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College of Engineering

Engineering as a Profession

Engineering is a professional field that has a large impact on people and influences society. Perhaps no other profession is more concerned with safeguarding and improving life, health, property and public welfare. The goals of the engineering profession, which are maintenance of high ethical standards and quality performance, are integral to all academic programs in the College of Engineering. The mission of the College of Engineering is to advance engineering learning, discovery and engagement in fulfillment of the land-grant promise and the evolving responsibility of a global university. Purdue engineers will be prepared for leadership roles in responding to the global, technological, economic and societal challenges of the 21st century. They will be ready to make a difference at home and around the globe by:

A. Adding value and innovation to engineering projects and collaborations

B. Identifying and addressing significant problems and opportunities

C. Learning and broadening professionally and as global citizens throughout life

D. Engaging with critical stakeholders, high performance teams and knowledge network

E. Celebrating diversity and respecting differences in ideas, people and cultures

F. Leading from a global perspective and commitment to a sustainable future

Graduates of engineering programs are expected to acquire and demonstrate the Abilities, Knowledge Areas, and Qualities of the Purdue Engineer of 2020:


  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Recognize and manage change
  • Work effectively in diverse and multicultural environments
  • Work effectively in the global engineering profession
  • Synthesize engineering, business and societal perspectives

Knowledge Areas

  • Science and math
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Analytical skills
  • Open-ended design and problem-solving skills
  • Multidisciplinarity within and beyond engineering
  • Integration of analytical, problem-solving and design skills


  • Innovative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ethically responsible in a global, social, intellectual and technological context
  • Adaptable in a changing environment
  • Entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial
  • Curious and persistent continuous learners

Students are encouraged to become student members of their professional societies and to be involved with the student chapters of those societies.