Partnership in Action
Representatives from Phillips 66, a Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company, visited Purdue University recently to present a $100,000 check in support of initiatives with the Krannert School of Management, the College of Engineering, and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Jonathan Rosenberg (LA '92), Manager of Talent Planning and Acquisition, and Jennifer Campbell, Technical Recruiter, were on hand to present the check.
"As graduate of Purdue, I was honored to return to campus and present Phillips 66's contribution to the university and meet with the organizations that will be impacted by our efforts," said Jonathan Rosenberg. "We strive to provide students with opportunities that will impact their college experiences as well as set them up for success in their future endeavors." – Jonathan Rosenberg.
Purdue's first gift from Phillips 66 impacted several disciplines across the University including: the School of Chemical Engineering for a Ph.D. Fellowship and student laboratories; the School of Mechanical Engineering for a senior design project; the College of Engineering diversity and ethics programs; the Center for Career Opportunities; the Military Family Research Institute (within the College of Health and Human Sciences); and several professional and diversity student organizations associated with multiple colleges across campus. Purdue is grateful for Phillips 66's investment in our students and programs, which will positively impact a large number of students and provide them with unique opportunities during their undergraduate experience and beyond.
Phillips 66 is an exemplary model of what it means to be a Purdue University corporate partner. Their commitment to both our student’s needs and the missions of multiple Purdue departments, schools, and colleges, is remarkable.
The Ford Motor Company gave Purdue's Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) $100,000 to support the EPICS Habitat for Humanity Biotown home. The EPICS team is working with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to create an affordable green home design in Biotown, Indiana.
The home design, which began construction in March 2010, is designed to improve the energy efficiency, sustainability, and construction building methods of Habitat for Humanity's existing designs. Several key items the team focused on were insulation selection and installation, mechanical systems selection, appliance selections, fixtures, and building material selections.
One of the project's primary goals is to educate builders and homeowners about new material selections and construction practices. The home was used in a Habitat for Humanity Sustainability Seminar to educate HFH directors about sustainable building technology.
The Sustainability Seminar included a two-day educational event held March 26-27, 2010. The first day of the "Build Green, Save Green Sustainability Seminar" took place at Purdue University and featured building expert speakers discussing green building methods, the economic incentives of green building, green certification processes, and the affordability of green building.
The second day of the seminar was held at the Biotown home construction site, where expert builders exhibited the house and allowed participants to see first-hand how affordable and practical green building practices can be.
The impact of this home is enormous for Habitat for Humanity, and Ford's support has been instrumental in making this possible. As the new example for Habitat for Humanity's statewide dedication to building and producing more sustainable homes for the community, the BioTown home is even more cost-effective for homeowners.
Middle school students discovering the impact of engineering from interactive Because Dreams Need Doing display in Armstrong Hall of Engineering.
Thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the John Deere Foundation, Armstrong Hall of Engineering now has a state-of-the-art media technology wall to emphasize the role of engineering in addressing society's challenges.
The project is called Because Dreams Need Doing and provides outstanding visual and hands-on learning opportunities for school-aged students in each of the four focus areas: human health, energy, space exploration, and the environment.
The students are visibly excited when they generate electricity by turning the windmill turbine, test their hand-eye coordination with the Mars Rover, and press the exhibit buttons to initiate the engineering-at-work videos.