i-f875c0b07d9b3cb6229668554781b35a-alice.jpgSo every university has some kind of publication it uses to connect with alumni to say, “Look at all this cool stuff we’re doing, don’t you want to give us money in memory of the cool stuff we did when you were here?” My alma mater keeps sending me such publications; I’m starting to find the publications that Purdue puts out for similar purposes.

However. This seems to be actually a pretty cool thing: Purdue Engineering has a magazine called Engineering Impact, where, while we could make jokes about making bombs hit their target better, they are instead using impact to point out engineers can make people’s lives better.

In particular, they have an “On the Radio” feature, which, at the moment, is featuring sustainability as an issue engineers really need to know about, and help accomplish. There looks to be a series of these radio features focused on the NAE Grand Challenges.

It’s hosted by Barbara Bogaev (of Weekend America), and I completely don’t understand why Purdue isn’t, as my husband delicately put it, shouting it from the rooftops.

So. Let me say: I think it is cool that Purdue Engineering is pointing out how serious climate change and other environmental issues are, and that engineers can really help make a difference in improving the world.

Now we just have to work out how to educate future engineers to be completely fluent in sustainable design, when most engineering faculty at the moment have never given much thought to issues of sustainability (let alone have had any education in/on it) in comparison to economic cost.


  1. #1 Purdue Student
    April 4, 2009

    As far as I can tell, there have been some strides in the College of Engineering on sustainability… just within the last few semesters, more classes are being offered, albeit at the senior and graduate levels only, to address the problem.

    Unfortunately, change like this takes too much time!

  2. #2 Russ Finley
    April 6, 2009

    I have a copy of that publication sitting right next to me. I was thinking of doing a blog post on it. First, it used a lot of paper. Not good:

    Why is Purdue sending out a magazine when it could send out an email like Renewable Energy World does that essentially becomes an online magazine when you open the email (complete with comment field).

    With an online version alums could comment on articles. I would love to comment on the one by Boeing’s biofuel guy. Not going to happen with this outdated media.

    In addition, half of the pages in my copy were inserted upside down. How embarassing.

    Purdue needs to get with the times.

    My Science subscription comes via Zinio which is just amazing.

  3. #3 Richard Paul
    April 16, 2009

    Glad you liked it (I produced it)!

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