Indiana Society of Professional Engineers   

A.A. Potter Chapter

Chapter Officers

President - David Kish, P.E.
Past President - James R. Knapp, P.E.
Vice President - Robin Ridgway, P.E.
Treasurer - James R. Knapp, P.E.
Secretary - Deborah J. Mann, P.E.

Committee Chairmen

Scholarship - John T. Gaunt, P.E.

Purdue Society of Professional Engineers


There will be a monthly officers' meeting at Puccini's on the Levy every second Friday of the month. Other members are welcome to attend.


Andrey Abraham Potter

The A.A. Potter Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers is named for a very special former dean of engineering at Purdue. Andrey Abraham Potter was born in Vilna, Russia, on August 5, 1882. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his early career was devoted to the development of steam turbines for the General Electric Company in New York from 1903-05. He then joined the engineering faculty at Kansas State University as professor of mechanical engineering; he served as dean of mechanical arts for seven years beginning in 1913. In 1920 he came to Purdue University and served as dean of engineering until his retirement in 1953; during his tenure, Dean Potter built Purdue into the largest and one of the most respected engineering colleges in the country. In 1945-46 he served as acting president of Purdue; he was offered the presidency but declined.

Dean Potter was often referred to as "The Dean of Deans" because of his large role in the direction of engineering education in this country during the twentieth century. He was dedicated to students and to engineering, even after his retirement; he always put people first. Dean Potter was widely known as a consultant to schools of engineering, to industry, and to government. He wrote several books on engineering and more than 300 scientific papers and articles. During his career, Dean Potter received honorary doctorates from 10 universities. He died in Lafayette in 1979 at the age of 97.

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