Engineering is crucial to addressing the grand challenges facing our world in the 21st
century: sustainability, energy, health care, security, the frontiers of exploration,
and quality of life.
In 2011, the U.S. President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness called for an
additional 10,000 engineering graduates per year — engineers who will drive the
innovation economy and fuel the United States’ competitive advantage in the
Purdue is taking bold action to be a significant part of this national imperative.
The College of Engineering has seen growth year after year in student applications
and enrollment. From 2006–13, applications increased 62 percent. In that time, the
percentage of beginning engineering students who were in the top quartile of their
high school graduating class rose from 77 percent to 93 percent — meaning that
both the numbers and quality of future Purdue engineers are on the rise.
Through our planned growth, we will educate a greater number of creative
engineers who are equipped to lead an ever-changing, highly technical workforce.
We will increase our capacity for groundbreaking discoveries. And we will bring
even greater economic benefit to Indiana, our nation, and the world.
Guided by our 2009–16 strategic plan, we will keep and enhance the best of what
has always made Purdue great, as we create a new College of Engineering enabled
by our growth.
STRATEGIC GROWTH PARAMETERS
Purdue Engineering will implement carefully planned
increases in students, faculty, staff, and space to grow in
strategic ways, thereby impacting the manner in which
we educate, innovate, hire professors, and use facilities to
enable new learning and discoveries.
• By 2016, Purdue Engineering will grow by 1,500 students,
split evenly between graduate and undergraduate, to
reach an enrollment of over 7,750 undergrads and
3,500 grads. This represents a five-year increase of 15
percent and a 10-year increase of over 35 percent.
• From 2011–2016, the college will add up to 107 new
faculty members, growing from 358 to 465 — a 30
• Up to 105 staff will be added — also a 30 percent increase.
• The college will add 88 half-time teaching assistants to
support the additional undergraduates.
• The college will re-envision, repurpose, renovate, and in
some cases, build new facilities to add 220,000 assignable square feet and gain 50 percent more efficiency.
BUILDING ON AN AMBITIOUS STRATEGIC PLAN
All of the strategic growth goals add to the college’s existing
strategic plan, which has already brought significant achievements to the college since its inception in 2009. The plan
includes three overarching goals, as well as many specific
goals, to be met by 2016. Our overarching goals are:
• Graduates effective in a global context,
• Research of global significance, and
• Empowering our people, enriching our culture.
Within the context of the national need and the college’s
ambitious plans to meet that need, Purdue Engineering
will use its resources strategically, at a variety of levels, to
further its pre-eminence in the engineering disciplines. The
college will also play a key role in helping the University
meet its own broad goals for renowned leadership in the
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
disciplines overall, as well as the other challenges outlined
in the Purdue Moves initiatives (see sidebar, facing page).
“Engineering is at the center
of innovation, of developing
the economy, of job creation.
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.”
—Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean
of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH. EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT.