Such a great feeling of honor to stick to (study and work) a prestigious BigTen institution like Purdue. the footprint of people like Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, John Wooden, the best basketball coach and leadership guru of all time, Ichi Negishi, a Nobel laureate, and (Iyad Yacoub soon!) has largely impact our world.
Over and above, Purdue attracts the world business leaders. Last week for example, Jeffrey R. Immelt, the CEO of General Electric and the successor of the Jack Welsh, came to Purdue and co-delivered an exceptional speech with Purdue president Mitch Daniels (Syrian-origin from Homs and former governor of Indiana) on how innovation and talent development affect GE’s global business environment.
GE has been the top employer of Purdue graduates over the most recent five-year period. (Exactly, WoW!)
This is the third CEO of a Fortune 500 company I had the pleasure to personally attend their speeches at Purdue (Sam Allen of John Deere in 2010 and Robert McDonalds of Proctor & Gamble in 2012).
Boiler up and hammer down!