Honors Houses

The Purdue Honors College is organized by a “House” structure. The Honors Houses are intellectual and social communities that enable our students and faculty to forge stronger connections with each other. The houses offer events, activities and camaraderie for all of our 2,200 students. In a nod to the Honors College icons of the forge and the torch, the houses are named after forgeable metals.

Throughout human history, the forge has been a site of skill, artistry and creativity, where metals are made into innovations. Worked and shaped by the hands of the artisan, metal is crafted into objects of use and beauty. Strong yet malleable, metal is conductive, durable and lustrous. Your mind is your material. You are the artisan. Become whatever you can imagine.
Ignite your imagination. Forge your future.

Titanium House: With the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal, the lustrous titanium is strong but not dense.

  • Head Preceptor: Dr. Emily Allen

  • Faculty Honors Preceptors:
    • Dr. Megha Anwer, Dr. Frank Dooley , Dr. Jonathan Harbor , Dr. Christina Tran

    Resident Honors Preceptors
    • Emily Johncox, Bridget Curry, and Emily Maegerlein

    Silver House Pure silver has the highest conductivity of electricity of any element. Plus, it’s also the best reflector of visible light, making it among the brightest of metals.


  • Head Preceptor: Dr. Kris Bross

  • Faculty Honors Preceptors:
    • Dr. Charlene Sullivan, Dr. Kris Bross, Dr. Tom Turpin, Dr. Marcos Fernandez

  • Resident Honors Preceptors:
    • Ben Watson, Delores Robinson, Lauren Ballamy, Taylor Blandford, and Daiana Partiu
  • Copper House With a long history copper is the first metal used by humans. Its reddish color is unique and it has a high melting point of over 1,900 degrees F.


  • Head Preceptor: Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

  • Faculty Honors Preceptors:
    • Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

  • Resident Honors Preceptors:
    • Thomas Knowles
    • Michael Reeves
    • Aditya Desai
    • Lily Bishop
    • Eva Yezerets
  • Palladium House This silver-white, noble metal is named for the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the mythological giant slain by Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

  • Head Preceptor: Dr. Natasha Duncan

  • Faculty Honors Preceptors:
    • Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib

  • Resident Honors Preceptors:
    • Savannah Moyer
    • Sam Fargo
    • Nathan Hess
    • Darius Warner
    • Karthik Maiya
  • Platinum House A rare metal, platinum is highly malleable and ductile. Its extraordinary resistance to corrosion makes it one of the noble metals.


  • Head Preceptor: Dr. Jason Ware

  • Faculty Honors Preceptors:
    • Dr. Adam Watkins
    • Dr. Alan Friedman
    • Dr. Maren Linett

  • Resident Honors Preceptors:
    • Emma DeLong
    • Marisa Porras
    • Brian Johncox
    • Jason Li
    • Brandon Franz