Innovation 2020

PURDUE POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE | 2020

INNOVATION


Gateway to Innovation

"Gateway" project to provide major expansion of Polytechnic, Engineering instructional space


Record-high Enrollment


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Purdue Gateway Building - Innovation Magazine

School of Aviation and Transportation Technology

The faculty and staff of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology continue to pursue solutions to remedy the aviation industry’s grand challenges. This year, among other initiatives, the school established an accelerated “Degree in 3” program, formed partnerships with industry leaders, launched advanced flight simulators and enacted an Air Force pilot training program.

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School of Aviation and Transportation Technology flies first class

Department of Computer Graphics Technology

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.

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CGT professors aim to create lifelike online teachers capable of emotion and emotional intelligence

Department of Computer and Information Technology

Researchers from the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) created a “scorecard” to assess organizations’ abilities to defend against cyber threats. And in February, CIT hosted a 24-hour brainstorming session to “Fight Human Trafficking in the Americas.” More than 200 students contributed ideas; two winning teams incorporated video technologies in their high-tech solutions.

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CIT graduate researchers develop cybersecurity scorecard for Indiana government, businesses

Idea challenge: Student teams devise high-tech methods to fight human trafficking

School of Construction Management Technology

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.

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Torbica appointed new head of School of Construction Management Technology

School of Construction Management hosts Indiana Building Academy

School of Engineering Technology

Besides initiating two new majors (computer engineering technology and energy engineering technology), the School of Engineering Technology (SOET) has established the Intelligent Learning Factory to teach “Industry 4.0” manufacturing technologies. And Ken Burbank, head of SOET, was honored with the McGraw Award by the American Society of Engineering Education.

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Engineering Technology adds two majors

Intelligent Learning Factory prepares Polytechnic graduates for Industry 4.0

Burbank honored with McGraw Award by the American Society for Engineering Education

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.

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Student teams share $10,000 in prize money, scholarship funds


Other Stories

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

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.

Research

Research

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.

Recruitment, Retention and Diversity

Recruitment, Retention and Diversity

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.

Purdue Across Indiana

Purdue Across Indiana

Thanks to Purdue Polytechnic’s multiple locations located throughout Indiana, students can reach their collegiate goals regardless of where they reside.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Jim Tanoos takes a global approach to helping students study supply chain management. Since 2017, Tanoos has shepherded his students onto planes and into four cities in Europe.

Purdue Polytechnic High School

Purdue Polytechnic High School

Purdue Polytechnic High School, a tuition-free public charter school aligned with Purdue University, opened its second Indianapolis location in fall 2019.

Fulbright Scholarship

Fulbright Scholarship

Phillip Sanger is using a Fulbright Scholarship to study intercultural and gender influences at play in team dynamics by teaching at Kazan National Research Technological University (KNRTU) in Russia.

Faculty and Staff Recognition

Faculty and Staff Recognition

Purdue Polytechnic faculty and staff are recognized frequently for their achievements. This summary covers awards and recognition received from December 2018 through November 2019.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

As vice president for development, Amy Noah serves as Purdue’s chief connection-maker, focusing on building relationships between the University and alumni, friends, corporations and foundations.

 
Distinguished Technology Alumni

Distinguished Technology Alumni

Purdue Polytechnic honored 11 of the college’s graduates as Distinguished Technology Alumni, Outstanding Technology Alumni and Early Career Alumni awardees.