Innovation at Purdue University happens when Boilermakers collaborate and persist to leave their mark, in small steps and giant leaps. With new interviews and stories every other Monday, This Is Purdue invites listeners to discover how Boilermakers across all disciplines are delivering practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges.
A cutting-edge, student-run organization, Purdue University’s Solar Racing Club has been building solar cars for 30 years. In time, the group has grown into a thriving, innovative collegiate solar car team, building multiple vehicles and competing in national and international events. Let’s meet some of the group’s standout students who help promote the possibilities of sustainable transportation.
The Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University helps girls and women discover their inner engineer. Among its numerous services, the program encourages future engineering students through engaging initiatives like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. We spoke with several participants about the importance of this annual gathering that promotes interest in engineering among early high school students.
Episode 26 - Puck, Yeah!
Active on campus since the early 1960s, Purdue University’s Hockey Club enjoys the enthusiastic support of students, alumni and sponsors. As a Division 3, ACHA collegiate-level organization, the Boilermakers compete within the Indiana Collegiate Hockey Conference. Skilled competitors on the ice, the club’s dedicated members play their home games at either the Fuel Tank in Fishers or Pop Weaver Ice Arena in Indianapolis. They share their passion for the sport with us here.
Representing Purdue University both on and off the field of play, student-athletes across all intercollegiate sports rely on student athletic trainers to help prevent and recover from injuries. The athletic training program at Purdue provides only the best in academic coursework and hands-on clinical education, allowing students to acquire exceptional skills that in turn keep Purdue’s teams competing in peak condition.
Episode 25 - Motoring Along
Purdue University students continue to put their design expertise to groundbreaking use. In this installment of “This Is Purdue,” we talk with Professor John Sullivan from Aeronautics and Astronautics, along with some talented engineering students who recount their travels to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. While there, they set out to break a speed record using a cutting-edge vehicle they designed and built as a team.
Through more than 1,000 student organizations covering diverse interests, Purdue University provides countless ways for students to find their fit on campus. Established in 1982, the Purdue Cycling Club attracts both undergraduate and graduate students who have a passion for cycling. From group rides to racing opportunities, riders at all skill levels enjoy activities connecting them with other cyclists on campus.
Episode 24 - Purdue Gets Medieval
Dedicated in 2008, the 8-foot-tall “Unfinished Block P” sculpture on Purdue University’s campus serves as a permanent reminder that one’s educational journey never ends – that learning, in essence, is a lifelong process. The bronze sculpture, cast to appear as if it were carved out of stone, was a collaborative effort between artists Rita and Rick Hadley, University officials and members of the Iron Key honorary that works anonymously each year on a service project benefiting Purdue. We take a closer look at this beloved work of art here.
By taking a journey back in time, Purdue University’s Medieval Society helps the campus community explore both the society and culture of the Middle Ages — all accomplished through festive activities that are both fun and enlightening. We spoke with some of the group’s members to discover more about the Medieval Society’s timeless appeal for Purdue and its students.
Episode 23 - Hidden Gems
The Purdue University campus is home to a diverse collection of sculptures — one that includes statues of individuals who have inspired students to commissioned pieces by internationally renowned artists. In this edition of “This Is Purdue,” we turn the spotlight on several of these noteworthy landmarks — from the Bell Tower and Continuum to a student-favorite fountain, a statue honoring a legendary astronaut, and the beloved bronze Boilermaker that greets loyal fans to Purdue athletic competitions.
In 2016 Purdue University unveiled the final sculpture designed by the late Nina Hole. The internationally acclaimed artist was known for her outdoor firing technique, which allowed her to transform raw clay into a finished piece of art entirely on site. The finished, life-size clay structure housed at Purdue was modeled to look like a church in the Danish artist’s hometown — a stunning piece introduced to the campus community through performative elements.
Episode 22 - A Virtual Happy Holidays
A grand tradition at Purdue University, the PMO Christmas Show ushers in each holiday season through the gift of song. Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, this year’s 87th annual show, aptly titled “A Different Kind of Christmas,” takes place virtually December 19th and will showcase your favorite PMO musical ensembles. William Griffel, the Albert P. Stewart Director of Purdue Musical Organizations, joins us for a behind-the-scenes look at this free virtual event.
No holiday season would be complete without a telling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Thanks to Chicago’s world-renowned interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema, the Purdue family can purchase tickets for a live virtual adaptation running December 4th through 13th. We asked Todd Wetzel, executive director of Purdue Convocations, about this festive, visually inventive event for all ages.
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