Letter from the Head of School

Ken Burbank

The School of Engineering Technology continues to grow.

We are now the synergistic combination of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs. The 80+ faculty and staff serve more than 1700 students across the state, all dedicated to improving the quality of life for our neighbors.

The integration of the degree programs continues to be guided by our Industry Advisory Councils. Their consistent message is this: ensure our programs emulate the current job market partnership between electrical and mechanical engineers, while exploring more interdisciplinary options. New majors in fields such as robotics, mechatronics and energy can help our students stand out even more when they are entering the workforce. The mix of disciplines remains a strong focus in our Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute is focused on the transformation of the learning experience. What, where and how we teach are being scrutinized to empower student learning. One of the ten elements of the learning transformation is integrated learning in context. We know that students learn and retain more when they have a deep understanding of the context or purpose of their learning. To facilitate this type of learning, we are creating lab-based experiences that blend material between courses during a semester, and from year to year. We are incorporating this horizontal blending and vertical integration around three thematic areas: energy systems, autonomous electric vehicles, and a smart learning factory. Tying learning outcomes to practical experiences is the hallmark of engineering technology education.

It is an exciting time for the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Engineering Technology. While the pace is quick, the rapid change is bringing a sense of vibrancy and energy to us all. It is a great time to be in the college, so stay in touch and stay engaged.

Boiler Up,

Ken Burbank
Head of the School of Engineering Technology
Purdue Polytechnic Institute