The Soviet Union had many more engineers than the United States during the Cold War, yet it still collapsed.
"They were likely just as competent, but their poor leaders basically lost the war," said Joe Fuehne, director of the Purdue University's College of Technology locations at Columbus and Greensburg.
He said it's evidence a country can have the best engineers in the world, but that does not mean much without leadership and interpersonal skills.
That is where Purdue College of Technology comes in.
The college — which offers the same technology degrees offered at Purdue in West Lafayette — allows for dedicated, one-on-one attention through its smaller size.
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