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Alumni Testimonials


Purdue University's graduate online engineering students have access to the highest quality of education at the highest proven value. For professional engineers, that's an opportunity to maximize your professional growth while at the same time keeping your current career on track.

These are some of the testimonials from our current and past students.

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Collin Drake"Collin Drake (MSAAE ’17) took a deep dive into the Air Force Research Laboratory's Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System in mid-September, only a couple months after the system won the Robert J. Collier Trophy."

2017 alumnus, Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics

While earning his master’s degree, Drake found that he could apply his education directly to his day-to-day responsibilities at work. After working a 12-hour day during the week, he would go home and study for classes. He even spent his weekends completing coursework. Though balancing the demands of work and school was a challenging experience, he said that it was ultimately well worth the long hours. Since graduating, Drake has earned multiple awards, including the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy. 

To learn more about Drake’s story, click here.

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Structural Design Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Graduated 2015
Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering

"Designer of Primary Wing Structure on Boeing 767-300F Freighters and KC-46 Tankers."

"I was able to directly apply the knowledge I gained in the classroom to solve real world problems and to address more complex and rigorous assignments earlier in my career."

"Master's from Purdue positively sets you apart from your colleagues, shows that you possess advanced knowledge in your field, and opens doors for you to advance your career."

"I enjoyed the synergy of learning hands-on at work and in the classroom at Purdue – I was able to immediately apply what I learned in class at in my daily position. It was sometimes challenging to balance the class workload with my job, but most professors were understanding and supportive."

"An online Master's in Engineering from Purdue will give you the opportunity to further develop your skill set as an Engineer and enable you to advance your career."

"Being a Purdue Engineer enables you to be an active part of making advances in your field and be at the forefront of your industry."

Interdisciplinary Engineering

Phillipa Ngaju Makobore"Phillipa Ngaju Makobore"

2020 alumna, Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering – Biomedical Engineering

While earning her engineering master’s degree online, Makobore made the most of her time at Purdue by working to solve a problem in her home country of Uganda, where one in ten children seek medical attention too late and require intravenous therapy. Makobore used her Purdue master’s program to advance an innovative Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set. The low-cost device, which could be a life-saving invention not only in Africa but worldwide, is designed to deliver intravenous fluids and drugs by controlling the flow rate based on feedback from a sensor. It is easy to operate and includes safety features such as alarms that sound if the fluid flow is too fast or slow, the fluid volume is too high or low, or a sensor is faulty. It runs on a battery that can be charged from a plug or solar power. While earning her online master’s, Makobore won two major international prizes, an Innovation Prize for Africa and a German-African Innovation Incentive Award.

To learn more about Makobore ’s story, click here.

Jessica Flemming"Jessica Flemming"

2020 alumna, Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering – Aeronautics and Astronautics

Flemming focused on sustainability throughout her Purdue online engineering graduate education. While earning her degree, she traveled to the arctic with a leadership program offered by the 2041 Foundation. The 2041 foundation works with corporations to support sustainability initiatives that reduce environmental impact and nurture leaders in corporate sustainability innovation, policy and education reform. Flemimng uses her passion for sustainability in  her work as a product developer.

To learn more about Flemming’s story, click here.

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Senior Metallurgical Engineer, Contour Hardening, Inc. 
Graduated 2015 
Interdisciplinary Engineering

"I manage the quality department as well as develop our heat treat processes for new product (R&D) and help manage our continuous improvement initiatives."

"I took a broad range of classes over several different disciplines to help me become a well-rounded engineer. I also developed relationships with professors and other individuals within the program that have assisted me further in my career."

"I was unable to find any other programs like the Purdue EPE program. It is flexible, challenging, and relevant. When I think of a normal online program I think of a lot of reading and online quizzes and tests, but with Purdue you are taking current classes that are essentially the same as an on campus student, except with the added flexibility of watching lectures when it was most convenient. I was able to complete my degree with a newborn baby at home, so do not put it off until you think life will be less complicated!"

"The most beneficial aspect of an online degree is the flexibility. Being able to watch the lectures at convenient time was crucial."

"I believe that the Engineering master's degree is valuable because it conveys the importance of the technical aspect of the engineer's duties. Management skills are important, but if you have a solid technical background as well, it can make you a much more valuable engineer. Purdue engineers are top notch, and have earned the respect they receive worldwide."

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David Price

Engineering Manager, General Electric Aviation
Graduated 2013
Interdisciplinary Engineering, Concentration in Engineering Management & Leadership

"As part of GE Aviation's Engineering Leadership team, my role is multi-faceted in terms of running a major program with continual projects while meeting challenging cost, schedule, and quality constraints, championing improvement initiatives, and recruitment of top talent to the organization."

"While on-the-job training is worthwhile, reaching out of the organization to learn the best practices in industry is essential else you'll just stay within the envelop (or thought process) that each organization will naturally create otherwise."

"At my age and given where I'm at career-wise, conventional wisdom would indicate I shouldn't have pursued a 3rd master's degree, but I didn't get where I'm at in life by living by someone else's convention.  Certainly it was great to freshen up the skills and learn new things, but for me, the key benefit was proving to myself that I could compete with the best and brightest students half my age... and beat them."

"Pursuing an online program can be a daunting decision. There's no doubt it's a big time commitment, but standing still in terms of knowledge and skills isn't a decision worth making in today's environment, when instead, you can have access to some of the best professors anywhere."

"While Purdue has an amazing history and tradition of excellence, it's the present and future that excite me the most.  I now feel a connection to an amazing talent pipeline to the future."

Kris Young

Kris Young

Dealer Account Executive, Cummins Inc.
Graduated 2015
Dual Master of Science in Engineering & Master of Business Administration 

"I maintain a healthy relationship and an open channel of communication to provide information, support and training regarding Cummins' products, tools, offerings, and services to On-highway dealers within the AZ/NM territory."

"I was previously in research and development and found myself using material I studied and learned during my degree in a daily basis. It made me much more proficient with a tool kit directly related to my field of work."

"The degree shows an added dedication to understanding the field as well as equips you with the foundational knowledge & tools to answer the questions and solve the problems you'll be up against on a daily basis. The flexible schedule was very beneficial, as well as the ability to re-watch lectures."

"The professors and courses are fantastic. Take courses that you have interest in, regardless of difficulty, and ones that directly relate to your field. Try a semester with 1 less course than you think you can handle (1-2) to see how well you can manage time and stress. Then adjust."

"Being a Purdue Engineer means that I have been trained by some of the world's best engineers with cutting edge techniques, tools, and technologies. It also means that I can count on my education to pull through when it comes down to performing in a real-world situation."