I attended several IUPUI events (a quarterly DIAC meeting and the Dallara announcement) last week, and I continue to be impressed by the students, Dean, staff, and faculty at the IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology. I am currently fortunate to serve as the Chair of the DIAC (Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council), which is composed of many accomplished individuals from more than 30 companies and facilities, mostly from central Indiana. The DIAC typically meets four times per year and is composed of four subcommittees, which are all working to enhance the relationships between the DIAC member companies and the School of Engineering & Technology students and faculty. You can visit the DIAC website to learn more about the members and the mission.
I believe that three recent events/announcements continue to prove that the school is on the right path:
- A Siemens grant (announced on May 20) of in-kind software Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for IUPUI research and student use is a major gift representing more than $500 million in value. Students and faculty will be allowed to use this proprietary software learn more about the “real world” of product development.
- The dedication of the new Dallara driving simulator at the Dallara IndyCar Factory at the Speedway on May 22. This event was attended by numerous dignitaries including Governor Pence, IMS President Mark Miles, Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara, and David Russomanno, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. IUPUI’s motorsports degree program (part of the School of Engineering & Technology) is very involved with the Dallara facility and its mission.
- The award on May 19 of a nearly $500 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of a research and training program for high school STEM teachers within low income school districts in the Metro area. This will hopefully help to encourage under-represented high school students to enroll in science and engineering college degree programs.
The new IUPUI is not your father’s IUPUI! You are truly missing out on the transformation if you have neither visited the campus nor interacted with students and faculty recently. Feel free to contact me if you wish to know more.