About the Hosts
The Krannert School of Management offers internationally ranked programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, executive MBA, and doctoral levels. The school is particularly known for its strength in the areas of operations management and quantitative analysis, which fits with its vision as “a premier institution for management and economics education, scholarly research, and the development of career opportunities for those interested in becoming leaders of technology-driven enterprises.”
In 2003, the Krannert School dedicated Jerry S. Rawls Hall, a privately funded, award-winning building that became the third facility in the Krannert complex. David Hummels serves as interim dean of the Krannert School and Professor of Economics.
The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship has as its mission to assume a leadership role in preparing the next generation of American citizens. Part of Purdue’s College of Education, the center provides programming to help educators integrate citizenship education across the K-12 curriculum.
This engagement takes the form of teacher institutes, direct student programming, curriculum development, and research –– all focused on improving citizenship education. Each year, Ackerman Center programming impacts thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across Indiana, and across the nation. Phillip J. VanFossen serves as the director of the center and as the James F. Ackerman Professor of Social Studies Education.
Purdue University’s Discovery Park connects major investments in research personnel, students, and facilities as a focal point for interdisciplinary research. Purdue’s sciences and engineering are world-class and Discovery Park links them in a unique, interdisciplinary culture to attack challenging problems of global significance—energy, environment, climate change, disease, healthcare. Broad industrial support generates innovation and positive economic impact. In new sciences like nanotechnology and advanced life sciences and in clinical fields like oncology, the people of Discovery Park push innovations to commercial development in an entrepreneurial environment. Discovery Park creates opportunities for partners to build companies and new technologies and for investors to help interdisciplinary science flourish.