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Formula SAE. Design, build, and compete with a small formula-style race car. Compete in Society of Automotive Engineers event with teams from around the world Build a new car from the ground up every year Design and model the vehicle Manufacture and assemble the vehicle

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formula sae
Formula SAE
  • Design, build, and compete with
  • a small formula-style race car
  • Compete in Society of Automotive Engineers event with teams from around the world
  • Build a new car from the ground up every year
    • Design and model the vehicle
    • Manufacture and assemble the vehicle
    • Test and tune the vehicle
  • Develop real-world engineering, team work, and leadership skills
  • Organization open to all years with senior design credit in final year

Laura Weaver– Tipton, IA

me machine shop


  • Paid position
  • In the same building as my classes
  • Learn a lot about other students’ design projects
  • Gain skills relevant to design and manufacturing
ME Machine Shop
  • Work in the machine shop a few hours each week, helping students with their projects
  • M.E. majors need to use the machine shop for their senior design projects
  • Can work on personal projects as well

This is me!

Becky Schumm- Baltimore, MD

5 term co op
5-Term Co-op
  • Facts:
    • Graduate with ~18 months of work experience
    • 5 year program (still only 8 semesters of tuition!)
    • Apply and interview Spring semester freshman year
    • Get paid (Average co-op salary is around $17/hr)
      • Some companies offer housing/moving stipends
    • Work for the same company each rotation
    • Companies all over the US
  • Great way to see what ME’s really do!

A9 Series Steam Turbine

LCT Ultrasonic Flow Meter

F101 Engine

Ashley Laterza – Mason, OH

purdue first programs
Purdue FIRST Programs
  • Mentors locals schools in FIRST

family of robotics programs

    • 20 FLL teams (up to 10 elementary/middle

school students)

    • 4 FRC teams (high school students)
  • Organizes FLL Qualifying tournament

and Boilermaker FRC Regional

  • Two credit hour class! – ME 297
    • 62 students, 15% female
    • All majors welcome!
    • Travel to competitions

Carolyn – Abington, MA

global design teams basic utility vehicle cameroon
Global Design TeamsBasic Utility Vehicle - Cameroon
  • Design and prototype a low cost utility vehicle for developing countries
  • Travel to Cameroon to implement the design
  • Hands on engineering!
  • Can be taken for course credit or as a senior design project
  • Interdisciplinary engineering team

Jacqueline Fontaine – Brentwood, TN

semester long internships
Semester-Long Internships

Need a break from classes but don’t want to commit to a co-op?

Try a semester internship!

For students who do not want to commit to 3 or 5-rotations with a specific company, a semester internship is a great way to get industry experience, take a break from classes, and get paid.

  • My experience:
  • GE Appliances in Louisville, KY
  • Dishwasher Quality Engineering Intern
  • 5 month assignment
  • More in-depth projects and responsibility than at summer internships
  • Make friends from all over the country

Allison Cargill – Cincinnati, OH

china maymester
China Maymester
  • 2 week trip to 4 Chinese cities
    • Shanghai, Ningbo, Harbin, Beijing
  • 3 hour tech elective credit
  • Stay at 2 Chinese Universities and are paired with a Chinese student to be shown around
  • Tour major landmarks
  • Keep daily journal and write final paper on Chinese culture due after return
  • Approximately $3000 (including housing and most meals)

Colleen Courtwright – Slidell, LA

Name– Hometown

phi sigma rho


Phi Sigma Rho
  • Social Sorority for Women in Engineering and Engineering Technology
    • All women in engineering welcome!
    • There are callouts at the beginning of each semester
    • Make lifelong friendships with other girls in your major – homework help, support, and tons of fun!


  • Annual formal dances
  • Greek social events
  • Study Tables
  • Phi Sigma Rho house in the acres

Kara McManus– Cincinnati, Ohio

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Purdue EcoMakers (EcoCAR2 Team)

Goal: Improving the fuel efficiency of a family sedan while maintaining original performance, quality and convenience

Open to all years of undergraduate and graduate students - most members majoring in ME, MET, ECE, Computer Science, or Business

Allows for experience working with relevant hybrid technology and provides networking opportunities with industry professionals

Purdue is one of only 15 universities selected to participate in this three-year challenge sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy

Alex Wallace – Carmel, IN


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

  • Founded at Purdue University in 1975
  • Founders were known as “Chicago Six”
  • Largest student ran organization
  • Mission: To Increase number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
  • Purdue Chapter is known as “the Mother Chapter”
  • Any one can join NSBE
  • There are NSBE chapters in Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, and many European Nations

ErmiasEnyew – Indianapolis, IN

purdue reslife
Purdue ResLife
  • Purdue Resident Assistant:
  • Mentor 40+ Students
  • Plan Educational Programs
  • Build Life-Long Friendships
  • Have Fun!
  • 90’s Night Shown Below!
  • Example of a Community Event
  • Over 11,000 Residents and 200 RAs
  • Application Process Starts Late in the Fall

Colton Gann – Rockford, IL

purdue engineering student council
Purdue Engineering Student Council
  • One of the most active and respected student organizations at Purdue
    • 40 Engineering students of all grade levels and majors
    • Serve Students, Faculty, and Industry by planning both professional and fun events
    • Gain professional contacts while making lifelong friendships
  • Industrial Roundtable
    • Organized by PESC
    • Largest student run job fair in the world
  • For more information and to find out how to apply, visit
  • Aerial view of Industrial Roundtable Job Fair

Gerald Hardesty– Millhousen, IN

study abroad alicante spain
Study Abroad-Alicante, Spain

Bull Arena-Alicante, Spain

  • 6 week program over the summer
  • Lived with a Spanish family
  • Received 6 general electives for Purdue credit
  • Made life long friends!

La SagradaFamilia- Barcelona

Julia– Riverside, IL

  • Non-denominational Christian organization
  • Friday night worship, Bible studies, mentoring
  • Retreats
    • Spring Break
    • Winter Break

Kyle Dickerson – Indianapolis, IN

cary club
Cary Club
  • Student-governing body over Cary Quadrangle
  • Plan events for all of the residents within Cary Quadrangle to build a community within the residence hall.
  • Organize an annual “Rock the Quad” concert, free for all Purdue students.
  • Cary Club Radio (WCCR) was the first student-run radio station at Purdue, as well as one of the first in the Big Ten.

Kyle Troesch – Saint Meinrad, IN

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Engineering Research Internship: Hannover- Clausthal
  • About 3-month long internship program at Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany
  • Apply through the study abroad office with consent from the ME undergrad office. GPA requirement: 3.0 and above, No language requirement, 9 total credits – 6 TE + 3 GE/WAC
  • Lots of travelling, exposure to new culture, language and work - environment
  • Worked at the Turbo-Machinery and Fluids Department
  • Traveled to almost 7 countries!!
  • This experience also contributed to my full-time offer with Gulfstream Aerospace

MayuraDavda– Solapur, India


5 Classes Total:

    • 3 Required AD 105 – Design 1
      • AD 113 – Basic Drawing
      • AD 227 – Art History
    • 2 Free AD 117 – Black and White
      • Film Photography
      • AD 114 – Typography

AD 113

AD 117



sense study abroad in germany
SENSE – Study Abroad in Germany
  • 7 weeks of summer spent studying engineering and the German language in Germany
  • No German required – through Purdue’s Study Abroad Office
  • Opportunity to travel to many different countries before and during program
  • Get a tech elective!
  • Take classes on automotive engineering or aerospace

Michaeleen Metzner – Milwaukee, WI

purdue society of women engineers

Four Facets of Purdue SWE

  • Professional/Personal
  • Development
  • Outreach
  • Technical
  • Social
Purdue Society of Women Engineers
  • PSWE Facts
  • Longest Continuous Section
  • Top 2 Largest Section in the world (400+ members)
  • Part of Region H
  • Why I love PSWE!
  • The people! Lots of great friends
  • The networking! Great outlet for career opportunities
  • The fun! Has lots of fun activities to take a break from school

Rachel Lindsay – Kansas City, MO

geare global engineering alliance for research and education
GEARE—Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education

“There is nothing else like studying abroad in China. The experience gained by being here (especially by working abroad) gives you such a different and more global view of the world—something that all engineering companies are looking for. This isn’t anything you’ll find in a book.”

  • Study abroad program and work abroad program
  • 7 months abroad
    • 1 semester/summer studying abroad
    • 1 semester/summer participating in an internship abroad
    • Abroad during Spring of Junior year
  • Opportunities for ME students
    • China and Germany are most common
    • Other locations include: Spain, Singapore, France, China
  • 12 credit language requirement
  • Benefits:
    • Global work
    • Learning a new culture
    • Traveling!
  • Nitesh Bajaj-West Lafayette, IN
  • Studying in Shanghai, Spring 2013
purdue bands
Purdue Bands
  • All-American Marching Band:
  • 2 credit class
  • Over 60% STEM majors
  • Daily rehearsals
  • Football games
  • Other school events
  • Travel!
  • No music majors at Purdue
  • Marching band, concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, small ensembles, athletic pep bands

Sarah Small – Mundelein, IL


Basic Utility Vehicle:

  • Low cost
  • Local materials and low tech manufacturing
  • Durable for Africa
  • Simple maintenance and operation
  • Vehicle for rural Africa
    • Competition with other universities
      • 1st place 2012 team
    • Travel to Cameroon for 3 weeks
      • Build and test vehicle

Competition ↑ Africa↗

Tyler Brammeier– Okawville, IL

purdue university dance marathon
Purdue University Dance Marathon
  • Largest philanthropic organization on campus.
  • Dedicated to raising money for the Riley Hospital for Children.
  • First student organization to win One Brick Higher Award.
  • 1788 people raised a total of $528, 654.67 in 2012.
  • Can either join as a committee member or just as dancer.

NamanMandhan – Dubai, UAE

purdue solar racing

To join, just attend a PSR Call-out!

  • Fun, hands-on experience for engineers
Purdue Solar Racing
  • Design and Build a solar car from scratch
  • 2 year design & build cycle
  • Shell Eco Marathon

Maxine Hwang – Troy, MI

geare germany unique combination of both work and global experience
GEARE Germany - Unique combination of both work and global experience!
  • Spend two semesters overseas for internship and study abroad
  • Apply with OPP either freshman year or early sophomore year

Sheila Kotadia – Glendale Heights, IL

women in engineering program wiep
Women In Engineering Program (WIEP)
  • Devoted to helping women and girls to discover their inner engineer
  • Puts on outreach programs and events, networking and professional development events, tutoring/mentoring, and a seminar class
  • Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, & Design (K-5) and Innovation 2 Reality (6-8)
      • Outreach program that introduces young students to engineering through hands-on activities
      • New students hired every semester to be a part of the leadership team
      • You get paid to go to elementary schools and do fun projects with excited kids!

Kelli Knust– Ferdinand, IN

3 term co op

Kathleen Leisring – Cincinnati, OH

3 Term Co-Op
  • 3 term Co-Op at SABIC Innovative Plastics
  • Become a Co-Op through the Office of Professional Practice!
  • Interview for Co-Op positions in January
  • Get real-world experience at great companies
  • Take on more challenging projects each term
  • Make money while you’re in school!