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
This is another excerpt from a document I created when I interviewed for the position of Dean of the College of Technology. That full document can be found on this site under the tab labeled Documents and Presentations. The full document is titled “Future College of Technology.” In this excerpt I try to explain what it means to be a technologist.
Technology is the... Read More
About a week ago I returned from our fall break and looked through the mail I had received while away from campus. In the mail was a clipping from the campus newspaper, the Exponent, of an editorial titled: Professors should teach more instead of doing research (http://www.... Read More
I thought I would share the remarks I made at the College of Technology’s Scholarship Reception that was held on Saturday, October 8, 2011, before the Purdue vs. Minnesota football game.
Good morning and welcome everyone to the College of Technology’s Scholarship Reception. What better way for me to celebrate my first 100 days as Dean than to... Read More
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for a series of meetings but also to see Purdue’s Solar House which the College of Technology has taken a lead role. The solar house was quite impressive with a good mix of technology and aesthetics making it one of the most competitive entries of the 19 from around the world. Although it ended up in second... Read More
My next few blogs will be excerpts from a document I created when I interviewed for the position of Dean of the College of Technology.
The College of Technology has made great strides since its creation in 1964. From our humble beginnings we have grown to be the third largest college at Purdue with 10 locations around the state of Indiana. Much has been accomplished in the... Read More
As many of you know, I am using the tag line “Good to Great” to describe our efforts to transform the College of Technology over the next few years so we are recognized as the undisputed leader in technology education. Good to Great comes from the book titled Good to Great by Jim Collins written in 2001. That book studies companies that for years were good companies but suddenly... Read More
Melissa Dark, associate dean for research and strategic planning, shared a report titled Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education. It is a long read but the Executive Summary gives a good overview of the report. The premise of the report... Read More
I wanted to share a few of my observations and experiences that I had at the ASEE Conference. The meeting was held in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The convention center was located next to the Olympic torch used in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and was the location for paper presentations, meetings and the vendor exhibition floor.
One new technology that caught my... Read More