Sept. 30 marks International Podcast Day
“This Is Purdue” highlights stories about Boilermakers from across all disciplines, who, through research, innovation and determination, have persistently pursued their next giant leaps.
Join us every other Thursday as we interview students, faculty and alumni taking small steps toward their goals and inspiring others to do the same.
President Mung Chiang on Becoming Purdue’s 13th President, Boilermaker Persistence and Family
President Mung Chiang discusses the day he learned he would become president of what he calls “the most consequential public university in the U.S.” Plus, he shares more about his family life (the Chiangs will be the first Purdue family to live in Westwood Manor with young children), hobbies and the best spot in West Lafayette to grab his favorite sweet treat — ice cream. You don’t want to miss this chance to get to know Purdue’s president on a more personal level!
Fighter Pilot Heather Penney Reflects on Purdue Journey and 9/11 Mission
Boilermaker and former D.C. Air National Guard fighter pilot Heather Penney (BA English ’95, MA American studies ’97) shares her incredible story from 9/11, when she was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice with her flight lead, Marc Sasseville. She reflects on the events of that historic day, from being selected to complete the mission to stop the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 to being grounded after hours of time in the air to how she feels about that day now, more than 20 years later.
From Purdue to President of Pizza Hut: In-Depth With David Graves
Did you know the president of one of America’s largest pizza chains is a Boilermaker?! David Graves (BS management ’03) describes how Purdue prepared him with the persistence and perseverance needed to innovate global brands such as Pampers, Pantene and several Yum! Brands, including Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut. You’ll hear about some of David’s favorite advertising and marketing initiatives over the years and using Pizza Hut’s brand nostalgia to bring its marketing into today’s modern age. Plus, you don’t want to miss hearing our podcast team go behind the scenes in a Pizza Hut kitchen to make his go-to pizza order.
IndyCar Engineers, Purdue Alums Talk Team Penske Legacy and Indy 500
Team Penske IndyCar engineers Matt Kuebel (BS mechanical engineering ’22) and Mike Koenigs (MS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’03) discuss their Purdue College of Engineering journeys and what it’s like working for one of the most well-known, legendary teams in motorsports. Matt, an IndyCar design engineer, and Mike, an IndyCar aerodynamicist, both work on all three Team Penske IndyCar entries — driven by Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Scott McLaughlin — that raced in the 2023 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and by the way, Josef took the win this year! These two alums discuss the persistence, grit and attention to detail required to be part of a winning Indy 500 team and how their Purdue education set them up for success in the professional motorsports world.
Deputy Athletics Director Tiffini Grimes Discusses the Spirit of Purdue Athletics and Proud Return to Her Alma Mater
Tiffini Grimes (BA political science ’05) serves as Purdue University’s deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator. She highlights her journey in collegiate athletics as she made her way from law school to the NCAA to working in the athletics departments for universities like Penn State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama and, finally, back home to Purdue. Tiffini, who was named in Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2022 and The Athletic’s College Sports 40 Under 40, shares the deep pride she feels in pursuing her next giant leap at her alma mater and what it’s like helping Purdue’s talented student athletes have the best experience possible, both on and off the field.
Podcast Ep. 101: Ford Motor Co. HR Director Rochelle Dorn-Hayes on the Importance of Bringing Your Whole Self to Work
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Rochelle Dorn-Hayes, human resources director at Ford Motor Co. Tune in as Rochelle shares more about her time at Purdue, where she earned her MBA from the Mitchell E. Daniels, …
Podcast Ep. 100: All Hail to 100 Episodes
In this special 100th episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating and reflecting on our past episodes, which highlight Boilermakers who, through research, innovation and determination, have persistently pursued their next giant leap. Over the last three years, our podcast …
Podcast Ep. 99: A New Dean for a New Era: Getting To Know Purdue’s Daniels School of Business Dean Jim Bullard
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Jim Bullard, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. Listen as Dean Bullard discusses his career journey from his time navigating obstacles …
Podcast Ep. 98: Greatest Hits of 2023: Celebrating Purdue Research Solving the World’s Toughest Challenges
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating Boilermakers who provide practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Part 2 of our “Greatest Hits of 2023” shines a light on the incredible research advancements from Purdue Boilermakers as we …
Podcast Ep. 97: Greatest Hits of 2023: Celebrating Boilermaker Persistence
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re starting to ring in the new year with some of our most popular episodes from 2023. Part 1 of our two-part “Greatest Hits of 2023” episode shines a light on the incredible …
Podcast Ep. 96: Sangtae Kim on Leading the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering and the Importance of Purdue’s ‘Excellence at Scale’
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Sangtae Kim, the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering and Distinguished Professor. Sangtae dives into his family background — including what it was like growing up in a …
Podcast Ep. 95: Football Legend Leroy Keyes’ Wife, Monica, on Earning Her Master’s Degree at Purdue, Raising Their Family in the Boilermaker Community and Her Husband’s Legacy
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Monica Keyes, wife of the late Purdue icon and former Boilermaker football player and coach Leroy Keyes. Turns out, the couple met in a church bowling league in Philadelphia, Monica’s …
Podcast Ep. 94: ‘Piano Man’ Bruce Barker on His Purdue Experience, Playing in Front of Millions and Retirement
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Purdue’s “Piano Man,” Bruce Barker. Despite growing up in Lafayette, Bruce didn’t see himself attending Purdue. He wasn’t the best student while in school, and he didn’t peg himself as …
Podcast Ep. 93: Former Purdue Quarterback Curtis Painter on Playing for Coach Tiller, His NFL Career and Returning Home to Indiana
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to former Purdue football quarterback Curtis Painter. After Curtis’ time at Purdue, he stayed right here at home in Indiana, playing three seasons for the Indianapolis Colts before the Baltimore Ravens …