Task Force Tips CEO supports Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering
“I don’t know where I would be if Purdue Northwest hadn’t been there for me,” said Stewart G. McMillan, a Purdue University Northwest (PNW) alumnus and CEO of Task Force Tips, a firefighting equipment company started by his father and headquartered in Valparaiso, Indiana.
McMillan, who studied engineering, wanted to impact the lives of today’s PNW students while expanding entrepreneurial opportunity in the region. He, along with his wife, Kathryn H. McMillan, believe a new student engineering design studio at PNW’s School of Engineering combines both ideas into a single innovative hub.
Wanting others to share their vision for the center, the McMillans decided to offer a challenge grant of $300,000 supporting PNW during the Purdue Northwest Day of Giving event April 25. Dietmar Rempfer, director of PNW’s School of Engineering, is excited for the opportunity the dollar-for-dollar matching gift affords.
“With the McMillans’ generous support, we have the chance to raise $600,000 in one day,” said Rempfer. “That jumpstarts the fundraising for this important project for Purdue Northwest and the entire region.”
Rempfer said the center will give undergraduate engineering students cutting-edge tools to tackle today’s biggest challenges, within a space conducive to innovation and collaboration.
It’s the kind of environment McMillan understands leads to a brighter future. “Creativity is a nebulous thing. It comes from multiple people coming together in the same room to spark big ideas,” he said.
Purdue Northwest Day of Giving
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends of the University to take part in the April 25 Purdue Northwest Day of Giving, a 24-hour opportunity to give to PNW and to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and more. Donations can be made online through 10:59 p.m. CDT (11:59 p.m. EDT) on April 25. Information about donations, how to give to a specific college or cause, and various giving challenges and matching funds is at PNW.edu/dayofgiving.
Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering
Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering is recognized for its expertise in mechanical, civil, computer, and electrical engineering. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school No. 26 among the Best Engineering Programs in the United States among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.