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Director Doodads

Hello future collegians (fancy word for college students)

I hope you all are all getting re-acclimated to school days as the fall is upon us.  We are super busy here in the Office of Future Engineers (see picture) and look forward to seeing you on campus. I thought I would give you some quick tips on getting your applications complete.  

  •  Have a system like a spreadsheet that lists all deadlines for all colleges.  These deadlines will sneak up on you and they are all different. For Purdue Scholarships, the deadline is November 1st. Since we are rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the more space is available.

  •  Confirm universities have received all of your materials. At Purdue you can do this online.

  • Include a letter of recommendation. This is not required, but it will never hurt if you ask someone to write the letter who knows you and likes you.

  • Do not rely only on spell check for your applications and essay. Have a live person look it over.

  • Be persistent yet pleasant while requesting transcripts and letters of rec from teachers and counselors. Give them as much notice ahead of time as possible.

  • Fewer, quality applications (4-7) is better than doing a ton of applications knowing you can only choose one.  This will cost less, take less time, and open up spots at schools for kids who really want to go there.

  • Try not to take the decisions personal (this is hard). If you want to go to college, you will find a great  place.  Highly selective universities make decisions on multiple criteria and can’t accept everyone who is qualified.  You are smart, creative, and the only you on the planet. You can be successful at multiple universities and what you do on campus is more important than which campus  you’re on (there is data!)

  •   Stay positive and be excited!! Going to college will be awesome. Enjoy your senior year and try not to get too wrapped up in the process.

  • If I can ever be of any help, ping me!!

Quick nap between appointments…just kidding
Quick nap between appointments…just kidding

Best of Luck!!

David Bowker

Director of Future Engineers


Dreaming of a white… Spring Break?

Spring is in the air! The crazy winter is finally coming to an end! In the past couple of days we’ve been getting days with temperatures in the 50’s! What a nice break after the long days of cold and snow! There is always a sense of excitement in the air as us students get ready to break out the shorts and sunglasses. In fact I busted out my shorts and boat shoes on both Monday and Tuesday.

It’s a great feeling when you can sit outside in the sunshine getting some homework done or even running to grab a Den Pop on Chauncey Hill. One of my favorite spots to sit between classes is on the grass in the area surrounding the clapping circles. It’s a great place to sit and do some homework or even to lay back and catch some Z’s listening to Purdue students flying airplanes overhead.

Clapping Circles

My favorite thing about the spring here is that despite the ever looming threat of finals nearing, Purdue provides tons of great things to break up the studying. For example, I just bought tickets for a Justin Moore concert that will be in Elliot Hall on Thursday! Yeehaw! You bet I’ll be there in my cowboy boots and plaid shirt! As someone from good ole Floyds Knobs Indiana I have to represent my country side every now and then. On top of Justin Moore, I have tickets to go to Life in Color in April. This will be my second year going and I can’t wait to hear MGK, Cash Cash, and Adventure Club doing their thing!

Life in Color 2013
Last Years Life in Color!

Spring is this awesome sign to us students that WE MADE IT! After realizing that you weathered a cold snowy winter at Purdue there’s nothing that can stop you! The professors try and bring your good mood down with exams but even those can’t stop you! In fact, my professors decided to team up on me and schedule three exams in the same week. Talk about lots to do! However, with Spring break only a week away I just keep telling myself that all of my hard work will be rewarded! I’m not heading to the sunny beaches of Florida this Spring break like a lot of my friends, but I know that Indiana will treat me well!

With the weather warming up you have to love the excitement in the air! The only thing that can get you down is a return of that nasty winter weather. Unfortunately despite the excitement over the increasing temperatures, crazy Indiana weather decided to strike again! I woke up this morning ready to throw on some shorts only to realize that there were a couple fresh inches of snow on the group! What a bummer.  Hopefully the snow will all melt for Spring Break! No one dreams of a white Spring Break!

Anyways, I’ve got two exams later today and another tomorrow! I’ve been working hard and I’m ready to kick some butt! I Hope all of you are as excited for Spring as I am! Just three quick hurdles (exams) that I have to jump and then I’ll ready to enjoy the warming weather to its fullest! Here goes nothing! Wish me luck!

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. http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120326KingCeleritas.html

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.

Blogging Bullets

Two guys sitting in front of Armstrong Hall of Engineering

Welcome to our Future Engineers blog page! I am David Bowker, Director of the Office of Future Engineers. I do not consider myself as a creative writer and am certainly not revered for my typing speed. So I have adapted – I Live my life in bullets. So that is how my blog will roll. Helpful I hope and to the point. We have a lot of fun here at the College of Engineering so I hope that creeps in as well.

  • I am so glad you are interested in Purdue Engineering!!
  • Scholarship (Merit) deadline to summit admissions application is November 15th.  Please beat that date by a lot!!
  • Weather has been beautiful here. Come visit!! https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/InfoFor/FutureStudents/VisitUs
  • Make sure and take your picture with Neil as I did above. This is a new Purdue tradition!
  • Boiler Up