New Era at Purdue University
As you know, Purdue is partnering in a program with universities in France and China to help prepare students foster their entrepreneurial spirit. The Global Entrepreneurship Program was the focus of a piece in Bloomberg Businessweek (http://buswk.co/T6DTGX).
Within Purdue, Krannert continues to partner with the College of Education on the Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics. This semester’s speaker is Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, which provides citizens a method to help fund projects posted by K-12 teachers. His talk on philanthropy and innovation (http://bit.ly/X6xRlP) will be at 7 p.m. on February 7
In addition to partnering with the College of Education, the Krannert School recently hosted a joint event in Hong Kong with the College of Science and College of Engineering. The deans of the three schools—Chris Earley, Jeff Roberts and Leah Jamieson—all spoke at the event, which is pictured above.
The Krannert School continues to perform well in annual rankings done by Eduniversal, a European-based online high education selection tool. The Krannert School’s is ranked 16th overall in the United States (up from #19 last year), and several areas were ranked among the best both in North America and globally: http://bit.ly/119G2jZ.
A top-ranked school requires great faculty working on great ideas. Some examples of projects currently being funded:
Associate Dean and Professor Ananth Iyer is one of four co-principal investigators on a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Purdue researchers are working with faculty at Tuskegee University on a “green” project to replace conventional electronics with more sustainable technologies (http://bit.ly/YCtdTj).
Professor Ellen Kossek, who just joined the Purdue faculty, brought a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health as President of the Work and Family Researchers Network. She was featured in a column in Leading Effectively (http://bit.ly/TTdmys).
Associate Dean and Professor David Schoorman is a member of a research team that received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to investigate trust across cultures. Professor Schoorman’s team members are former students of his (now on the faculties at North Carolina State University and Singapore University).
Professor Suresh Chand has one of 12 projects funded as part of Purdue’s strategy for “Engaging with India” (http://bit.ly/X6zcJp). Professor Chand is looking to expand the university’s manufacturing partnership with TVS Motors, where Krannert graduate Venu Srinivasan manages Sundaram Clayton.
Top-notch faculty require top-notch support. Tom Brown received the Clerical/Service Staff Service Award from the Dean’s Office for his outstanding work at the school. His service extends to the community as well, where he coaches a basketball team comprised of children with special needs: http://bit.ly/11bwtG2.
Krannert students also strive to make a difference in the community. The students will sponsor a “5K for a Cause” at 9 a.m. on March 30, with proceeds to benefit Special Olympics. Students also have organized a Women in Business Conference (http://bit.ly/UAKbOk) for February 9, and the student-run School of Management Employers Forum has more than 100 companies registered for this week’s Spring Career Fair (http://bit.ly/WdVw8b).
A team four students from Purdue’s Business Opportunity Program won the Midwest Diversity Case Competition, held at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Our students displayed their analytical insight to beat 23 other teams from schools such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and the host school.
Krannert senior Doug Booth was one of two inaugural recipients of the Harold DeGroff Endowed Scholarship, presented to students based on their outstanding entrepreneurship skills and their participation in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Harold DeGroff was a longtime engineering faculty member who also taught at Krannert; his son, Joe, is a member of the advisory boards for Purdue’s Discovery Park and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.
Faculty and staff are invited to nominate a graduating senior for the Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year award. Nominations are due February 18 and can be found here: http://bit.ly/Vw7Ty4.
And proving that you can play and learn at the same time, MBA students are learning gamification concepts in a new class taught by Professor Karthik Kannan: http://bit.ly/14qMir9.
Top CEOFinally, congratulations to Krannert graduate Marshall Larsen. He was named by Harvard Business Review as one of “The 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” (http://bit.ly/UAMEsg). The ranking measures the ability of CEOs to create long-term value for their companies in a global and corporately responsible marketplace.