Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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Training Students for Industr y Success ere is much to be excited about at Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University ith talented students in many disciplines who have achievements ranging from designing heat-ed work gloves to creating automatic guitar tuners, Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University is a quickly-growing force in Southern Indiana area. I recently spoke with Director Andrew Takami, who was passionate about the vast talent of the student body and the campus' record-breaking enrollment. What's your role at Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University? I'm the director of the campus. It's my responsibility to ensure the success of our operation –there are a lot of components to it – but I do oversee the day-to-day operations. It's almost been four years since I came to Purdue in my role, and I love it. It's a wonderful institution. It's a great place. Can you give some background on the history of the campus? e New Albany location, which I now lead, was one of three original sites that the general as-sembly in the 1960s felt needed to be created for economic development purposes. We grew over time, and then in 1984 a statewide system was created from that same one college at Purdue University. e New Albany campus now is the largest of all of these campuses or locations of Purdue Poly-technic. We have nine academic disciplines: Computer Graphics Technology, Electrical Engi-neering Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology (

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