Dr. Jon Fricker:
What did I do with the rest of my time?

Event Date: April 14, 2014
Hosted By: CoE Office of Academic Affairs
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: HAMP G212
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: 765-494-5349
Contact Email: mjfreeland@purdue.edu
Open To: all
Dr. Jon Fricker


It has been said that the nice thing about being a professor is that you can choose which 60 or 70 hours you work each week.  Given that “flexibility”, you are expected to make significant contributions in a variety of ways – in Teaching (Learning), Research (Discovery), and Service (Engagement).  Prof. Fricker’s activities during his time at Purdue have been varied.  He has served on numerous boards and committees – on campus, for technical societies, and in the community.  He has had the privilege of teaching a set of courses for which he has an ongoing passion.  His research has covered numerous topics, but the central themes seem to have been data and forecasting.  In his presentation, Prof. Fricker will talk about a few of those research projects.  Some of the projects may be examples of success, some could better be classified as “lessons learned”, and others simply involve a story that may be interesting.  Prof. Fricker will attempt to describe the kind of activities that he undertook during his time at Purdue.


Jon D. Fricker came to Purdue in January 1980 and never left.  He grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his SBCE degree.  He earned his MSCE degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and began his Ph.D. study there, before spending 1972-1976 on active duty in the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Most of that time was spent in Germany as an officer in a Combat Engineer Battalion near the East German border.  During his military service, he learned to speak a little German, he learned to ski, and he learned how to retain one’s composure (and sanity) in a bureaucracy.  He returned to Carnegie-Mellon in January 1977, became interested in teaching, and finished his Ph.D. requirements in December 1979.  At Purdue, Prof. Fricker has pursued a variety of research interests, as will be made clear during his presentation.