Photo by Laurie
Brent Vlasman and Juliana Lindner talk over aviation at the Purdue
July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Two years ago, Dennis Depew visited AirVenture
for the first time.
“I decided right then that we had to be
involved with AirVenture and needed to build a partnership with EAA,”
said the Dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University in
“If you’re involved in the aviation
industry, you can’t overlook EAA.
“We have too much in common, and need to
find ways to work together and use the convention to attain mutually
beneficial partnerships,” he explained.
“We really want to rise to that new level.”
His institution boasts about 4,000 students
with a faculty of about 200. Approximately 600 students are enrolled in
the aviation curriculum with half of them pilots and the other half in the
“Aviation has a prominent footprint at
Purdue, and, as an exhibitor in Oshkosh this year, we’re seeking to
expand its ongoing relationship with EAA,” Depew said.
Purdue operates aviation camps at West
Lafayette, Indiana, and is looking to work with EAA and its local chapters
throughout the rest of the year and stimulate aviation as a career
“Our goal is to motivate students in the
areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM),”
Depew explained. That means getting more youth and alumni involved in STEM
and looking for ways to have EAA staff involved at Purdue.
The college is also hoping to start an EAA
A team of students is at Purdue’s exhibit
this week, along with Brent Bowen, head of the aviation department. They’re
located in exhibit Hangar C at booth 3069.