Welcome to the 2011-12 academic year
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome faculty and staff back to campus as we conclude our preparations for the students returning to campus. I hope everyone had a restful summer and is ready for a very productive and exciting year.
For as long as I can remember the start of every new academic year has been a very special time for me. I always reflect on the enormous responsibility we all have towards our students, their parents and loved ones, business and industry, and our nation. We serve a vitally important role in our society and to humanity. I cannot think of anything more important than preparing our nation’s youth for productive careers and professions and the role we play in their maturation to adults.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." These are powerful words of endorsement of the great responsibility we have as faculty and staff at one of the greatest universities in the nation and the world.
As I start my term as your next dean, this fall has a very special meaning to me that goes even further than it has in the past. I do not take lightly the task of leading the college and the enormous responsibility I have to build on the strong foundation we have built over the years, especially under the recent leadership of Dennis Depew. It would be irresponsible of me to simply maintain what we have accomplished. My goal is to challenge the status quo and find ways to improve on what we do so that we can better serve the important role we have in our state, the nation and the world. I wish you the best and hope you all have a great year.
Gary Bertoline, dean
Faculty and Staff Profiles:
Getting to know Mihaela Vorvoreanu
Mihaela Vorvoreanu is an assistant professor in the departments of
Computer Graphics Technology and Technology Leadership & Innovation.
She studies the socio-cultural impact of new communication technologies.
Prior to her appointment in 2009, she was an assistant professor in the
Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University and the
Department of Communication at the University of Dayton, Ohio. She holds
a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue. She has published research
articles in the Journal of New Communications Research, Public Relations Review and the Journal of Website Promotion and a book about online public relations: Web Site Public Relations: How Corporations Build and Maintain Relationships Online.
Hutzel to be honored with 2011 Special Boilermaker Award
Bill Hutzel, professor of mechanical engineering technology, is one of
two recipients of the 2011 Special Boilermaker Award, presented by the
Purdue Alumni Association. The official presentation of the award will
take place between quarters of the Purdue football game against
Minnesota, October 8.
Academic Boot Camp helps with college transition
Purple camouflage T-shirts will help more than 50 first-year students remember the five weeks they spent on campus as part of Purdue’s STEM Academic Boot Camp. Not that they need any help remembering.
The program, which involves students from the colleges of Technology, Science, Engineering and Agriculture, allows students to immerse themselves in the academic and social life of college before the school year begins. It helps ease the transition to a different academic environment while providing insights about each student’s intended major. The diversity officer in each college coordinates the program.
This is the sixth year that the College of Technology has participated in STEM ABC.
IT grad student visits Milan on Italian Machine Tool Technology Award
The Italian Trade Commission awarded eight U.S. College students a two-week trip to Italy, July 4-16, to visit top machine tool companies and participate in an advanced international engineering program offered at Politecnico University-Milan, Italy. Dylan Schmitter, a College of Technology graduate student, was one of those chosen for the experience.
Schmitter, from St. Louis, Mo., earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology at Purdue’s College of Technology, and he is now pursuing his master’s degree in industrial technology.
Before and after his trip, he provided some background on the program and experience, on his summer internship with Kenworth, and his educational preparation.
News site features profiles, blogs and more
The College of Technology has a new online home for its news stories that offers a cleaner look, an improved search function, and other features that will help you stay up-to-date with what's happening around the college.
In addition to our regular news items and feature stories, the website houses every article from the most recent Innovation alumni magazine, includes a section for hosting blogs, and allows for comments and discussions on articles and posts.
We hope this new site helps you stay up-to-date with what's new at the College of Technology.
Nominate a first-generation college student for "Five Students Who . . ."
Do you know a student who is the first in their family to go to college? Someone inspired by their high school counselor’s passion for learning? Someone driven to find new knowledge that will advance their family business? Someone who knows that a whole new world is out there, just waiting to be explored? A student who chose a different road. A Path Maker.
The October 2011 “5 Students Who . . .” will feature their stories. Please contact Jason Mucher to nominate your “Path Maker” candidate. Providing detailed information on the student will increase their chance to be selected. Please complete your nominations by Wednesday, August 17.
University news of interest
SAIL and GSP grants
Grant proposals for Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) and Global Strategic Partnership (GSP) are due Sept. 14, 2011. Long-term, multiple discipline, sustainable program will be given top priority in the grant process. Visit the Web site for proposal guidelines. Contact Don Buskirk for assistance.
GPRI accepting incentive award proposals
Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute is accepting incentive award proposals for research projects, international workshops and international conferences relevant to GPRI’s mission and theme areas. Letters of intent must be submitted by Sept. 2. Deadline for proposals is Nov. 15. <link: >
Transportation Service has moved
The Harrison Street facility that currently houses Purdue's
Transportation Service will be removed to accommodate the roadwork for
two major highway construction projects, the relocation of U.S. 231 and
the creation of a perimeter parkway around campus. Transportation
Service is being relocated to three new campus sites. View a map of the new
sites. Read more about the move and how it will affect your use of services.
Are you interested in blogging?
The College of Technology communications office has created a web site
to host a variety of blogs that will highlight our people and programs.
We will have three initial blogs managed by our office, but are looking
to create additional blogs from the perspective of faculty, staff and
TechPoint to host Innovation Summit Nov. 8
TechPoint's annual Innovation Summit brings together entrepreneurs, executives and policymakers for learning, dialogue and debate on the central challenge of today’s economy – turning today’s ideas into tomorrow’s business breakthroughs. The Summit includes a keynote luncheon, a wide variety of innovation-themed activities throughout the day, and dozens of trade and industry booths.
This year's Innovation Summit will feature a keynote address by Randi Zuckerberg, spokeswoman and director of market development for Facebook.
Early bird ticket prices are $150 through October 14.
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Jun 9-13: TOTAL camp for 7th and 8th graders
Jun 11-13: Purdue Summer Leadership Institute, College of Technology at Richmond
Jun 13-16: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 20-23: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 23-27: TEAM camp for 9th and 10th graders
Jun 27-30: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 30 - Aug 2: STEM Academic Boot Camp.
Jul 10-12: Tapestry Workshop for high school leaders and teachers
Jul 11-14: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Oct 18-20: Deming Institute: Out of the Crisis – New Thinking for a Sustainable World, Purdue University