Engineering expansion on a grand scale

Published October 2015

In the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM — innovations make quantum leaps. With its growing student body, an expanded faculty, and a bigger, yet more efficient footprint, Purdue Engineering is on track to exponentially expand its leadership role in STEM disciplines.

Larger student body

“Engineering is at the center of innovation, of developing the economy, of job creation,” said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “There is a national call to graduate 10,000 more engineers per year. Our goal is to account for about 5 percent of that increase.”

As of fall 2015, student enrollment continues to climb. With more than 7,900 undergraduates, the College of Engineering has surpassed its expansion goal of 7,500. And with nearly 3,200 graduate students enrolled, the college has almost reached its goal of 3,500 graduate students.

Not only that, but with an incoming class that consists of 29 percent women, Purdue Engineering is on track to graduate 10 percent more female engineers than the national average, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project.

More than 100 new faculty

Purdue Engineering is also on track to hire more than 100 outstanding new faculty members, expanding its roster to 465. For the 2015-16 school year, faculty members total 443.

New and modernized facilities

With dramatic increases in students and faculty, the College of Engineering is constructing new spaces and improving the usability and efficiency of existing buildings.

By fall 2017, Purdue Engineering will have added 85,000 square feet of working space. New buildings, made possible in part by the historic $40 million gift from the Lilly Endowment, include the Flex Lab research facility in Discovery Park and the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, to be located along the Student Success Corridor on Russell Street. Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, the nation's largest university propulsion facility, will get much-needed new space for testing. Purdue Engineering also is rejuvenating core buildings, such as the historic Grissom Hall, which is considerably more energy- and space-efficient than when it was built over 100 years ago.

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