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September 24, 2013

Daniels, GE's Immelt to hold public discussion on innovation, talent

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Purdue President Mitch Daniels will sit down Oct. 3 to talk about how the company and the university can work together on global problems, and the public is invited to listen in.

"Meeting Our Challenges: A Conversation" will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

Among other things, Daniels and Immelt will discuss how innovation and talent development affect GE's global business environment. GE has been the top employer of Purdue graduates over the most recent five-year period.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center or Elliott Hall of Music box offices or by calling 765-494-3933. The Stewart Center box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Elliott box office is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Immelt will spend the day on campus talking to students, faculty and staff about the importance of continued cooperation between GE and Purdue, focused on the education of a global workforce and continued innovation through research.

GE will hold a free technology showcase from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118.  Students, faculty and the public will be able to meet GE researchers who are working on breakthrough technology in areas including advanced manufacturing, intelligent software, sustainable power and the future of medicine.   

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu 

Sources: Catharine Adair Whitten, senior director, strategic events and special programs, University Development Office, 765-496-2160, cadair@purdue.edu 

Tony Denhart, GE regional manager for university relations, Tony.Denhart@ge.com