Purdue University College of Engineering

Coordinates: 40°25.86′N 86°54.87′W / 40.431°N 86.9145°W / 40.431; -86.9145

Purdue University College of Engineering
MSEE Building
Established 1874
Dean Leah H. Jamieson
Academic staff 339
Undergraduates 6,139
Postgraduates 2,211[1]
Location United States West Lafayette, IN, USA
Affiliations Purdue University
Website engineering.purdue.edu

The Purdue University College of Engineering is one of eight major academic divisions, or colleges, of Purdue University. Established in 1874 with programs in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the college now offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in more than a dozen disciplines.[2] Purdue's engineering program has also educated 22 of America's astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan who were the first and last astronauts to have walked on the moon, respectively.[3] Many of Purdue's engineering disciplines are recognized as top-ten programs in the U.S.[4] The college as a whole is currently ranked 9th in the U.S. of all doctorate-granting engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report.[5]



The College of Engineering contains ten Schools, one Department, and three Divisions:





Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, named after Neil Armstrong, is the flagship of the College of Engineering and home to its administrative offices, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS), Engineering Education, the Minority Engineering Program, and the Women in Engineering Program. Many other campus buildings house faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories for engineering programs, such as the Biomedical Engineering Building, the Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, and Potter Engineering Center.[6]


The Morrill Act, signed by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, set the stage for the state of Indiana to establish a college for agriculture and the mechanical arts. In 1874, Purdue established four-year bachelor's degree programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering. The School of Mechanical Engineering was created in 1882, although none of Purdue's students at the time were actually qualified to enroll in any of its courses. In 1911, the School of Chemical Engineering was founded. The Agricultural Engineering program was established in 1925; it would be renamed the Division of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2005. In 1942, the School of Mechanical Engineering was renamed the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; the Aeronautical Engineering program would be split out into the School of Aeronautics in 1945 and the School of Aeronautical Engineering in 1953. This was also the year that Purdue established the nation's first Freshmen Engineering program, in which all first-year engineering students take fundamental courses prior to enrolling in the school for their specific discipline. That same year, the Industrial Engineering Department was founded, with some courses taught by Lillian Moller Gilbreth.

The 1960s saw the establishment of the Nuclear Engineering and Women in Engineering programs. In 1971, the National Society of Black Engineers was founded on the Purdue campus by two undergraduates. The Construction Engineering and Management Division was created in 1976. In the late 1980s, the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building was completed, providing much-need space for the growing the Schools of Materials and Electrical Engineering. In 1995, the Engineering Projects In Community Service program was established at Purdue. Three years later, Purdue's Biomedical Engineering program would be founded; in 2004, it would be expanded into the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Also in 2004, the College of Engineering was formed as an umbrella organization for the many Schools, Departments, and Divisions of Purdue's engineering programs. That same year (2004), the Department (now School) of Engineering Education, the first of its kind in the nation, was created. Three significant College of Engineering structures would be built over the next few years: the Birck Nanotechnology Center (2005) and the Biomedical Engineering Building (2006), both part of Discovery Park; and the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, completed in 2007.[7]


The College of Engineering's undergraduate and graduate engineering programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as some of the best engineering programs in America. Many of Purdue's engineering programs are ranked within the top 10 nationally, or near the top 10, resulting in Purdue's College of Engineering coming in 9th overall for undergraduate and 12th overall for graduate programs in the United States. The 2010 rankings are listed below.[8]

Academic Unit Undergrad.
College of Engineering (overall) 9 12
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 4 4
Agricultural and Biological Engineering 2 1
Biomedical Engineering N/A 22
Chemical Engineering 13 14
Civil Engineering 5 7
Computer Engineering 11 12
Electrical Engineering 10 10
Environmental Engineering 11 17
Industrial Engineering 3 8
Materials Engineering 12 13
Mechanical Engineering 7 8
Nuclear Engineering 4 13

Purdue's engineering program is also ranked highly internationally. The Times Higher Education Supplement (2007) ranked Purdue as the 24th best university in the world in the Technology category.[9]


Purdue's College of Engineering offers many programs to its students such as the Engineering Projects In Community Service[10], First Year Engineering Honors Program[11], Global Engineering Program[12], etc. which help young engineers gain real world and international experience.

Student organizations

  • ANS - American Nuclear Society
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
  • Eta Kappa Nu, Beta Chapter (HKN) - International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers
  • IEEE - Student Chapter
  • IEEE Computer Society - Student Chapter
  • Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF)
  • EPICS - Engineering Projects in Community Service
  • EVC - Electric Vehicle Club
  • NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers
  • MAES - The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
  • SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • SWE - Society of Women Engineers
  • SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
  • PEM - Purdue Engineering Magazine
  • Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC)
  • PMEA - Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors
  • IIE- Institute Of Industrial Engineers (Student Chapter)
  • BMES- Biomedical Engineering Society


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