* Technology Week
* Department celebrates 40 years with creation of endowment
* Department of Labor official to give keynote for Technology Week

March 26, 2007

Inaugural Technology Week to focus on impact of innovations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's College of Technology is devoting a week to highlight important discoveries and to bring awareness to the pervasive impact of technology in everyday life.

Purdue's first Technology Week will be celebrated April 9-13 with the theme, "Celebrating innovation. Imagining possibilities."

"In today's world, technology is all around us, and it's hard to imagine a time without computers, cell phones and a wide array of other inventions that have made our lives easier," said College of Technology Dean Dennis R. Depew. "But technology is much more than inventions. It is the application of those innovations and how they affect society and the economy in positive ways.

"Catching cyber criminals, sharing research data through advanced databases and conducting airport noise mitigation studies are all part of the technology umbrella, and we are proud to be able to take a week to shine the spotlight on the important work being done in the many areas of technology at Purdue."

Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary for the Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor, will give the keynote address for the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on April 10. Her talk, titled "Maintaining America's Competitiveness in the 21st Century Global Economy: WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development)," will be from 3-4:15 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

DeRocco will speak on the role that technology plays in society, the federal government's role in strengthening and enhancing work force development, and how educational institutions can work in partnership with regional, state and federal governments to ensure competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

The week also will feature student presentations, a celebration of alumni and departmental open houses. A complete list of events can be found online at

The week will kick off with a blood drive in which each of the college's eight departments will compete against each other. Anyone can donate blood and can specify which department will be credited with the donation. The blood drive will be held in two locations: Noon to 4 p.m. April 9 and 10 at Knoy Hall, Rooms 256 and 259, and noon to 5 p.m. April 11 at the Purdue Airport's Hangar 1.

At the Knoy blood drive location, there will be a poster display illustrating the College of Technology's impact on the health-care industry.

On April 11, the Department of Building Construction Management will celebrate its 40th anniversary and its founder, D. Dorsey Moss, at an invitation-only dinner and reception at the Buchanan Club of Ross-Ade Pavilion. During the event, Moss will be recognized with the creation of the Dorsey Moss Future of Building Construction Management Technology endowment to fund scholarships and other needs in the department.

Also on April 11, Project Lead the Way teachers from around the state will tour the campus and attend a luncheon in the east and west faculty lounges of the Purdue Memorial Union.

Other events planned for the week include:

*  April 12. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Burton Morgan Center, Room 129. Dean's Executive Council Meeting.

*  April 12. Noon to 4 p.m. Engineering Mall. The Purdue student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques is holding a "computer smash" called Anger Management 101. Participants can pay $1 per 15 seconds up to one minute to take swings with a sledgehammer at computer equipment provided from Purdue salvage. Proceeds collected will go toward the student organization.

*  April 12, 7 p.m. Burton Morgan Center Caf?. Dean's Executive Council and Industrial Advisory boards reception.

*  April 13. 8 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union Anniversary Room. Distinguished technology alumni welcome reception.

*  April 13. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Distinguished technology alumni visit with the departments of the College of Technology.

*  April 13. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tent in front of Knoy Hall. Purdue Technology Alumni Association Senior Picnic.

*  April 13. 6 p.m. Purdue Airport hangars 5 and 6. Distinguished technology alumni reception and dinner.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Dennis Depew, (765) 494-2552,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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