Purdue Program to Receive Support from Restoration Industry Leaders
Several leading restoration and reconstruction companies from around the country have come together to create an endowed professorship of reconstruction and disaster restoration in the College of Technology's Department of Building Construction Management. Disaster Kleenup International, along with fellow industry supporters, commit to generously pledging $150,000 each to Purdue's new program. The faculty member in the position will be charged with developing and overseeing an academic emphasis for students who want to specialize in this area.
"Purdue is the national leader in building construction management, and this gift will help us establish the country's first education program focused on rebuilding communities that have been ravaged by disasters," Purdue President Martin C. Jischke said. "The devastation from these disasters - like what has been seen in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita - present special challenges in rebuilding, and Purdue will be on the forefront of meeting those challenges."
Purdue University's College of Technology is one of the largest and most renowned technology schools in the nation with more than 30,000 living alumni. Nearly 6,000 Purdue students are currently pursuing College of Technology degrees in nine technology disciplines, including Building Construction Management Technology.
"As we have all witnessed first hand, the impact of disasters seem to become more severe with each passing year, and the challenges of running an increasingly complex disaster response business have grown exponentially at the same time.", says Dale Sailer, President of Disaster Kleenup International. "We applaud Purdue University for recognizing this tremendous market need. Thus we are delighted to be able to help support this important initiative which will ensure that the next generation of our industry's leaders will have the diverse skills necessary to meet the expanding needs of the market with operational excellence and management distinction."