Washington D.C (Part I)

Some days I have to pinch myself because my job is so cool.

Imagine being told “we want you to go and hang out at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. and, oh by the way, you’ll get to meet some really cool people while your there.” Wow, did I ?!?

Over the three days in D.C. I got to see some really cool things, eat some really great food, and most of all meet some fantastic people.

In Part 1 of this series I would like to share with you some of the great People that I got to meet.  First of all we met several outstanding future engineering students from the northeast and hope to see them all on Purdue’s campus in the future. Unfortunately, since we were so busy talking I didn’t get pictures of the students and their families

In addition to the students I also had the opportunity to meet some names and faces that you might have heard of such as the Mythbusters (Jamie & Adam).

Mythbusters (Jamie and Adam) & me

These great guys have been to Purdue’s campus but it was nice to meet them in person. They are both really nice. I would have loved to had to hang out and visit for a bit or blow something up, but we all had to get back to work.

Mayim Bialik
(Big Bang Theory’s-
Amy Farrah Fowler)
& me

After walking blocks in the drizzling rain to catch a cab, David Bowker and I made it to the reception and, looking like a drowned rat, we got to meet Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler.  Mayim (AFF’s real name) has a PhD in neuroscience which is really cool. She was very nice and gracious to these two soaked Big Bang fans.

 

Josh Wurman w/ DOW
Storm Chasers (Discovery Channel)
& me

Living in the Midwest we hear about tornadoes all the time so shows like Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers really capture my interest, as they let me see tornadoes up-close from the safety of my sofa.  However the truth is that there are men and women in the field everyday who are braving these dangerous elements to try to keep me safe and for that I’m thankful too.  So the opportunity of meeting Josh from Storm Chasers and see the DOW up-close was fascinating.

 

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Home again in Indiana

Three states – three time zones – six days.
It was a rush; but what a great time!

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world!!! 🙂

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, CA for the first time to meet with students attending the SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) College fair. It was great having four of our top Purdue SHPE students join me in talking to future engineering students and answering questions about Purdue, Engineering and Student life.

While in California I had the opportunity to see Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, and had dinner at the Beachcomber on Crystal Cove (a must do if you are ever in southern CA).

After the college fair I hopped on a plane and headed to Colorful Colorado where during some downtime I had the opportunity to visit with family and friends over the weekend before heading to West Middle School (part of Cherry Creek Schools) in Greenwood Village, CO (Denver area) on Monday, October 31st.

I’m not sure if sitting through a class on “Engineering is Everywhere” was a Trick or Treat for the 360 8th grade Science students, but they all seemed to enjoy learning more about using Math and Science to change the world.

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