To all of those hurting, especially those in the Black community, know that we stand with you and support your right to be seen and heard. Our actions will make it clear that Black lives and dignity matter to us. Change will only happen when we all stand together.
“Nothing endures but change.”
This quote from a 6th century BC Greek philosopher is timely and relevant to events we are all experiencing today. We had to quickly change to offer our courses online with little notice or time for preparation – and we succeeded. We had to implement social distancing and change the way we work, and we have done so well enough to keep Purdue University and the Polytechnic Institute viable and functioning in spite of the change thrust upon us.
In an unprecedented time of change and uncertainty due to COVID-19 precautions, I am amazed and delighted by the ways in which Purdue Polytechnic Institute students, faculty and staff have stepped forward to meet a new set of challenges with persistence, innovation and collaboration.
COVID-19 presents a situation unlike any that most of us have faced. Since adaptability is a Polytechnic hallmark, I have absolute confidence in our ability to rise to this challenge.
We have witnessed the launch of an updated Purdue University brand. I am thrilled to see a University-wide brand that so aptly applies to our college.
Happy New Year, and welcome to the start of a new semester and a new decade. We have all heard of making resolutions at this time of the year and no doubt have made some of our own. Our resolution for this decade should be to continue being “pioneers of learn-by-doing and use-inspired research.”
From curricula to teaching methodologies to real-world work experience, we continue to improve how the Polytechnic delivers education… and we have achieved dramatic growth along the way.
We are entering the holiday season with Thanksgiving, so I would like to take this time to reflect on what I am thankful for.
I recently read “Digital Transformation,” written by Tom Siebel. The book suggests that we are undergoing a period of mass extinction and mass diversification in our economy and society, brought about by the confluence of four profoundly disruptive technologies: elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Digital transformation has its roots in two waves. The first wave was digitalization, with the arrival of the personal computer. The second wave was the internet.
The University’s official enrollment numbers for Fall 2019 include great news for our college: we have a record-setting number of Purdue Polytechnic Institute students.