Welcome to the 2014 edition of Imprints. It is always a privilege to have this opportunity to
offer you a glimpse into all that we are doing that you help make possible.
The pace of activity in our college has never been faster and the impact never more inspiring.
We are expanding our college at an unprecedented rate, and through that expansion, we
are setting our sights on transformation. We are marking milestones on our path toward
educating significantly more students in order to accommodate the surge in applications, as
we do our part to address our nation’s critical need for more engineers. Please see Page 4 for
more on our strategic growth initiative.
This fall, student enrollment and faculty have grown to new record highs. Compared to
three years ago (Fall 2011), our 2014 undergraduate enrollment has grown 8 percent to
7,877, and graduate enrollment increased 13 percent to 3,206. Consistent with our goal of
maintaining a quality student experience, faculty ranks grew by 14 percent over this period
to 409, with 40 of these new faculty hired in this past academic year.
In this edition, we offer as examples only a few of the myriad stories of the progress we are
making thanks to your support. We are thrilled to announce the naming of the Lyles School
of Civil Engineering, thanks to the generosity of the Lyles family. Stories such as Mike and
Annie Wells’ scholarship gift show our donors’ commitment to helping more engineering
students afford college. Stories such as the Weists’ exemplify strong faculty support, and
Stan Tebbe’s story offers an example of leadership in creating world-class facilities. Research
partnerships, such as that with Cyberonics, continue to pair innovative discovery with
hands-on learning. And loyal, unrestricted giving over many years, such as Bob Maddin’s,
prepares us to address even our unforeseen needs. You all showed your own loyalty during
the inaugural Purdue Day of Giving, donating $2.5 million to the college in one day.
These stories, and countless others not told here, contribute to the much larger tale of
history-making transformation and growth that we are writing now. I am honored to be
co-writing it with our students, our faculty, our staff, and you.
Leah H. Jamieson
The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Ransburg
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering