Letter from the Head

It is official: On December 14, 2013, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the School of Engineering Technology within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The new school is a true combination of equals, joining the departments of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.

The task of bringing together two departments, whose culture and strengths mirror each other, was not taken lightly. Members of our Industrial Advisory Boards, many of whom graduated from these programs, weighed in on our decision. The consistent message was this: help our programs emulate the current job market partnership between electrical and mechanical engineers, while exploring more interdisciplinary options. New programs in fields such as robotics, mechatronics and healthcare technology can help our students stand out even more when they are entering the workforce.

I am elated by the possibilities this new academic unit provides to our students, our industry partners, and the future employers of our graduates. By removing the departmental barriers, we are more able to adjust our degree programs to meet the needs of a changing global workforce while enriching and strengthening our degree programs even more.

It is an exciting time for the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the School of Engineering Technology. Over the coming months, the change will be more fully reflected within the Purdue Polytechnic and Purdue University webpages and in other printed materials.  As always, questions and comments are welcome, so please feel free to contact me with any you may have about the School of Engineering Technology.

Boiler Up,

Kenneth Burbank
Head of the School of Engineering Technology