Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Membership Guidelines


The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is one of twenty-three academic units at IUPUI and has one of the largest undergraduate enrollments. The School offers academic programs in engineering and technology that lead to certificates, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, as well as a joint Ph.D. program with Purdue University, West Lafayette in biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. The School has traditionally had strong ties to local business and industry because of its emphasis on practical application of technology and a faculty and student body experienced in the work place. Over the years, the School has sought the advice of business and industry leaders by establishing advisory groups for the School as a whole, for individual departments and for specific programs or projects.

The School established its current structure for the Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council (DIAC) in 1996-1997, composed of leaders representing a wide spectrum of industrial organizations located in central Indiana.


One of the most important tasks for the DIAC is to contribute to the School’s strategic success. The DIAC focuses on aspects of the School’s relationship with business and industry and addresses such issues as:

  • Guide the School & advise the Dean:
  • Advocate for the School in industry and in the community
  • Guide the School’s investments in people and in fiscal stewardship
  • Support the delivery of instruction, the scholarship of teaching & learning, student services & advising
  • Help position the School as a pillar of the IUPUI research campus
  • Assist the School expand its role and value as an economic development mechanism
  • Aid the School in the pursuit of excellence in its core mission by advancing a culture of diversity


The DIAC meets four to five times annually. The formal meetings are approximately two hours in duration and are complemented with informal time for networking among the members. The agenda reflects the interests of the DIAC members. The fall meeting is open to the alumni board of directors and all departmental and program advisory boards, and provides an opportunity to discuss items and issues of relevance to the industry partners, alumni, and the School. The December meeting recognizes the accomplishments of the past year, provides opportunity for self-assessment, recommends adjustments to tactical and strategic objectives, and transfers leadership to the new Chair and Vice Chair.


DIAC membership is extended to business enterprise. Individuals representing a particular company are appointed for a three-year term. Terms are renewable on a case-by-case basis.

Ex-officio DIAC members from the School include the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations, and the Director of Industry Relations. Other University and School administrators and faculty may be invited to attend the meetings as appropriate. The Director of Industry Relations provides administrative support to the Chair.

The Chair will serve a term of one or two years. The Vice Chair serves a two-year term, one as Vice Chair and then rotating into the position of Chair when the Chair’s term expires. The Vice Chair shall nominate his/her replacement at the December formal business meeting.

The Chair will be responsible for assessing the DIAC’s value to industry and the School through an annual survey or other means, and reporting the results to the DIAC members each December.

The Chair will be responsible for assuring the diversity of DIAC membership on many dimensions such as small business, industry segment, minority and female representation.

A standing subcommittee governing the creation or dissolution of subcommittees will consist of the Executive Committee - Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, Dean, Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations, and Director of Industry Relations. All committees are complemented with School representatives as appropriate and meet between the formal business meetings.

From time to time, members may be requested to serve on special committees established by the DIAC.


School guidelines for DIAC membership are as follows:

1. DIAC membership is generally extended to a company as opposed to an individual.
2. Members representing the company are appointed for a three-year term.
3. In some cases, a company may appoint more than one member.
4. Upon completion of the membership term, the company may appoint a new individual to serve on the DIAC in order to refresh interest and expand the community network or the company may request the same individual serve another sequential membership term.
5. If a member retires, changes employment, or must abandon representing the company for any reason during his/her term, the company should identify a replacement.
6. Companies that perceive no benefit in being a member of the DIAC and/or are not actively participating in DIAC activities may elect to terminate their membership at any time.
7. The School may terminate the membership of an organization if opportunity for a mutually beneficial relationship no longer exists.
8. If a member has no active affiliation with a company, the member may continue their DIAC membership if requested by the Dean.
9. Active members who retire from their company and have demonstrated a record of strong participation in the DIAC may be requested by the Dean to serve as an Emeritus DIAC member with reduced expectations for committee involvement and regular attendance at DIAC meetings.
10.  DIAC members are requested to contribute an annual donation of $1,000 or more to the School’s Foundation accounts in support of student scholarships and excellence.