From the president

In this edition of Bradley Works, we are proud to celebrate the enduring collaboration between Bradley University and Caterpillar Inc. For much of the 20th century, the world’s largest and foremost heavy equipment manufacturer and the University have been partners in progress. That relationship continues to thrive now that we are well into the 21st century.

With the company’s world headquarters in downtown Peoria, Illinois, just a mile from campus, Caterpillar employs more graduates from Bradley than any other university; hires scores of students each semester as interns; provides a multitude of experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty; partners with faculty members on research initiatives and senior capstone projects; enrolls its employees in various graduate and executive development programs; contributes financially to the long-term well-being of the University; and supports faculty and staff in innumerable ways both large and small. Last fall, the University named the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology in recognition of this potent partnership.

Simply put, the relationship between Caterpillar and Bradley is rare. Very few institutions have this kind of strategic and symbiotic alliance with a Fortune 50 company. We are tremendously fortunate that the company and the University have grown and prospered together for these many years, and we fully anticipate that this successful collaboration will continue well into the future.

We are also pleased to highlight the work of several of our outstanding faculty members in Bradley Works. The following faculty members are dedicated to the kind of research, collaboration and creativity that are the hallmarks of the Bradley Experience: 

  • Dr. Darrell Radson, dean of the Foster College of Business Administration, and Dr. Lex Akers, dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology, have a vision to create a cutting-edge convergence model that promotes intense collaboration between business and engineering students. The two deans discuss this distinctive educational initiative and how it will prepare Bradley students to succeed in the global economy.
  • Dr. Stephen Heinemann explores the art of composing music, a personal creative outlet that provides a valuable learning experience for students. Two other Bradley professors, Dr. Todd Kelly and Dr. John Orfe, also discuss musical composition as an art form and teaching tool.
  • Dr. Ed Bond and instructor Heidi Maurer Rottier ’98 MBA ’01 have created a social media marketing curriculum to prepare students for the quickly evolving industry. The social media courses are intended to change how students view the medium, moving their perspective from one focused on social interaction to one focused on business promotion.
  • Dr. Mike McAsey and Dr. Jannett Highfill have joined together for the last 25 years to design various analytic models to solve real-world problems. Dr. McAsey, a mathematician, and Dr. Highfill, an economist, brainstorm and collaborate to develop formulas with practical applications.

Bradley’s learning community is populated with hundreds of creative and innovative faculty members who are dedicated to both research and instruction. Through their world-class teaching and committed mentorship, they are preparing our students to be leaders for generations to come. I am proud to share with you some of their outstanding accomplishments.