The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was established in Purdue’s College of Science in 1967. From its inception, the department has been very active in conducting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, fostering engagement and outreach programs, and developing undergraduate and graduate programs that inspire students and prepare them to meet the needs of our changing world. The department has undergone major changes to its research and teaching programs, including the creation of a Planetary Group and the associated name change in 2012 to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). The combination of three interdisciplinary programs into one coherent department makes us unique within the university. EAPS has exceptionally qualified faculty, and is well positioned to lead discovery and learning in the earth, atmospheric, and planetary disciplines. Our faculty and staff provide expertise in diverse areas, including Tectonics, Geophysics, Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry, Environmental Geosciences, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Geoscience Education, Planetary Sciences, and many other areas. Our programs in research, graduate and undergraduate education, and public service make EAPS a leader in the College of Science and beyond. Finally, our research is globally recognized, our students are highly valued by employers, and our alumni are making significant contributions in academia, industry, government, and the space program.
Following the success of our previous strategic plans, the 2015-2019 strategic plan for EAPS was developed by a strategic planning committee based on numerous discussions and feedback from the entire department. The strategic plan has the objective of enabling us to continue to increase the impact of our department on our local and global communities over the next 5 years. It has been designed to take advantage of emerging research opportunities and challenges, and to continue to build our graduate and undergraduate programs toward higher national rankings. Our plans dovetail with the key themes of the strategic plans of the College of Science and the University, ensuring that we will contribute to the larger goals of the institution. This process helped to highlight areas of growth and necessary change, critical to meeting our goals and aspirations, which are ambitious but achievable.