Learning to work in a team is crucial to
the development of a successful engineer,
according to Tebbe. During his career, he
worked in the U.S. and abroad in most of
the developed countries on the six continents, and lived in Singapore and Europe.
It was during this period of his career, he
said, when he truly came to understand the
value of teamwork.
He was once sent to Europe to close a
plant, but when workers came to him with
a plan to make the business profitable
through innovative ideas, he decided that
they were on to something and agreed to
help. He was prepared to take the responsibility for failure: if the plant would succeed,
it was due to the total team in place; but if
not, it was because he did not have the right
people in the right jobs. It was a success.
It is not surprising, therefore, that “TDI”
stands for “teamwork,” “discovery,” and
“innovation,” the three ingredients Tebbe
considers vital for the next generation of
“It’s more than a ‘bricks and mortar’
investment,” he said. “This is an investment
in people. Zucrow is all about advancing
science, and I believe it will give Purdue a
sustainable, competitive edge.”
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Robert Zhang, a doctoral student in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, adjusts the
alignment of a high-intensity laser beam used for a measurement technique called particle
imaging velocimetry (PIV). The PIV process uses high-speed laser and camera systems to acquire
velocity images inside a high-pressure aviation gas turbine combustion test rig at frame rates
of 10 kHz. The equipment and facilities used in this process will be upgraded as part of the $8.2
million expansion of Purdue's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories.