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Paul Ryder story

Changing course

It's fortunate for Purdue students that Paul Ryder's early career plans took off in an unexpected direction and included a layover in Krannert's Executive MBA program.

As vice president for Amazon, Ryder helped the company land on campus with Amazon@Purdue. That's the company's first-ever staffed order and drop-off location. It's designed to save students money.

But Ryder also offers students something just as valuable — the perspective of an engineer whose career path transitioned into business and a position running the consumer electronics division of Amazon.

"I thought I had died and gone to heaven," he says.