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Purdue Pathmaker Interns “Make it Matter” at HP Discovery Lab

on ‎10-16-2013 08:23 AM

Engineering students at Purdue University can now get real-world work experience and well paid jobs without leaving campus, thanks to partnerships with leading tech companies, through a new program called Purdue Pathmaker. This past summer, students trained with HP engineers at HP Discovery Labs in Houston and Palo Alto— HP’s two main research and development facilities— and now work alongside one HP employee in the newly opened HP Satellite Discovery Lab, located in Purdue’s Envision Center for Data Visualization.

In the new HP Satellite Discovery Lab, student interns have the opportunity to perform benchmark tests and network simulations on new technologies such as the new HP Moonshot servers. Future projects in the HP Satellite Discovery Lab will include scientific and engineering software applications that will be used in research at Purdue. HP is one of five companies that are a part of Purdue's Foundational IT Partners Program, and recently partnered with Purdue to build Conte, the nation's fastest campus supercomputer.


Hear from Purdue and HP about their thoughts and expectations of this exciting new program:

"I really enjoy what I'm working on, and I want it to become a full-time career. I would definitely recommend this program to other students. It's a unique opportunity, being able to work part-time at school and to work on such innovative products."

Rachel Pereira, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering from the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, Ill


"This program brings important benefits to both our partner companies and our students, and we hope other tech companies follow the lead of HP and the other charter companies in playing an active role in our students' education."

Gerry McCartney, Purdue University's CIO, vice president for information technology and Olga Oesterle England Professor of Technology


"This partnership provides students with the opportunity to expand their skill set by conducting real-life workloads on HP Moonshot servers and exposes them to new technologies under development. This encourages a passion for a career in engineering at HP."

Janice Zdankus, vice president of Enterprise Group Knowledge Management, and HP's Executive Sponsor for Purdue


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