Archive for January 2017

The Power of Linking & Leveraging Assets

I returned Sunday from a wrap-up event in Albuquerque – under the leadership of the engineering outreach initiative of New Mexico State University, teams of high school teachers and university mentors from all over the state have spent the last eight months working on ways to integrate career & technical education (CTE) with STEM (science,…

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Mapping research experiences for Mechanical Engineering

As part of an NSF grant to transform Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering, we are forming faculty – student – staff teams.  Each team is focused on a different dimension of the student experience outside the classroom. So, for example, we have teams looking at improving faculty/student interactions around office hours; opportunities to strengthen relationships…

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Lab partners with Howard University

Our international network of universities continues to grow. With these partners, we are developing and deploying new tools, frameworks and platforms of agile strategy. In our discussions with Gary Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, we began exploring how we could share what we are learning about forming interdisciplinary research teams. Dr. Harris, a…

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Civility and the research university

In a global economy that runs on knowledge and networks, research universities occupy a unique, keystone position. Former NYU president John Sexton outlined this role in a 2005  speech, “Dogmatism and Complexity: Civil Discourse and the Research University”. Sexton points out that in a political economy that is increasingly driven by dogmatism, research universities can…

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Like a Rock

Not the trucks – we’re headed to Granite City, Illinois in early February to work with a large group of people that are passionate about the future of that city – once home to a thriving steel plant, but now looking for new ways to thrive. Granite City Economic Development Director James Amos attended one…

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What’s the “secret sauce” to innovation?

If you’re looking to build the innovation potential of your community or region, we can help. Lab director Ed Morrison sums up our experience in a news article from Charleston, South Carolina: “It’s gotten to a point now where I think we have enough understanding of how these ecosystems can be designed and guided, and…

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Happy New Year! Here’s our resolution…

The Purdue Strategy Lab’s resolution for 2017 is to take advantage of the growing number of opportunities to help people think differently, behave differently, and do differently. Last fall’s events demonstrated that more than ever, we need ways for people to make change happen in their communities and organizations, even in the face of events on national levels.…

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