 students, has served on many Purdue committees charged with setting a course for global impact, and began the Global Partners in Apprenticeship program in the OPP. Presently he is leading a College-wide effort to develop a strategy for a robust Study Abroad program that is aligned with broader goals of the College.

“The award acknowledges visionary individuals who are striving to address global grand challenges and make positive global impacts,” said William Anderson, director of Global Engineering Program.  Groll said "receiving the award is another sign that the Office of Professional Practice is having a significant impact on the Purdue community."  "To be honest, the OPP staff should receive the award,” said Groll. “Our team works hard each day to ensure our students have the best opportunities for practical experience outside of the classroom.”