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June 12, 2007

Purdue to assess outreach potential in Madison County

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue officials will conduct a community visit to Anderson on June 20 to get input from community leaders on how the university can collaborate with Madison County.

"Previous community visits have generated some promising ideas - many of which we have implemented," said Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. "Now, it's time to discuss the future of Anderson and nearby communities. I look forward to receiving input from Madison County residents and leaders as we set new goals and work together to enhance education and increase the number of high-paying jobs."

Jischke and other university officials will visit the Flagship Enterprise Center, Altairnano, Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems, Anderson Tool and Engineering, and Nestlé Food Manufacturing, among other locations.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, the university's vice provost for engagement, said Purdue welcomes the opportunity to exchange ideas with business and community leaders.

"Purdue wants to serve as an economic development partner to Madison County so that its businesses can remain prosperous and have access to a highly trained, educated work force," Lechtenberg said. "We look forward to learning what specific goals Madison County residents have for that partnership."

This is the sixth year Jischke and university leaders have conducted daylong visits to Indiana communities. Madison County will be the 70th stop.

Several activities are scheduled for the Madison County visit, including:

* 9:30 a.m. - Tour Altairnano, located at the Flagship Enterprise Center. Altairnano develops nanomaterials for the alternative energy, life sciences and performance materials markets. Its battery technology, for example, delivers rechargeable high-power, long-life batteries that operate in a wide temperature range. The batteries are being tested for use in hybrid vehicles, power tools and extreme-temperature military and aerospace applications.

* 10:30 a.m. – Attend board of directors meeting at the Flagship Enterprise Center. The center is a technological business incubator that supports entrepreneurship and job growth. Created through a partnership between Anderson University and the city of Anderson, the center offers a client support program to help emerging companies become independently viable. The program offers access to management consultants, university researchers, student interns and capital. The Flagship Education Center and Flagship Accelerator also are being built adjacent to incubator businesses. The education center will offer classes in the fall. The accelerator will support early-stage companies that graduate from the incubator and need a permanent location.

* Noon - Attend lunch with community leaders and elected officials at the Flagship Enterprise Center.

* 1:45 p.m. - Visit Anderson Tool and Engineering, 1735 W. 53rd St., Anderson. Anderson Tool and Engineering manufactures tools and satellite parts in a state-of-the art facility. It has worked with Purdue's Technical Assistance Program to implement a quality-assurance program. The company also has worked with TAP on 10 projects involving machining, information technology and 3-D drawings. Purdue's Department of Food Science also has worked with Anderson Tool and Engineering to develop equipment for food companies. Ted Fiock, the company's president, serves on the TAP Advisory Council and the TAP Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board. He graduated from Purdue in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Purdue officials also will view a demonstration of products produced by Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems. XADS produces non-lethal directed energy weapons, including long-range, wireless stun guns that are being used by the U.S. military. Other products include the Photonic Disruptor system, which features a Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator that can flash-blind, nauseate and disorient an aggressor from a distance without leaving permanent eye damage.

* 3:30 p.m. - Tour Nestlé Food Manufacturing, 4300 W. 73rd St., Anderson. Construction is under way on Nestlé's newest plant, which will serve as a beverage factory and distribution center. The company plans to hire more than 300 people to work at the plant. A part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevay, Switzerland, Nestlé is owned by the world's largest food company. It recorded $8.5 billion in sales in 2006 and employs more than 15,500 people nationwide. Nestlé also is a member of the Purdue Food Science Department's Industrial Associates group and the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, whose members meet on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

* 5:15 p.m. - Attend Purdue Alumni Association reception, Paramount Theater, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson. Jischke and university leaders will visit with Purdue alumni who live in Madison County. To reserve a seat, visit the association Web site at

Jischke, who came to Purdue in August 2000, is the university's 10th president. He will retire this summer. He currently serves as past chairman of the Association of American Universities, which represents the top 62 research universities in North America, and is the current chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors. He also serves on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Jischke serves on the board of the American Council on Competitiveness and the national board of Campus Compact, an organization of university presidents and college deans that helps students learn about citizenship through community-service opportunities. In May, he received the International Citizen of the Year Award from the International Center of Indianapolis. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce also honored Jischke and his wife, Patty, in November with its Volunteer of the Year Award.

Jischke was the founding president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture. He served as chairman and board member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and as a board member of the American Council on Education, National Merit Scholarship Corp., and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities.

He previously served for nine years as president of Iowa State University, another land-grant institution. Jischke's experience in higher education also includes 17 years as professor and dean at the University of Oklahoma and five years at the University of Missouri-Rolla. During his tenure at Oklahoma, he served in multiple capacities. He became director of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in 1977. He also served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1986, and was named the university's interim president in 1985.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Sources: Victor L. Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095,

David Petritz, (765) 494-8489,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to cover the luncheon. To reserve a seat, contact Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, at (765) 496-7704, A publication-quality photo of Martin C. Jischke is available at

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