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Krannert events to help kick off the Purdue Sesquicentennial celebration

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Take Giant Leaps

The Krannert School of Management will continue the Purdue Sesquicentennial celebration this fall with several high-profile events, including a conference, a pair of speaking series and an alumni symposium. 

It began with the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME), which held its annual fall conference on September 28 in the Purdue Memorial Union. DCMME has been the focal point within the Krannert School for promoting education, research and industrial engagement in operations and manufacturing management for more than three decades.  This year’s event focused on the topic of “Manufacturing Competitiveness: Technology, Agility and Personalization.”

Next on the agenda is the 18th annual Leadership Speakers Series on October 11, 2018, which is hosted by the Krannert School and the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis and will once again take place at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Taking “A Night of Champions” as its theme, the event will feature a discussion with Mike Bobinski, Purdue vice president and director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Ukari Figgs, a mechanical engineer and member of the Boilermakers’ 1999 NCAA women’s basketball championship team and former WNBA champions the Los Angeles Sparks; former Purdue men’s basketball All-American and current ESPN broadcaster Robbie Hummel; and former Purdue men’s football player Matt Light, who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

On October 16, Krannert will welcome bestselling author Michael Lewis for the Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics, a unique collaboration between the School of Management and College of Education's James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship.

Lewis, a non-fiction writer and financial journalist, is the author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blindside and The Big Short, among other works. His latest book, The Undoing Project, explores how the friendship between two Nobel Prize-winning pioneers of behavioral economics incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine and led to a new approach to government regulation.

Krannert’s events for the Purdue Sesquicentennial also will include the school’s second Boilermakers by the Bay, an innovation symposium at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, California, on October 23. A collaboration between the School of Management, the College of Engineering and Purdue Foundry, the event will feature speakers from both academia and industry.

The Purdue University Sesquicentennial Campaign, 150 Years of Giant Leaps, is a yearlong celebration of Purdue, its remarkable people, its unique history and its visionary drive to meet the world’s future challenges.

From Homecoming 2018 to Homecoming 2019, the Purdue community will spend the year celebrating its unique legacy, which has included giant leaps across every field of endeavor, and further advancing the mission set forth since its founding as a land-grant university in 1869.

With the campaign serving as a springboard for a renewed commitment to growth, innovation and discovery, Purdue’s call is simple: Whatever your pursuit, take Giant Leaps.