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 2200 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.
With the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal, the lustrous titanium is strong but not dense.
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.
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.
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.
A rare metal, platinum is highly malleable and ductile. Its extraordinary resistance to corrosion makes it one of the noble metals.