The recent Chronicle for Higher Education article is an excellent summary for the need to change in higher education, and much of it centers around what we have been advocating in the College of Technology related to the “student experience”.
I found a number of very salient points for our efforts... Read More
A few months ago I read the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I learned a lot about what made Apple Computers and Pixar so successful under the leadership of Steve Jobs. Although he could be a terror to work for, it was because of his relentless pursuit for excellent products. The book is a long read but Professor Terry Burton from our CGT department shared with me a short article titled... Read More
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