Strategic Plan Update

Goal 2: ‘Learning through Engagement and Discovery’

Opportunities to learn experientially by applying traditional learning in real world environments is a distinguishing aspect of the Purdue education offered at Purdue Calumet.

Expanding our commitment to applied learning through research and other engaged opportunities are essential to student success in our fast-changing, 21st century society.

Progress thus far:

Professor Neeti Parashar
Professor Neeti Parashar discusses the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics at a news conference last fall.
    • An Experiential Learning Steering Committee was introduced to more effectively integrate experiential learning into our campus culture;
    • A student leadership program was introduced;
    • Faculty engagement—one example: e.g.,: Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar, who contributed to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics by participating on the team of worldwide researchers who discovered the Higgs boson subatomic particle, involved several assisting Purdue Calumet students in her high energy physics research activities;
    • 242 students—a 43 percent increase from the previous year—presented 127 research projects during Student Research Day last spring;
    • Through the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), students applied their knowledge to help employers troubleshoot problems and increase productivity, resulting in savings of millions of dollars;
Engineering students racing in a moonbuggy
Engineering students have applied their knowledge to earn three top five recent finishes at the annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Growing numbers of students have excelled in academic competitions—notably:
    – Communication students recently earned 1st place, 2nd place and honorable mention awards in the national Broadcast Education Association Student Script Writing Competition;
    – Engineering students last spring claimed the third straight top five finish by a Purdue Calumet team in the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Ala. Another Purdue Calumet team won the race’s Featherweight Award;
    – Two mechanical engineering students last spring designed a refrigeration and heat pump system that earned the top ranking from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers in the Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program;
    – Two Computer Information Systems students won the Best Case Solution Award for effectively analyzing, providing a solution and presenting their solution of a case analysis at last spring’s Ball State University Information Systems Project and Case Competition;
    – A team of 24 marketing and communication students won district competition of the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition to earn a berth in the national finals at Phoenix, AZ. 

Progress of Goals 3 & 4 will be highlighted in the next Bridge (March 19).