From the Dean

Jeffrey Roberts


The College of Science places great importance on entrepreneurism from our students and faculty. We highly value our diverse business relationships as well. Whether they are based in West Lafayette or overseas, these companies help the world through life-saving drugs, new cancer detection techniques and discovery leading to commercializable technology. We are proud of the bonds we have with businesses like Dow AgroSciences, Intel, Abbott Laboratories, and Eli Lilly and Company, just to name a few.

The relationships the College of Science has with these entities vary greatly. Alumni fuel some companies while our renowned faculty lead others. Many businesses welcome our students with opportunities through internships and then, hopefully, jobs. Our graduates strengthen a workforce at these companies that, in turn, strengthen the economy at state and national levels.

While we help prepare these graduates to enter the business world, many companies give back to the College of Science through monetary gifts, grants and research opportunities that give students and faculty more resources and opportunities to further their scholarly fields. The help these companies provide is crucial. The return on their investment is potential employees who are trained at an elite level. Breakthroughs cultivated on campus that companies could later use in the business realm are another benefit.

In this issue of Insights, we take a broad look at these corporate ties from different perspectives. You’ll meet 19-year-old Computer Science student Alec Gorge, who is already running an IT company as well as a software company. Alec is the definition of a young entrepreneur in 2013. Physics alumnus Ted Moore owns Indy Audio Labs with Purdue engineering alumni. His scientific expertise helps refine the electronic components that go into his company’s equipment.

While many of our students pursue or take part in these business opportunities, our young scholars need activities outside of the classroom or lab to help them relax or blow off some steam. In this issue, you will learn about the new sport of bike polo and meet a group of Physics graduate students who are fans of the hit CBS sitcom “Big Bang Theory.”

You will also read about the life of Louis Richard Douglas (BS ‘47), an 89-year-old who retired last fall from the Indiana State Department of Health after an amazing 65 years of service.

Purdue in Douglas’ time was a much different place, just like today will seem, when looked at 70 years from now. The College of Science will continue to grow and innovate with help from the largest companies to the youngest freshmen, and everyone in between.

Jeffrey T. Roberts
Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science