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Purdue students get a taste of German engineering, industry and culture

by Gia Lynn LaScala group saw the BMW, Volkswag- Hamburg from May 20 through BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) The group visited some land-
on and Toyota factories, and the the 22. plant, stating that it is far advanced marks as part of the cultural ex-
A group of Purdue University two largest European ports in from what she has seen in manu- cursions they could pursue on
students with Purdue Profes- Hamburg, Germany and in Rot- As Professor Tanoos explains, facturing. BMW is known to be a their own time, and these included
sor James Tanoos recently toured terdam, Netherlands. Hamburg and Munich are eco- leader in green manufacturing and the Maritimes Museum​ in Hafen-
Germany, along with Prague in the nomic powerhouses due to gov- boasts a state of the art facility and City,​ Miniatur Wunderland Muse-
Czech Republic and Rotterdam in However, their travels includ- ernment facilitated “hard work, innovative engineering. um, and St. Nicholas Church. Law
the Netherlands as part of the uni- ed may other cultural excursions innovative spirit and (potentially) said that along with the port, these
versity’s 2018 study abroad pro- to enrich the students’ knowledge the government’s allowing the or- The Port of Hamburg, the sec- were his favorite experiences.
gram. The focus of this trip was the of German culture and history, as ganizational climate of the multi- ond largest port in Europe, was
Central European Multinational well as the history and current national company to avoid visited by the group so that the Regarding the Miniatur Wun-
Automobile Organization Supply practices within capitalism and regulations and tariffs” and he is students could witness the industry derland Museum, he said, “The
Chain Experience as part of the trade. The group was in Munich eager for his students to under- as well as learn about the rich his- artistic ability mixed with the cre-
Purdue Polytechnic program. The from May 12 through the 15, and stand the principles that create tory which extends all the way ative mind and detail of the de-
these outcomes. back to May of 1189, according to signers should make this a definite
Professor Tanoos’ research. destination for future study.” The
Many students in the program St. Nicholas church (steeple pic-
are non-traditional. Many had not Thomas Law, third year student tured on next page) represents one
yet traveled overseas before the in the Organizational Leadership of the few buildings that survived
trip or had extensive knowledge of program, was taken aback by the the aerial bombings in 1943. Law
German culture or language, and experience, which included a tour reports that during that time the
many are not of German ancestry. by vessel around the port. He said, Nazi army directed citizens to take
They were eager to take advantage “The massive size of the cargo cover in this church.
of this opportunity to experience ships cannot be imagined until you
and enrich their lives personally are up close and personal. The so- The group also visited the Mu-
and academically, and to apply all phistication it takes to not only nich University of Applied Sci-
aspects of the experience to their build these barges but the technol- ence. Professor Tanoos reports
future career endeavors. ogy to load and transport is excep- that this university and Purdue are
tional.” The massive trade through “strategic partners with transfer
Christina Marie Douglas, a se- this port and the economic implica- agreements and a history of col-
nior in the Industrial Engineering tions of such are principles that are laborations.” In drastic contrast to
Technology program who would part of the educational curriculum
like to attain work using Six Sigma of the tour.
and creating process improvement
in the non-profit world, reports
that she was most impressed by the

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