Purdue is a public, doctoral-granting research university, and Indiana's land-, sea-, and space-grant university.History
Founded in 1869 and named after benefactor John Purdue, Purdue University began its journey with six instructors, 39 students and a mission to provide agriculture and mechanic arts education.
System-wide enrollment of 69,098 students; West Lafayette enrollment of 38,712 students (fall 2005); students from 50 states and 130 countries.
Main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana (126 miles southeast of Chicago, 65 miles north of Indianapolis). Statewide university system includes five campuses and numerous teaching and research sites.
Purdue offers more than 200 options for major areas of study at West Lafayette alone, and a variety of options in minors. If you are a student, also check with representatives within your area of interest to learn more about honors programs and academic organizations related to your area of interest.
Areas of Interest:
The School of Biomedical Engineering
The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering will be housed in a state-of-the-art building designed to enhance both teaching and research. The $25-million, 91,000-square-foot facility (to be completed in spring 2006) will accommodate the rapid growth of biomedical engineering and its exponential increase in job opportunities.
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical engineering encompasses the development, design, research, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and components. Disciplines include VLSI and circuit design, communication and signal processing, computer engineering, automatic control, fields and optics, energy sources and systems, and microelectronics and nanotechnology.
Computer engineeringis a specialization within electrical and computer engineering offering an in-depth education in both hardware and software aspects of modern computer systems.
At Birck Nanotechnology Center engineers and scientists conduct research in emerging fields where new materials and tiny structures are built atom by atom, or molecule by molecule.
The School of Materials Engineering
Materials Engineering's academic programs have been developed around broad and basic phenomena, applied to all major classes of artificial materials—ceramics, metals, glasses, polymers, and semiconductors. The undergraduate and graduate programs integrate our faculty strengths across the field's four cornerstones: structure, properties, processing, and performance.
The School of Mechanical Engineering
The school's facilities include two major satellite research laboratories: The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories provide facilities for research in mechanical vibrations, noise control, acoustics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer for energy utilization. The Zucrow Laboratories, named after their founder, started out in 1948 as one of the country's first liquid-rocket test facilities. Research in the laboratories, located next to the Purdue Airport, has expanded into combustion, propulsion, and fluid dynamics.
The School of Mechanical Engineering is organized into the following nine areas: combustion, energy utilization, and thermodynamics; design; fluid mechanics; heat transfer; mechanics; systems, measurement, and control; manufacturing and materials processing; noise and vibration control; and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.
The School of Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear engineering is firmly grounded in the understanding and application of modern physics. It has demonstrated vast potential for growth in power generation, medicine, industrial processes, plasmas, space technologies, and national defense.
Nuclear engineers at Purdue contribute to such advanced technologies as fission and fusion power generators, new medical technologies and procedures, improved food safety, advanced materials processing, advanced imaging, and the safe treatment and disposal of spent nuclear fuel.
Indiana's first and only nuclear reactor has its home in Purdue University's Electrical Engineering Building. It headlines field trips for high-school juniors and seniors who participate in demonstrations and experiments.