Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - 9:56 am

Purdue Calumet advancements since 2001

Purdue Calumet advancements since 2001


  • Chancellor Howard Cohen becomes the fifth campus leader of Purdue University Calumet.
  • Student success becomes the foundation of a newly-introduced, 5-year university strategic plan. The plan also focuses on faculty/staff excellence, developing a high performance learning environment and expanding Purdue Calumet’s partnership role for advancing positive change and economic growth in Northwest Indiana.
  • Fall enrollment is 9,103.


  • The Purdue Board of Trustees approves a plan for Purdue Calumet to develop campus student housing.
  • Professor of Biology Charles Tseng receives a $2.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the effects of radio frequency fields on the function of human and bacterial genes.
  • Researchers/Biology Professors W.T. Evert Ting and Tseng use DNA fingerprinting to pinpoint sources of E.coli that can lead to water contamination and summer beach closings.
  • With Hispanic enrollment of nearly 1,200—the highest of any post-secondary institution in Indiana—Purdue Calumet is nationally recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report.


  • Two, new degree programs debut: a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a 2+2 associate and baccalaureate offering in computer graphics technology.
  • A $5.5 million chemistry laboratory improvement project is completed in the Gyte Science Building.
  • In support of its strategic vision to provide a high performance learning environment, help students succeed and improve economic development in Northwest Indiana, Purdue Calumet kicks off a $10.8 million, five-year “Plan for Success campaign, the largest in university history.


  • Construction begins on the first campus residential facility: a 376-student, $16.5 million apartment-style complex.
  • The Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center is established.
  • A bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision: safety, health and environmental option, and a professional certificate in emergency management debut.
  • The Thomas Ray Crowel Endowed Professorship in Science and Technology Education is established.
  • Purdue Calumet athletic teams adopt “Peregrines” as their new nickname and mascot.


  • Purdue Calumet’s first residential students move into the newly-completed, University Village campus apartment complex.
  • The university consolidates its instructional activities in south Lake County with the opening of the $9.1 million Academic Learning Center.
  • To relieve long-time, campus parking congestion, an 860-space, $11.5 million parking garage is built.
  • Purdue Calumet establishes its Water Institute to advance Northwest Indiana and local economic development.
  • The School of Nursing also launches the Northwest Indiana Center for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.
  • Four endowed professorships are established: The Whiting Lodging Services Professorship in Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Professorship for Economic Development, The Nisource Charitable Foundation Professorship of Energy and the Environment, and The Francis and Elsie Meyer Professorship for the Purdue University Calumet Water Institute.
  • A trip to China by a university contingent produces several agreements that will cultivate growing international student enrollment, while strengthening teaching and research collaborations with colleagues and institutions abroad.


  • To attract more prepared and motivated students who will improve academic quality and retention & graduation rates, Purdue Calumet introduces a plan to increase minimum admission standards incrementally over the next five years.
  • Purdue Calumet enters the era of supercomputing by joining Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Dept. of Energy as a partner in the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid project.
  • The campus celebrates 60 years of serving Northwest Indiana.
  • A civil engineering baccalaureate degree is introduced. Distinctive bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer engineering replace the former Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
  • A Student Health Services Center opens on campus.
  • Eleven faculty consultants and student interns, representing 11 majors of study provide expertise and assistance to seven, cutting edge clients of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana high-tech business incubator.
  • Associate Professor of Biology Feng-Song Wang becomes the first Purdue Calumet faculty member to receive funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke—in the form of a $211,500 grant to further research on the regeneration of damaged nerve connections.


  • The university’s 5-year “Plan for Success” fundraising campaign surpasses its original $10.8 million goal and generates $17.5 million in support of student scholarships, faculty grants, construction and development projects, and business training.
  • Completion of a $1.34 million instructional information technology modernization project produces virtual classrooms and versatile, personalized computing facilities that can accommodate students across campus and across the world.
  • Purdue Calumet becomes manager of the Northwest Indiana Small Business Institute.
  • After Purdue Calumet announces a decision to introduce in 2008 experiential learning as a graduation requirement within all undergraduate academic degree curricula, Chancellor Howard Cohen receives the National Society of Experiential Education’s (NSEE) Higher Education Leader of the Year Award.
  • The Purdue Calumet Water Institute, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, receives a $1 million award from BP to research emerging technologies and approaches to minimize discharges into Lake Michigan.


  • Purdue Calumet adopts a formally structured program of experiential learning as a graduation requirement for all incoming, baccalaureate degree-seeking students. Initiation of the program comes on the heels of the university receiving a $1.7 million U.S. Dept. of Education Title III grant to develop the program.
  • Following the close of the previous university strategic plan cycle, Purdue Calumet introduces a new, 6-year plan that emphasizes fostering engaged learning, preparing an educated local workforce and citizenry, and developing a vibrant campus community, as well as building on previous efforts to improve student success and support faculty/staff excellence.
  • New academic programs focus on mechatronics engineering technology, computer information systems, equine management and a master’s degree offering in technology.
  • Scientific researchers of Purdue Calumet’s Water Institute, in collaboration with those from Argonne National Laboratory complete the first of a multi-phase study exploring emerging technologies and approaches for improving wastewater treatment options relative to industrial discharges into Lake Michigan.
  • The Energy Efficiency & and Reliability Center is active in more than a dozen energy-related research projects, partnering with local industries and other Northwest Indiana entities.
  • In partnership with the City of Hammond, Purdue Calumet becomes the first manager and operator of the Hammond INnovation Center, a small business incubator.


  • Fall enrollment increases to a record-setting 10,133, including more than 500 international students.
  • Of another record-setting nature, Purdue Calumet receives the largest monetary gift in its history—$5 million—from the Dean & Barbara White and Bruce & Beth White Family Foundations. The gift serves to enhance the university’s hospitality and tourism management undergraduate program, subsequently renamed the Purdue University Calumet White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, a research center that combines advanced simulation and 3-D visualization technologies to provide innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions for real world problems, opens on campus.
  • Nearly four years after becoming a residential campus, Purdue Calumet opens the doors of its second student housing facility. Development of the $16 million University Village II apartment-style complex increases to nearly 750 the number of residency accommodations on campus.
  • Associate Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar serves on the international high energy physics team of scientists that announces the discovery of “single top quark.” The discovery confirms parameters of particle physics that are important in advancing understanding of the nature of matter.


  • An accelerated online RN to BS baccalaureate degree completion program for registered nurses and Northwest Indiana’s only master’s degree program in computer science highlight new academic offerings.
  • Two more endowed professorships are established: The White Lodging Professorship of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism Management and the White Lodging Professorship of Food and Beverage Management in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • In its continuing efforts to attract prepared and motivated students, while building campus community, Purdue Calumet rolls out the first phase of a multi-year, intercollegiate athletics expansion plan. The university introduces teams in women’s volleyball, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis.
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chenn Zhou delivers the keynote address at the international Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition.
  • The university’s Center for Science & Technology Education and its director, Professor of Education Robert Rivers, play a leadership role in curricula development for the new Hammond Academy for Science & Technology charter school.


  • The August opening of the renovated Purdue University Calumet White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management and expanded Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation on campus is anticipated.
  • Purdue Calumet and the City of Hammond announce plans to develop jointly in nearby Dowling Park a sports complex that will provide facilities initially for university men’s and women’s tennis squads and ultimately men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball and women’s softball teams.

At mid-year, the sixth campus leader of Purdue University Calumet, Thomas Keon, will succeed Howard Cohen as chancellor. Cohen plans to remain at Purdue Calumet as a philosophy faculty member.

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