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College of Technology

Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation

The Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI) prepares students to be dynamic leaders in several technological fields. From tackling global challenges to implementing more efficient systems, leaders in the 21st century need to be able to think critically and creatively, work as part of a team and be open to new technologies and their uses.

A degree in one of the TLI programs provides the tools necessary to successfully navigate a broad range of professional opportunities and challenges. Students gain expertise and experience in leading the innovation process, which, simply put, means bringing new solutions from concept to widespread use.

Our graduates have found their own successes in nearly every industry that requires strong and innovative leaders, including education, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing and more. Many are also successful entrepreneurs who learned some of their early business lessons at Purdue and the College of Technology.

The department offers degrees in four areas: engineering/technology teacher education, industrial distribution, industrial technology, and organizational leadership and supervision. A minor in biotechnology is also available. The degrees are technology-based and interdisciplinary, with a large number of courses that provide experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories.

The student-oriented faculty members are experts in their fields, and they continuously pursue scholarship and professional development. In addition to the formal academic offerings, the department sponsors student organizations, field trips, participation in academic and industrial conferences and other extracurricular activities supportive of students’ academic and professional development.

Accrediting Information

The industrial technology (IT), industrial distribution (ID), and organizational leadership and supervision (OLS) programs are accredited by the Association for Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE); IT and ID are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET; and the engineering/technology teacher education degree program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

College of Technology Statewide

The College of Technology Statewide offers degrees in industrial technology and organizational leadership and supervision at a number of Indiana locations. See College of Technology Statewide.

Biotechnology Minor

Biotechnology refers to harnessing the properties of a living organism to develop and manufacture products that benefit human life. The combination of biological sciences with high-technology applications is predicted to provide solutions to major national problems by creating new generations of industrial biotechnology with great potential for economic impact. There are current and projected shortages of graduates with the knowledge needed in the growing biotechnology industry; this minor in biotechnology will help meet these demands. The minor is an interdisciplinary partnership among the colleges of Agriculture, Pharmacy, Science and Technology. Requiring 22 credit hours to complete, the biotechnology minor is open to all Purdue undergraduate students regardless of major. Read more at www.tech.purdue.edu/tli.