Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

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The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (College of Engineering) is the place to turn the flight of imagination into reality. Ever since 1920, the school has been producing aerospace professionals that have served in various missions besides finding solutions for smoother, more efficient, and more productive atmospheric and astronomical flight.

Project-based learning to create leaders in the field of technology has been the hallmark of the school. The department has the largest academic propulsion lab in the world- ZUCROW Labs. The first man to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong was from this university. The department was ranked 5th in graduate programs in the US by US news.

  • list items The Available Programs in the department are Undergraduate majors in Aeronautics and Astronautics: BS, BS/MS (5 years integrated); MS (thesis/non-thesis), Combined BSAAE/MSAA, Professional MS with Engineering Leadership Concentration, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • list items Areas of Expertise: Astrodynamics and Space Applications; Propulsion; Structures and Materials; Dynamics and Control; Aerospace Systems; Aerodynamics 
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    The Polytechnic Institute of Purdue University offers a professional graduate program in Biotechnology. The program is beneficial for job roles such as drug inspectors, quality assurance auditors, production pharmacists, etc. The main focus of the institute is on biotechnology research in collaboration with Biotech companies.

    Currently, there are 9 ongoing research programs at the institute. A Biotechnology Training Group under the Office of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs also offers interdisciplinary Biotechnology research opportunities. MS in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science (Hybrid); Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology Quality and Regulatory Compliance; BS Biotechnology (minor) are the available programs in the department.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Pharmaceutical process engineering; Air Quality; Watershed Engineering and Management; Fluid Power - Energy Efficiency, Smart Hydraulics; Machine Systems Engineering - Farm to Table; Food and BioProcess Engineering; Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering; Synthetic Biology; Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering; Renewable Resource Engineering for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
  • list items List of Labs: Agricultural Safety and Health; Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering; Center for Food Safety Engineering; Purdue Agricultural Air Quality Lab
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    The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering is committed to solving the toughest problems that arise in the domain of chemical sciences and their applications. The school focuses on experiential learning that aims at using hints from diverse sets of disciplines to find efficient, sustainable, and prudent solutions for industry and government. The available Programs in Chemical Engineering are BS, MS (1 year professional) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Nanoscale Science and Engineering; Product and Process Systems Engineering; Polymers and Materials; Fluid Mechanics and Interfacial Phenomena; Energy; Pharmaceutical Engineering; Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Thermodynamics, Molecular, and Nanoscale Modeling; Catalysis and Reaction Engineering; Mass Transfer and Separations
  • list items List of Labs: National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems
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    The Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue is known for the breadth of its civil engineering expertise. It aims at providing practical experience to students through engagement in live projects in the area. A faculty with a very wide set of research areas is known for designing relevant courses and imparting in-demand skills to the students.

    Civil Engineering department offers BS, MS (thesis and non-thesis option) and MS (professional) in Civil Engineering in addition to Ph.D. programs. Interdisciplinary programs such as Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) are also offered by the department.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Hydraulics & Hydrology; Geomatics; Construction; Geotechnical; Transportation; Structures; Materials; Environmental; Architectural; Construction Engineering and Management.
  • list items List of Labs: Department of Transportation NEXTRANS; Center for Road Safety; North Central Superpave Center; Joint Transportation Research Program.
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    Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science (College of Science) prides itself in providing solutions to some of the toughest challenges in the domain of Computer Sciences. It has been a favorite recruitment ground for top IT companies, thanks to its updated curriculum.

    The huge breadth of faculty’s research interests allows students to not only master the area of their choice but also tailor a course-work that enhances their employability quotient. Available Programs in the department are BS (honors); BS (minor); BS/MS (5 years); MS (thesis/non-thesis) and Ph.D. in Computer Science; BS (major) Data Science; MS (professional) in Information Security.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Theory of Computing and Algorithms; Databases and Data Mining; Machine Learning and Information Retrieval; Graphics, Visualization, and Modeling; Distributed Systems; Networking and Operating Systems; Information Security and Assurance; Software Engineering; Programming Languages and Compilers; Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics
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    Electrical and Computer

    The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is guided by the aim of bringing together the physical and the virtual. Considered to be one of the favorite destinations for young electrical engineering aspirants and talents in the US, the school has a reputation for creating visionaries. The school offers courses and research opportunities in the in-vogue fields of electrical engineering to ensure that its students stay ahead in the skill-market.

    The programs available in the department are: BS in Electrical Engineering; MS (thesis and non-thesis), MS (online), MS (Industry oriented); and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Computer Engineering; Automatic Control; VLSI and Circuit Design; Biomedical Imaging and Sensing; Communications, Networking, Signal and Image Processing; Fields and Optics; Microelectronics and Nanotechnology; Power and Energy.
  • list items List of Labs: Institute of Nanoelectronics and Computing (INAC).
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    Environmental and Ecological

    The School of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue is the ideal destination for young talents that are sensitive to the challenges of preserving and protecting the environment. The school aims at inculcating the promising environmental engineers with the spirit and skills to challenge environmental damage besides training them in techniques and methods for sustainability and creating solutions that are in harmony with the natural surroundings. The department offers programs such as BS, BS (minor), MS (thesis and non-thesis), and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Watershed Processes & Management; Sustainable Manufacturing; Environmental Fate of Chemicals & Materials; Life Cycle Engineering; Environmental Remediation; Industrial Sustainability; Water and Wastewater Treatment.
  • list items List of Labs: Watershed Processes & Management; Sustainable Manufacturing; Environmental Fate of Chemicals & Materials; Life Cycle Engineering; Environmental Remediation; Industrial Sustainability; Water and Wastewater Treatment.
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    Industrial Engineering

    The School of Industrial Engineering is ranked amongst the best in the US and has been delivering the best minds to top companies each year. It takes pride in its unique ReThink IE initiative that has revolutionized the industrial engineering discipline. By imparting the most demanded and the rarest skills, the school has managed to keep high employability figures for its students. Programs available in the department are BS, BS (honors), MS (research), MS (applied), Dual degree MS(E) + MBA and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Operations Research; Production & Management Systems; Human Factors Engineering; Manufacturing Systems.
  • list items List of Labs: PRISM: Production, Robotics and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management; State Utility Forecasting Group.
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    Material Science

    The School of Materials Engineering at Purdue has the distinction of serving the needs of the widest possible disciplines and the industry. The approach of the school is based on the idea that with proper understanding and realization of the materials, their applications can fundamentally create cheaper, more efficient, and more durable solutions.

    This is the spirit that informs the structuring of courses, training, and research at the school. The school enjoys program level collaboration with global industry leaders and offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Metallic Alloys; Manufacturing of Materials; Computational Materials Science; Electronic materials; Materials Characterization; Ceramics and high-temperature materials; Polymers, Biomaterials, and Composites.
  • list items List of Labs: Product Lifecycle Management; Purdue Center for Metal Casting Research; Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center (CMSC); PRISM: Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems.
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    The School of Mechanical Engineering offers one of the best graduate programs in the US. The school is known for its world-class faculty that believes in training students by offering the latest course designs and hands-on experience in the various subfields of mechanical engineering.

    With its special emphasis on interdisciplinary training and research, the school has made its name by producing leading researchers not only for ME projects but for almost every other allied engineering disciplines. The available programs in the department are BS, MS (thesis and non-thesis), MS (online), MS (professional), BS/MS (5 years integrated), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. 

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Design; Systems, Measurement, and Control; Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion; Combustion, Energy, Utility, and Thermodynamics; Mechanics; Heat Transfer; Manufacturing and Materials Processing
  • list items List of Labs: Cooling Technologies Research Center (CTRC); Perception Based Engineering; Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories; Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER); Herrick Laboratories; PRECISE- Purdue Research & Education Center for Information Systems in Engineering; Center of Excellence for Laser-Based Manufacturing; Maha Fluid Power Research Center; Center of Excellence on Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation; Center for Materials Processing & Tribology
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    Pure Sciences

    The College of Science has earned a distinction for fueling curiosity, novel educational methods, and research in pure sciences. The highly-rated performance of its students in pure science research and its role in aiding the applications of sciences in industry-based research projects has made its programs popular in the US.

    Its approach is defined as - not sacrificing the fundamentals of sciences yet opening the imagination of students towards the potentialities of the scientific world.

    Following are the departments in Pure Sciences Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics and Astronomy.

    BS program is available in each department. MS and Ph.D. programs in a variety of specialization tracks and research areas are available in each department.

  • list items List of Labs: Center for Materials Under Extreme Environments
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    For engineering departments such as Aeronautical, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Robotics, the placement rate was reported to be 95.65%, 92%, 100%, 100%, 92.77%, and 100% respectively.

    In the case of MS (Master of Science) graduates, the salary range for boys is $51k - $138k. For girls, the salary range is $42k - $113k. MS graduates found extremely satisfying jobs after graduating from Purdue University and rated job satisfaction 4 stars out of 5 on Payscale.

    Boys from ME (Master of Engineering) earn about $62k - $148k. On the other hand, girls fro, the ME course earn between $58k - $129k. The ME graduates were highly satisfied with the employment they got after graduating from Purdue University, and like MS graduates, they also gave 4 stars out of 5 in the job satisfaction column on Payscale.