Purdue Polytechnic Spotlights

Purdue Polytechnic has extraordinary students, faculty, staff and alumni. Many have stories to tell that go beyond their plans of study, their jobs or their research. Read their stories — and see yourself here.
It was computer graphics or nothing at all for Kaileen Kraemer, who grew up transfixed by animated films and cinematic video games. When she first found Purdue’s Computer Graphics...
Date April 11, 2024     Written by Rachel Ashley Rachel Ashley
The following piece is an interview conducted last semester with Suzy Meh, a student in Purdue’s human resources development major (or HRD). HRD is under Purdue Polytechnic’s...
Date February 17, 2024     Written by Nick Pompella Nick Pompella
Xingyu Lei is a 2020 Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) department graduate, who now works in video game development for Sony’s PlayStation division as a senior technical artist. Game...
Date January 25, 2024     Written by Rachel Ashley Rachel Ashley
Like many young professionals in China, Fan Yang found herself in a strange situation in 2021. “With only two years of work experience under my belt, I [was] standing at a crossroads,...
Date August 24, 2023     Written by Nick Pompella Nick Pompella
The Persistent Pursuit, Purdue University’s publication highlighting the community’s outstanding stories, recently spoke with Purdue Polytechnic’s Greg Strimel. This...
Date May 11, 2023     Written by Nick Pompella Nick Pompella
In a new interview with The Persistent Pursuit, Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award winner Bryan Hubbard gave some revealing insights into his background and teaching...
Date May 11, 2023     Written by Nick Pompella Nick Pompella
Gryphon Mawhorter has been making guitars for as long as he’s known how to use power tools. A junior in audio engineering technology (AUET), it was clear to Mawhorter long before he...
Date May 09, 2023     Written by Nick Pompella Nick Pompella
In July 2020, Julie LaGrange received some of the worst news one can receive: a diagnosis of stage two breast cancer. After battling for a year and a half and coming out cancer-free, LaGrange...
Date April 06, 2023     Written by Alison Manges Alison Manges
One of the most popular courses in campus is MET 34900 (Stringed Instrument Design and Manufacture). Given that students get to design and build their own guitars in the course, it’s no...
Date February 21, 2023     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
  It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday morning, and Angel Price (BS mechanical engineering technology ’07) is already on the move. She walks fast, passing industrial-size...
Date February 13, 2023     Written by Jared Pike Jared Pike
There’s more than one way to fly. When a childhood medical issue with his eyesight delayed his plan to become an airplane pilot, Hudson Tsang took his father’s advice and checked...
Date January 31, 2023     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
A new partnership with a national college outreach and youth leadership development organization gave 11 first-year students a chance to become Boilermakers. Purdue partnered with the Posse...
Date December 20, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Toni Munguia, Purdue Polytechnic’s director of recruitment, retention and diversity, was named a recipient of the 2022 Special Boilermaker Award for her dedication to Purdue....
Date December 12, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Markell Jones (BS professional flight ’19) was always fascinated with flying. He has his father, a pilot, to thank for that. “My Dad would share stories with us, and I could tell...
Date November 28, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
What’s one way to become a true-blue Boilermaker? Do what Tatiana Ringenberg did: Earn all of your degrees at Purdue. Ringenberg, assistant professor of cybersecurity in Purdue Polytechnic...
Date November 21, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Mike Reckowsky, director of industry relations in Purdue Polytechnic, says companies that sponsor students’ senior capstone projects receive working prototypes that address real-world...
Date October 10, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Faith Spencer was a good math and science student in high school, and she’s from a family with multiple Boilermakers. So participating in summer engineering programs for high schoolers was...
Date September 26, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
How did building cities in the dirt with toys and listening to soccer games on the radio lead a boy from Colombia to a distinguished career in industry and higher education that spanned three...
Date September 22, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Mike O’Gara, a 1994 Purdue mechanical engineering technology graduate, helped coach race car driver Marcus Ericsson to victory in the 2022 Indy 500. O’Gara, director of...
Date July 15, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
James Letsinger, a 2013 graduate of Purdue Polytechnic’s Construction Management Technology program, is the project manager for Shiel Sexton Company who is overseeing construction of...
Date July 08, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Toni Munguia, Purdue Polytechnic’s director of recruitment, retention and diversity, is affectionately known as “Miss Toni” to legions of current and past Purdue students...
Date June 24, 2022     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Sharita Ware, a graduate of Purdue’s engineering-teacher technology education post-baccalaureate Transition to Teaching program, received the 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year Award....
Date October 27, 2021     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Scott Bess wears many hats. Bess, the founding executive director of the Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) network and a recent appointee to the Indiana State Board of Education, was...
Date September 24, 2021     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Abby Perez is a user experience engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Purdue Polytechnic’s UX Design program with a minor in psychology...
Date March 18, 2021     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar fights crime using cyberforensics, a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to evidence found in computers and digital storage media. Seigfried-Spellar,...
Date February 16, 2021     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
When an automobile accident sidelined a Purdue graduate for a few months in 2018, Danielle Render (BS organizational leadership ’17, BS multidisciplinary engineering ’17)...
Date February 01, 2021     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
A professor in Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute will meet Pope Francis to discuss sustainable energy and how it might positively affect climate change. John Sheffield,...
Date February 04, 2020     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Keeping the lights on at a major land-grant research university, says Amy Noah, is just as much about building and fostering connections as fundraising. As vice president for development,...
Date December 16, 2019     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley
Melody Birmingham-Byrd came to Purdue to study accounting, but she found her calling in technology management after she started her studies in organizational leadership. Melody graduated in...
Date November 01, 2019     Written by John O'Malley John O'Malley