Tech Insider Archives

The Tech Insider is a monthly newsletter from the dean sent to all Purdue Polytechnic faculty & staff.


August 2020

  • Protect Purdue and the Polytechnic
  • Updated PowerPoint templates
  • Techie T-shirts
  • Purdue Polytechnic welcomes 19 new faculty, staff
  • Six Polytechnic faculty promoted to associate or full professors
  • Undergrads research lifestyle habits for collegiate pilots, foundational game theory, Lyme disease instances in cities
  • Organizational leadership alumna balances business with family
  • First-year Polytechnic student honored as Emerging Leader
  • Voyles awarded Daniel C. Lewis Professorship
  • Magana approved for W.C. Furnas Professorship in Enterprise Excellence
  • Polytechnic students win multiple categories at annual airport-related design challenge
  • Purdue Airport staff transform glider into airplane, then back to glider
  • Strimel honored as Advisor of the Year
  • CGT student honored for autoimmune disease research
  • Butler Center awards research project grant to Kao, Laux, Ngambeki
  • Aug. 19: Purdue adds violation of Protect Purdue Pledge to student code of conduct regulations
  • Aug. 17: Video from President Daniels for faculty and instructors
  • Aug. 14: Current return-to-campus testing and after-travel guidance for faculty and staff
  • Aug. 4: Remote Work Procedures — Several new remote work resources and procedures are in place, including two forms that must be completed by Aug. 31
  • Reminder: Labor Day will not be a University holiday due to alternative academic calendar; employees must report to work or request time off for Sept. 7; holiday shifted to Dec. 23
  • All official coronavirus-related information and updates for Purdue University can be found at, including face mask protocols, event guidelines, visitor guidelines, travel guidelines and more
  • Purdue Computing Career Fair
  • BGR Polytechnic Welcome on YouTube
  • Submit videos for two YouTube series

April 2020

  • Finding success in changing times
  • Six Polytechnic faculty promoted to associate or full professors
  • Hartman leads Purdue effort to produce medical supplies
  • Polytechnic hosts middle, high schoolers representing Indiana’s Technology Student Association
  • Rogers: Could fighting coronavirus compromise cybersecurity?
  • Akdere invited to join G20 taskforce on economy, employment and education
  • Videos by French, the "YouTube sensation," reach 7 million views
  • Zimpfer among faculty recognized for making strong switch to online during COVID-19
  • Polytechnic’s recruiting and marketing and communications teams, with faculty, staff and students in every department, collaborate on 10 new live YouTube broadcasts for prospective students who can’t visit campus
  • What makes you “Purdue Proud?” Submit a one-minute video
  • Updates, new information provided for employees regarding COVID-19 pay, leave, time off
  • Adjustments made to performance, promotion deadlines
  • Center for Healthy Living offering guidance, risk assessment to those possibly exposed to COVID-19
  • Employee participation needed for talent sharing program
  • Email-based program to encourage participants to learn about health benefits of walking, moving more
  • Employee assistance counseling, other resources can help manage COVID-19 stress, anxiety
  • President Daniels announces launch of Safe Campus Task Force
  • Apr. 21 message from President Daniels regarding fall semester
  • Apr. 27 message from Vice President Bill Bell re: planning for summer, fall
  • All official coronavirus-related information and updates for Purdue University can be found at
  • Scammers gonna scam: What you can do to prevent falling for phishing attacks during COVID-19

March 2020

  • Adaptability: A hallmark of the Polytechnic
  • Teaching remotely
  • Things you need to know about COVID-19
  • Update from Provost Akridge
  • IT resources for COVID-19 preparedness
  • Wondering how to teach remotely? This CGT professor has been doing it for six years
  • Modern flight simulators, partnerships might help colleges address need for new pilots
  • Construction Management grad assistant named NSF INCLUDES trainee
  • Engineering Technology student receives Gilman Scholarship
  • Realistic-looking, high-tech gloves designed to not be noticed
  • Schuver receives Distinguished Service award from ASEE

February 2020

  • Purdue’s updated brand incorporates Polytechnic ideals
  • Purdue & Polytechnic brand resources
  • Flight skills, automation management both important for today’s pilots
  • Advanced global technology minor offers new option for improving intercultural awareness
  • Purdue Polytechnic Richmond to expand classes into the Innovation Center
  • Pope Francis invites Sheffield to discuss climate change
  • IN-MaC expands Design and Innovation Studio
  • New partnership connects K-12 students to manufacturing and future teachers to industry
  • How a guitar-building class can teach lessons in manufacturing, STEM and self-worth

January 2020

  • Our innovation continues
  • Polytechnic achieves record-high enrollment third year in a row
  • Recruitment, Retention and Diversity team connects students to success
  • Polytechnic High School opens second Indianapolis location
  • Collaborative research on the rise thanks to Research Impact Areas
  • New “distance doctorate” program the first of its kind
  • Gateway to Innovation: $140M complex to provide major expansion of instructional space
  • School of Aviation and Transportation Technology flies first class
  • CGT professors aim to create lifelike online teachers capable of emotion and emotional intelligence
  • CIT graduate researchers develop cybersecurity scorecard for Indiana government, businesses
  • Torbica appointed new head of School of Construction Management Technology
  • School of Construction Management hosts Indiana Building Academy
  • Engineering Technology adds two majors
  • Intelligent Learning Factory prepares Polytechnic graduates for Industry 4.0
  • Student teams share $10,000 in prize money, scholarship funds
  • Polytechnic locations bring Purdue promise to students across Indiana
  • Vincennes students study supply chain management in Europe
  • Fulbright Scholarship enables research in Russia on active learning, multicultural team dynamics
  • Alumni Spotlight: Amy Noah, Boilermaker & connection-maker
  • Polytechnic faculty, staff recognized for awards, achievements
  • Polytechnic presents awards to exceptional technology alumni


November 2019

  • Reasons to be thankful in Purdue Polytechnic
  • Cybersecurity education research could lead to creation of secure programming clinic
  • $1.7M Dept. of Energy grant to accelerate creation of sustainable aviation fuels
  • Capture the Flag competition promotes need for cybersecurity professionals
  • Human resource development program accepted by the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Techies Today podcast launches, featuring Purdue Polytechnic people, initiatives, research
  • Ngambeki hosts Indiana high school students, teachers at cybersecurity workshop

October 2019

  • Digital transformation shifting ways we work, think
  • New book from Salam addresses IoT’s role in a sustainable future
  • Human resource development students share internship adventures
  • TLI researchers win award for outstanding paper on human resource talent development
  • Purdue trustees extend Bertoline's term as Polytechnic dean

September 2019

  • Another year, another enrollment record for Purdue Polytechnic
  • Lilly grants $40M toward Gateway Complex
  • Sparkling honored with early career award from electrical construction foundation
  • Mott designs antenna system to improve rural network connectivity
  • Engineering Technology research assistant earns scholarship from ASTM International
  • Mechanical engineering technology grad developing food technology for NASA’s Mars missions

August 2019

  • Gateway facility to provide new Polytechnic labs, design studios and collaborative spaces
  • Half-Zip Pullovers for Faculty & Staff
  • Nine Polytechnic faculty promoted to associate or full professors, effective Aug. 12
  • Polytechnic student appointed to Purdue Board of Trustees
  • Polytechnic presents awards to exceptional technology alumni
  • Air operations specialist takes 3-hour commute for his Purdue job — by bicycle
  • Able Flight celebrates 10th year of Purdue partnership
  • Students incorporate alums’ Sage Clarity software into senior projects
  • Astheimer partners with Purdue car building/racing team for CGT students’ design challenge
  • Purdue Polytechnic receives $12 million award to create cybersecurity apprentice program
  • Smart Manufacturing Enterprise minor prepares students for advanced manufacturing careers
  • Virtual reality technology incorporated into annual archivists’ conference held at Purdue Polytechnic
  • Doddridge receives Purdue Polytechnic’s Lifetime Achievement Award

May 2019

  • Polytechnic success stems from innovative, dedicated work by faculty and staff
  • Polytechnic faculty, staff receive awards, recognition at annual luncheon
  • Nine Polytechnic faculty promoted to associate or full professors
  • Munguia receives Purdue’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamer Award
  • Burbank honored with McGraw Award by the American Society for Engineering Education
  • Benes elevated to elite senior member status by world’s largest computing society
  • Bartholomew wins award at ITEEA conference
  • Springer honored with Leadership and Diversity Award
  • Sanger becomes Fulbright Scholar
  • Diao earns patent to help drones fly in windy conditions
  • Clugh, Cox honored by Purdue’s Office of International Students and Scholars
  • Purdue, Frontier Airlines, Airbus collaborating to add passenger jet training to professional flight curriculum
  • Purdue Polytechnic partners with the Graduate School of the Colombian Air Force
  • Purdue’s Cybersecurity Camp for girls returns in June for third year
  • Colombia students earn wins at Purdue RCODI Spring 2019 IronHacks competition

March 2019

  • Smart Manufacturing Enterprise minor to help graduates meet industry needs
  • Professional flight program launches "Degree in 3" option
  • Bechtel center transforming how students create, learn
  • Rogers elected to board of American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Min receives NSF CAREER award to advance human/robot synergy
  • Laux receives Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Polytechnic certificate, workforce, youth programs readied for Madjax Muncie
  • Student teams recognized for high-tech ideas to mitigate human trafficking
  • FileTSAR cyber toolkit helps detectives solve digital crimes
  • School of Construction Management hosts healthcare construction conference

February 2019

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly to speak at Purdue about leadership, teamwork
  • Safety in Labs, Buildings & on Campus
  • Purdue aviation technology students receive iPads, Apple Pencils
  • Purdue Polytechnic announces Digital Enterprise Center for studying use of digital technologies, information across manufacturing enterprise
  • Digital manufacturing research begins at new Manufacturing Design Laboratory
  • Three Polytechnic faculty receive awards for most outstanding teachers at Purdue
  • Researchers explore converting plastic waste into clean fuels, other useful products
  • Improved firefighting robots could save fire service, public lives
  • Custom technology by Polytechnic alum transforms Peter Jackson’s WW I film to full color
  • App helps new pilots improve radio communication skills
  • Polytechnic alums debut online speaker series
  • Polytechnic’s “pet project” gives adopted dog “a leg up”
  • Construction Management hosts inaugural Indiana Building Academy

January 2019

  • We have dramatically transformed Purdue Polytechnic
  • Polytechnic enrollment reaches another new record
  • Our 10 Elements of Transformation
  • Graduate programs, research enjoy record-setting gains
  • First of its kind: How Purdue does high school


November 2018

  • What will the next 150 years bring for Purdue Polytechnic?
  • Malicious use of autonomous technology threatens public safety
  • Creating AI to help law enforcement investigate online cyberdeviance challenged by quantity, context of language
  • Future workforce to benefit from robots, smart materials
  • Purdue, Cranfield partner to offer degrees supporting U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • IMPACT training provides tools, techniques for modernized teaching
  • Cheeseburger in space? Purdue AMET students say it’s really about technology and useful skills
  • Aviation students gain international problem-solving experience via unique capstone course
  • Polytechnic camp for manufacturing, innovation, technology welcomes high school students, families around state

October 2018

  • Tyler Trent demonstrates true Boilermaker spirit to national audience
  • Engineering technology professor patents method for transmitting power, data via ambient light
  • Bartholomew presented with STEM Champion Award
  • CIT professor researches how fighting cyberdeviance affects police officers
  • Intellectual property policy inspires Polytechnic grads to found startup company
  • Reminder: Nominate former students for 2019 Technology Alumni Awards by Oct. 31

September 2018

  • Six words both define and celebrate Purdue Polytechnic
  • TECH 120 mentors needed
  • Nominate former students for 2019 Technology Alumni Awards
  • Submit your events for publicity
  • “Civic and Community Engagement” helps connect Polytechnic research to real-world problems
  • “Future Work and Learning” research explores maximizing human potential in the workplace
  • Research projects aim for “Healthy and Sustainable Communities”
  • “Holistic Safety & Security” research focuses on critical infrastructure, cybersecurity
  • “Realizing the Digital Enterprise” research addresses IT, real-world convergence
  • IN-MaC internship program provides first step toward career achievement
  • Purdue, CADENAS PARTsolutions partner to enhance student learning of parts management technology with CAD and PLM systems
  • Degree+ allows Polytechnic students to earn bachelor's degrees in science, art simultaneously
  • Airport data logging improved by new product developed by Purdue professors
  • Industry demand for cybersecurity experts remains hot
  • TLI professor uses grant award to bring virtual reality training to archivists nationwide
  • Cyberbullying challenges student victims, parents
  • New faculty & staff

August 2018

  • New academic year – celebrating and looking forward
  • Air Force partners with Purdue for cadet pilot training initiative
  • Crowe, Purdue announce digital risk collaboration
  • Purdue Polytechnic, Anark partner to deliver best-in-class Model-Based Enterprise and Digital Thread curriculum
  • Purdue Polytechnic teams with Indiana University to improve workforce readiness
  • Warfare Systems Engineering & Technology graduate program coming to NSWC Crane
  • CareerMakers to help find employees for unfilled South Bend-area jobs
  • Human Resource Development professor named CILMAR Faculty Research Fellow
  • Popular “Brain Waves” video series explains challenging math concepts to millions
  • Purdue professor receives 2018 Career Achievement Award from Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State
  • Engineering/Technology Teacher Education professors win Salinger Award
  • Zimpfer honored with Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at International Builders Show
  • High school students run Mars simulation at Polytechnic New Albany
  • High school girls gain cybersecurity experience at Purdue camp
  • Turned Onto Technology And Leadership Camp welcomes rising high school sophomores, juniors
  • Aviation faculty host 22 Chinese government, airport officials

April 2018

  • Ever-changing technology requires ever-adapting curricula
  • Promotions approved for seven Polytechnic faculty
  • New design and innovation minor now offered
  • Purdue Polytechnic South Bend recognized as “best for a technology degree” in region
  • Fred Klipsch selected for space council Users Advisory Group
  • Award spotlights need for design students to understand sketching
  • Mark French receives Murphy Award
  • Office of Undergraduate Research awards 12 research scholarships to Polytechnic students
  • Purdue Polytechnic hosting Tech Expo, an innovative business-to-business trade show
  • Cybersecurity Camp for girls returns in June
  • CIT plans inaugural career fair

February 2018

  • Additional labs, research & office space will facilitate Polytechnic growth
  • Indiana Gov. Holcomb says Polytechnic Anderson facility is “recipe for success”
  • Technology & fitness STEM training program for teachers incorporates computational thinking research
  • Project Lead The Way gave CGT student “a leg up”
  • Polytechnic Buzz: Nanoline automation contest; Engineering Technology academic advisor wins award; PLM Center of Excellence announced new partnerships

January 2018

  • Why it is our time to lead
  • First-year students display problem-solving creativity at project showcase
  • Curricula transformation on display in capstone collaboration with Denmark university
  • Spread the word: Multiple career fair events for Polytechnic students coming in late January, early February
  • Dream Wall reveals students’ future hopes for the world
  • “Techie Tuesdays,” “I’m A Techie” shirts build community, increase retention


December 2017

  • Innovation Magazine is on the way

November 2017

  • Research with Impact
  • CareerMakers workforce development site to launch at WestGate @ Crane
  • Dean's Dinner Lab gives donors a sampling of Polytechnic's active learning environments
  • Polytechnic Buzz: Daily train traffic in Columbus inspires CIT students; Golf Scramble raises funds for scholarships

October 2017

  • Polytechnic commitment to “use-inspired” research grows
  • Notary, Minnick, and Sheehan scholarships benefit students
  • Faculty & student research highlighted in monthly newsletter
  • Visit by Pence brings attention to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson

September 2017

  • Total enrollment reaches all-time record; Anderson new facility dedication attracts hundreds
  • Programs in CIT & TLI help Purdue score new #1 rankings
  • Recruitment staff explore unique ways to connect with prospective students
  • Bechtel Innovation Design Center dedicated
  • Two Purdue Polytechnic faculty members are participating in the 2017 Dawn or Doom conference

August 2017

  • Polytechnic transformation continues in new academic year
  • Grab your "I'm A Techie" t-shirt during Welcome Week
  • Summer appointments: Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Aviation and Transportation Technology head
  • 15 new faculty & staff join Purdue Polytechnic
  • Purdue Polytechnic High School welcomes first-ever students

April 2017

  • Restructuring planned for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  • The annual Purdue Day of Giving is coming soon
  • Computer and Information Technology earns Top 4 ranking
  • Second annual Purdue Aviation Day returns to University Airport
  • Polytechnic Buzz: "Big ideas" for interdisciplinary research; NSF funds research into “dark patterns” of user experience design; Congresswoman visits Anderson’s new facility.

March 2017

  • Transformation is providing high-impact, experiential learning
  • Computer Graphics Technology degrees earn Top 12 ranking
  • Leadership Academy mentors students for career success
  • 2017 Innovation Summit is coming soon
  • Polytechnic Buzz: Improving safety with a "smart" sensor; Student startup company wins competition.

February 2017

  • New global partners established in India & Colombia
  • Uniquely qualified: Employers describe Purdue Polytechnic graduates
  • Six professors honored at inventors reception
  • Computer graphics alumni work on award-nominated films
  • Polytechnic Buzz: AMET students; Purdue Polytechnic High School's first-year location

January 2017

  • Calculated risks challenge status quo
  • Seven professors join Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute
  • TechConnect Portal
  • Polytechnic Buzz: Game studies major proves popular; Anderson students create BoilerBot, a robotic greenhouse
  • Spread the word: Career fairs aim to connect students to employers