SEL Founder and President Ed Schweitzer and his wife Beatriz received the Distinguished Pinnacle Award at the Purdue University’s President’s Council Awards Dinner on October 19, 2018.
The Pinnacle Award recognizes the significant impact that gifts from donors have on University student and faculty programs, organizations, and initiatives.
In 2018, Purdue alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III, and his wife, Beatriz Schweitzer, donated funds to support the pipeline of innovation at Purdue, with $1.5 million going to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering or ECE to endow a professorship, and another $1.5 million to support the school’s power and energy systems research area.
“Purdue, of course, is dear to me and my family,” Schweitzer says. “Supporting education is important to Bea and me, and we’re pleased our gifts to Purdue will provide current and future students with the educational and life skills needed for future success.”
In addition to the two $1.5 million gifts, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) will build a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research in the Purdue Discovery Park District designed to support up to 300 new high-tech jobs.