Students study unmanned aerial vehicles

Students are learning how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the first class at Purdue University focused on drones.

The course, taught by Michael Leasure, associate professor of aviation technology, touches on several technologies that work together to allow an aircraft to fly on its own. This is the first time he has been able to offer the course because the technology has finally advanced enough to make it feasible and legal.

Donald Malackowski

Don Malackowski’s parents made sure he had access to “a never- ending supply of spare parts and components” with which to build and invent things. That hands-on environment, he says, helped him choose the College of Technology for his electrical engineering education.

Ken Harness

Ken Harness credits his early successes in the aviation industry to the College of Technology’s applied approach to learning. While others were learning on the job, he says, “I was making things happen out of the box.”

Daniel Dimond

Growing up, Dan Dimond had many passions: tinkering with anything mechanical, race cars, engines, and racing in general. While these interests led him to the College of Technology, it was his professors who motivated him to follow his father’s career path in HVAC design.

With guidance from professors Charles Thomas, Frederick Emshousen, and Hal Roach, Dimond learned how to break down complex problems and to be concise, logical, and practical. He uses these same lessons today as a professional engineer and businessman.

David Bozell

With an interest in architecture, David Bozell started looking for colleges based on their architecture programs. What he found were programs steeped in traditional methods. While meeting with Prof. Terry Burton at Purdue, however, Bozell began to see how new technologies could be applied to such a program.

His success in the classroom — as a student, teaching assistant, and professor — has created a solid foundation for his Lafayette-based business, CG Visions Inc.

Dan Post

Dan Post always enjoyed using math and problem-solving skills to help people develop new solutions. For him, Purdue’s Department of Computer and Information Technology was a perfect choice because it allowed him to apply what he learned in the classroom to real-world situations that impact people’s lives.

Brad Morton

Growing up in a small rural town in northern Indiana, Brad Morton had a narrow view of career possibilities. Pursuing a degree at Purdue University was a significant stretch for him. Once he was settled in the College of Technology, Morton found an outlet for his fascination with connecting innovation to practical applications. And with guidance and encouragement from professors, such S.L. Pritchett, and his future wife, Susan, he continued to stretch to meet new challenges and opportunities.

Chuck Goodrich

The product of a small town, Chuck Goodrich wasn’t sure he would be able to excel at Purdue, but with the guidance of Bob Kiger and others, excel he did, turning an internship at Gaylor Inc. into a full-time career. Starting as an engineering associate in 1996, Goodrich is now Gaylor’s vice president and branch manager for its Indianapolis operations.

Thomas DeLong

Family life and community were inspirations for Thomas DeLong’s 30-year career in organizational behavior. Watching family dynamics and groups, he says, helped create an interest in how organizations and groups function. After receiving his doctorate in industrial supervision from Purdue, DeLong embarked on a career full of teaching and research. His academic activities have helped countless students, colleagues, and practitioners learn more about how leaders at all levels can make a difference and enhance business practices and organizational outcomes.

Steve Easley

Steve Easley has a real passion for Purdue and the College of Technology, having earned two degrees in five years and spending another 10 as a professor of building construction and contracting.


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