In mid-2019, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a major construction project for Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute and College of Engineering. The “Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway” project will provide a total of 255,000 gross square feet and will increase both the quality and quantity of instructional lab space.
Ragu Athinarayanan and Grant Richards are organizing Purdue Polytechnic’s Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative to prepare graduates equipped to make decisions and solve problems based on data from artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and other advanced technologies in automation and data exchange.
In fall 2019, Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology introduced two new majors that are now available as part of the electrical engineering technology program.
For three years in a row, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute achieved record enrollment at its West Lafayette location.
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 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.
As vice president for development, Amy Noah (BS organizational leadership and supervision ’94) serves as Purdue’s chief connection-maker, focusing on building relationships between the University and alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. She believes that nurturing healthy, long-lasting relationships is the best way to find the support that Purdue needs to advance its mission.
Purdue Polytechnic faculty and staff are recognized frequently for their achievements. This summary, presented in chronological order, covers awards and recognition received from December 2018 through November 2019.
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. He is also creating a four-year spine of courses that will help KNRTU students learn to manage real-world projects in challenging multicultural teams and help professors there incorporate project-based learning throughout their curricula.
Purdue Polytechnic High School, a tuition-free public charter school aligned with Purdue University, opened its second Indianapolis location in fall 2019.