has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Charles D. Davidson ('72) and his wife, Nancy, to its .
The gift will create multiple endowments in support of efforts to recruit, retain, and advance top-tier faculty; initiate new teaching and research programs; support graduate students; and maintain and update research instrumentation. In addition, a strategic initiative fund will provide financial support in areas where it is needed most. In recognition of the gift, which the Davidsons were prompted to make by initiatives under way at the school to promote leadership in both education and research, the school will be renamed the Charles D. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.
"My chemical engineering education at Purdue helped me to become successful in the technically complex world of oil and gas exploration and development," said Davidson. "Nancy and I also know that alumni support of higher education is critically important to enhance program quality and facilities. We want students to get the best possible education in facilities that are of the highest quality and in classes taught by outstanding faculty."
"Our students and faculty have extraordinary ideas that will change the world for the better," said Sangtae Kim, the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering. "This gift will be the catalyst to support their research ideas and allow [them] to flower."