Diversity Within the Polytechnic

The Edge Effect, definitions:

1. In nature, the landscape where diverse ecosystems converge, resulting in new biological life-forms. 

2. In technology, the connection of people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, resulting in the most creative and innovative ideas and solutions.

The Importance of Diversity in STEM

To increase their ability to recognize and incorporate new ideas to solve today’s grand challenges, students at Purdue Polytechnic are highly encouraged to connect and collaborate with students of different backgrounds, experiences and knowledge bases.

If you have a love of technology, exceptional scholastic drive and a desire to make the world a better place, Purdue Polytechnic would like to be a step on your path to success. Apply today.


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Club Sports

Club Sports

At Purdue, you don’t need to be a full-time athlete to participate in sports. The Club Sports program offers dozens of sports teams, including co-ed and single-gender, to get your heart beating!

Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Housing

Sorority and Cooperative Housing


Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Organizations

Woment in Construction Management



  Meet Our Students

Meet these Polytechnic students, hear about their majors and listen to their advice.

  Meet Our Alumni

"At the Purdue construction technology department, I found a staff of quality instructors with sound construction experience to draw from, and a course curriculum that included business management, business and contract law, engineering as well as construction management."
Claude Powers
Building Construction Management
Melody Birmingham-Byrd
"The work I've done over my career demonstrates that progress is in the making, and that boundaries can be removed when it comes to what women, African Americans or people who come from non-traditional backgrounds in their industry can do when they have the desire, tenacity, ability and are provided the opportunity."
Melody Birmingham-Byrd
Organizational Leadership
Timothy Coffey Alumni Profile
"I run a non-profit called the Crystal Dreams Foundation, assisting underprivileged students in California, Indiana and Ohio, enabling them to attend colleges and trade schools geared for all industries."
Timothy Coffey
Building Construction Management
Dato' Shahriman Shamsuddin
"The time I spent at Purdue provided me with the technical competence I view as the solid foundation required in running a technology-based business."
Shahriman Shamsuddin
Industrial Technology
Orlando Ashford Alumni Profile
"I have always been attracted to big opportunities that pose significant mountains to climb. My parents always challenged me to think big and expect the best."
Orlando Ashford
Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Alex Coleman Alumni Profile
"My degree afforded me the opportunity to learn how to apply all of the elements of critical thinking into solving business and technology problems for Verizon and our customers. This ability has allowed me to compete effectively for managerial and executive level positions throughout my 26-year career."
Alex Coleman
Electrical Engineering Technology