How can students learn when there aren’t enough teachers, especially in remote locations? To address the teacher shortage, professors in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology are creating virtual teacher avatars that can display appropriate emotion and – using webcams – recognize and respond to their remote students’ facial expressions and emotions in real-time.
In July, the Polytechnic welcomed Željko Torbica to the position of professor and head of the School of Construction Management Technology (CMT). Also, CMT faculty and staff hosted the Indiana Building Academy. The day-long conference assembles building professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and gives students the chance to interact with industry professionals.
Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation
The faculty and staff of the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI) have made their biannual capstone event – the Design and Innovation Challenge – as interesting and exciting for spectators as it is for students! The winning teams share $10,000 in prize money and scholarship funds for their inventions, such as a high-tech, customizable respirator mask.
Purdue Polytechnic launched a new Doctorate of Technology distance-learning program tailored to actively employed, working professionals. The new graduate degree program is the first Doctorate of Technology degree offered completely online by a Tier 1 research university.
Interdisciplinary research in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute uses a socio-technical approach to pursue one goal from many angles and create significant impact on global grand challenges. A unique, collaborative research style within Purdue Polytechnic is on the rise, with Research Impact Areas leading the way.
Purdue Polytechnic’s Office of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity (RRD) is made up of five individuals who assist and encourage high school students on their paths to college, and Polytechnic students on their paths through college.