History

Established in 1969, the Purdue WIEP was the first of its kind in the nation and has been a model for such programs at other universities. Since then, the enrollment of women in the College of Engineering has increased from less than one percent to the current 19 percent. Women now receive 20 percent of the undergraduate engineering degrees granted, up from less than one percent in the early 1970s. To date, the College of Engineering has granted more than 9,000 engineering degrees to women, thanks in large part to the WIEP's efforts.