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On the road again – I’m back in Texas

I’m back in the great state of Texas this week talking to students and high school counselors about Purdue’s Engineering program and cheering on the Purdue Solar Team as they compete in the Shell Eco-marathon.

I’m staring off the trip in Fort Worth and staying at the Stockyards. What a great and historical place. Had dinner last night at H3 and wondered into the bar area to check out the horse saddle bar stools and the “surprise” behind the bar.

After dinner I stopped in at the White Elephant Saloon where, so I’ve been told, the TV show Walker Texas Ranger shot several. scenes. The owner collects white elephants and there is a huge wall displaying them. On the ceiling are cowboy hats with the names of their donors.

Having a bit of free tome, Yesterday I walked the yards and visited a few shops before heading to a reception with some wonderful HS counselors in the Dallas area.

Today I’m headed to some of the museums here in the Stockyards before hopping in the car for the 4.5 hr drive down to Houston.

Stay tuned…






Back Home Again in Indiana – – – For now

After a whirlwind trip to Oak Brook IL, Minneapolis MN, and Miami FL, I’m back home in Indiana for a bit.  One the best parts about my job is that it allows me to meet some wonderful and exciting people from around the world both on and off campus.  To be honest, from a young age I wanted traveling to be a part of my job, that along with helping people.  Who knew that I would get to do both at the same time?

It’s a lot of fun to see the light-bulb of ideas switch on when talking to students and answering the sometimes unspoken question, “what do I need all this math and science for?”  For the students who understand a little about engineering, it’s fun to expand that knowledge by talking about the 15 different majors offered at Purdue.  This usually answers the unspoken question, “You mean there is more than mechanical, civil or electrical? What is Theater Engineering?”

While in Miami I had the opportunity to meet an Engineering Alum who became a corporate attorney for Southwestern Bell, which became SBC Global, which bought AT&T.  Wow, what a story he could tell being on the inside of such a trans-formative company.

As good as it was to travel it’s nice to be home.  We are now gearing up for families visiting campus and one of the biggest visit days of the year, February 18th, with Engineering Extravaganza kicking off the start of Engineers Week.   What an exciting time!

Spring Travel- Part 3

Day 2 in the Minneapolis area.

Just had the pleasure of speaking about college preparation, careers in Engineering and Purdue Engineering to 3 different Science classes at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka,MN. The students were great and I’m thankful to Ms. Purdy for this opportunity.

With a last name of Glenn and a wedding date of March 17 (St Patricks), I love trying an Irish Pub/Restaurant wherever I’m at. Today I’m at Kip’s Irish Pub and Restaurant for Lunch.

This afternoon, emails, nap as I’m running on 5 hours sleep, then maybe checking out the St. Paul Winter Festival.

Gotta go soup is getting cold.

Spring Travel- Part 2

The Dean’s Reception in Oak Brook, IL went well. We had about 150 guests which included Engineering Alumni from the class’ of 1941-2012, current students on Co-op in the area, Admitted students, and their guests.

Of the alums I met last night one graduated from Aero-Astro Engineering and is now a patent attorney and another one graduated Industrial Engineering is working in the Biomedical field.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the event.

This morning I was up at 4:30am to catch a flight to Minneapolis, MN where the Dean and I will visit a high school this morning followed by another reception tonight.

Stay tuned for more…

Spring Travel-Part 1

Spring is an exciting time in the Office of Future Engineers. Things are hopping with receptions and big visit days on campus. This year is even more exciting with the arrival of Purdue’s new president.

Today I am headed to Oak Brook, IL with the College of Engineering Dean, Leah Jamieson, and fellow colleagues for the first Dean’s Reception. The reception is a great way for Admitted Students and their families to meet the Dean and hear about her vision for the college. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet Engineering Alumni and find out where their Purdue degree has taken them.

Having the opportunity to meet our alums and hearing their stories is amazing. Meeting future students is exhilarating. Spending time with a visionary leader like Dean Jamieson is an honor.

I am so thankful to be a part of the College of Engineering and in a small way contributing to the future of our world.

More to come…


Washington D.C. (Part 1)

Some days I have to pinch myself because my job is so cool.

Imagine being told “we want you to go and hang out at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. and, oh by the way, you’ll get to meet some really cool people while your there.” Wow, did I ?!?

Over the three days in D.C. I got to see some really cool things, eat some really great food, and most of all meet some fantastic people.

In Part 1 of this series I would like to share with you some of the great People that I got to meet.  First of all we met several outstanding future engineering students from the northeast and hope to see them all on Purdue’s campus in the future. Unfortunately, since we were so busy talking I didn’t get pictures of the students and their families

In addition to the students I also had the opportunity to meet some names and faces that you might have heard of such as the Mythbusters (Jamie & Adam).

Mythbusters (Jamie and Adam) & me

These great guys have been to Purdue’s campus but it was nice to meet them in person. They are both really nice. I would have loved to had to hang out and visit for a bit or blow something up, but we all had to get back to work.

Mayim Bialik
(Big Bang Theory’s-
Amy Farrah Fowler)
& me

After walking blocks in the drizzling rain to catch a cab, David Bowker and I made it to the reception and, looking like a drowned rat, we got to meet Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler.  Mayim (AFF’s real name) has a PhD in neuroscience which is really cool. She was very nice and gracious to these two soaked Big Bang fans.

Josh Wurman w/ DOW
Storm Chasers (Discovery Channel)
& me

Living in the Midwest we hear about tornadoes all the time so shows like Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers really capture my interest, as they let me see tornadoes up-close from the safety of my sofa.  However the truth is that there are men and women in the field everyday who are braving these dangerous elements to try to keep me safe and for that I’m thankful too.  So the opportunity of meeting Josh from Storm Chasers and see the DOW up-close was fascinating.

Well that’s it for the people.  Stay tuned for the more great highlights from Washington D.C.

6 States in 2 Months

Spring is a busy time and this year has been no exception.

As in past years the Dean of Engineering, Leah Jamieson, likes to take some time to meet face-to-face with students who have been admitted to Purdue Engineering along with our Alums in those areas.  The Dean’s Receptions are a great way for students to meet each other as well as learn first hand from our alums about what life is really like after graduation.  This year we’ve held Dean’s Receptions in California, Washington D.C., Georgia and right here in Indiana.

Dean's Reception 2012Dean's Reception 2012In addition to the Dean’s Receptions, the Office of Future Engineers co-hosted an Admitted-Alumni Event at the Shell Eco-marathon in Houston, TX with Shell, Purdue Solar Racing, the Engineering Alumni Association and the Purdue Alumni Association-Houston Chapter.  Approximately 50 people attended the event on Saturday afternoon getting to know each other and cheering on Celeritas the Purdue Solar car.

Last but not least I had the joyous opportunity of driving to Colorado over spring break where my husband and I exchanged vows at a little chapel at Camp Alexander, located near Lake George, CO which is in the mountains behind Pikes Peak. We were blessed to experience a beautiful spring day in the mountains of Colorado as the weather was a sunny 60 degrees.  (Virtually unheard of for this time of year.)

So that’s it; six states in two months.
While I’ve spent a lot of time on the road during the Spring semester, I have still been able to meet and greet many of our prospective students and their families right here on campus. Whether it is here on campus or traveling the nation, I am thankful everyday to have the opportunity to wake up in the morning and go to a “job” that I love.  It’s been said that if you love what you do; you will never work a day in your life.  I believe this to be true.

Goodbye November – Hello December

It’s hard to believe that – fall semester is almost over!!

Next week is dead week followed by finals.  No one is quite sure why the call it dead week because life is anything other than quiet. This is the time of year when I tell visiting families to please forgive the glazed eyes of our students who seem to be sporting the proverbial dear in they headlight look as they are wrapping up final projects, studying for final exams, and looking forward to the much needed 3 week break.

What am I doing for the long break?
Well normally I would be here at my desk with the holiday music turned up, catching up on paperwork and pre-planning for the spring semester.  This year I’ll be off the entire month of December, kicking it off with a tonsillectomy followed by a family wedding and then Christmas with the family.

I know that normal people have their tonsils out when they are young. Then again, why be normal?  I hear it’s a great excuse to eat lots of ice-cream and pudding.
What are your tips for recovery?

Two weddings in one year.  It’s kind of hard to imagine that two of my nephews are getting married in the same year. Then again these two nephews graduated from Purdue at the same time so getting married in the same year seems appropriate.

My parents will be here in Indiana for Christmas this year and it is rather exciting as they still live in Colorado Springs, CO; in the home where I grew up.  Even though I’ve had a chance to see them several times this past year, there is something special about having them here in my home for the holiday

Well I had better get back to wrapping up the year. I hope that you have had a great 2011 and are looking forward to 2012 with an excitement and expectancy that a new year brings.

Happy holidays!

Home again in Indiana

Three states – three time zones – six days.
It was a rush; but what a great time!

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, CA for the first time to meet with students attending the SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) College fair. It was great having four of our top Purdue SHPE students join me in talking to future engineering students and answering questions about Purdue, Engineering and Student life.

While in California I had the opportunity to see Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, and had dinner at the Beachcomber on Crystal Cove (a must do if you are ever in southern CA).

After the college fair I hopped on a plane and headed to Colorful Colorado where during some downtime I had the opportunity to visit with family and friends over the weekend before heading to West Middle School (part of Cherry Creek Schools) in Greenwood Village, CO (Denver area) on Monday, October 31st.

I’m not sure if sitting through a class on “Engineering is Everywhere” was a Trick or Treat for the 360 8th grade Science students, but they all seemed to enjoy learning more about using Math and Science to change the world.

We are live! Really!

I love it when a plan comes together. After 2 years of planning we held our first webinar last night taking online chats to the next level. Wow what a night!

The two hour webinar featured fellow bloggers David Bowker and Kyle Loux on camera and Dennis Chu working with me off camera on the production side of things.  Also joining us on camera were PSEF members Parul Schroff, and Josh Folk and guests from around the world.  The great thing about the webinar is that it helps our guests know that when we say we have current students answering questions, we really do.  I’ve always thought that, when it comes to the online chats, someone out there might picture David Bowker and I sitting in a room pretending to be current students.  Kind of like the tv commercial where they past the phone around the room of four people all pretending to be customer service.  The webinars we hope will give future engineering students a better sense of their future student peers at Purdue.

If you missed the webinar or are curious about learning more then feel free to check out past our past episode at