One of the great pleasures of being the Dean for the College of Technology is meeting with our alumni. I learn so much from their experiences since leaving Purdue and how their degrees helped them in their careers. I also have the opportunity to meet fascinating alumni who have had great careers and life experiences.
This week I am in Arizona meeting with alumni, and... Read More
Mary Johnson, a professor in our Department of Aviation Technology, shared this article about Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner with me.
Although the article describes the problems Boeing is having related to their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the main premise of the... Read More
Steven Lincoln from our Communications group was reading the 25th anniversary history of the College of Technology and shared with me this quote from our first dean, Charles Lawshe. To quote:
” . . . universities, particularly land-grant universities, must continually modify and adapt their curricula and their educational delivery structures, sometimes producing faculty... Read More
Manufacturing is making a comeback in the U.S. thanks in part to the re-shoring of jobs as well as a slowly healing economy. It is critically important that this nation have a strong manufacturing-based economy if for no other reason than for national security reasons. For example, many computer parts and electronic devices are manufactured in Asia and Europe and no longer in the US... Read More
On December 7, 2012, I presented to the faculty and staff my recommendations for transforming the college. To paraphrase from my proposal:
The College of Technology is at a critical moment in its history as the original reason for its formation is no longer the primary reason for its continued existence and relevance. Technology today is very different than it was 50 years ago.... Read More
Shown below is the text of a presentation I made on Friday, March 23, in Richmond, Ind. The College of Technology at Purdue has programs in 10 different locations across the State of Indiana in addition to its programs on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus. One of those locations is in Richmond. We are introducing two new bachelor’s degree options, and I was asked to make a presentation... Read More
In the College of Technology we have made “good” progress over the last few years with increasing the number of women faculty, staff, and students. However, we need to redouble our efforts and find innovative ideas that will result in “great” progress. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the college and have a number of initiatives underway. Let’s use... Read More
I just read an article in the New York Times titled “True Innovation“.
The article is a brief history of Bell Labs and description of how the lab scientists, engineers, and technologists worked together to create one of the most prolific labs that produced... Read More
There is a lot of talk these days about the shortage of engineers in this country and the lack of interest in general in the STEM disciplines. The lack of interest in the STEM disciplines is especially acute with women with the notable exception in the field of biology. There are multiple reasons cited for this problem, and the College of Technology is not immune to these challenges.... Read More