Playing to Purdue's strengths

Journal & Courier


As Gov. Mitch Daniels makes his rounds, getting to know faculty, students and staff before he takes over as Purdue University’s next president, he’s talked about campus playing to its strengths.

A bold new plan announced by the College of Engineering certainly does that.

During the next five years, Purdue’s engineering programs plan to hire more than 100 new professors to its roster of 358 now and bump up undergraduate enrollment by 10 percent.

According to Purdue, the additional investment in engineering could be worth as much as $200 million.

That’s what we like to hear.

“Announcing to hire 100 new faculty at any institution will make a lot of people take notice,” Robert Green, president-elect of National Society of Professional Engineers, recently told the J&C’s Eric Weddle.

Purdue’s engineering program is no slouch now, of course. Applications are outpacing the slots open for students, which is a driver in this plan, Purdue officials say.

But imagine the payoff of a degree from Purdue once it ramps up efforts to recruit top names in research and in teaching.

And imagine the

spinoff benefits to Greater Lafayette with more, well-paying jobs and additional faculty on campus doing the sort of research that could lead to business opportunities down the line.

Keep aiming high in engineering, Purdue.

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