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December 11, 2015

State Unveils Bicentennial Relay Torch Designed by AAE Associate Professor Timothee Pourpoint and Students

A functional prototype of the flagship torch designed to be used in the 2016 relay to mark Indiana’s Bicentennial was given to Gov. Mike Pence as part of Statehood Day events at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Students from several schools in the College of Engineering, along with Timothée Pourpoint, project manager and associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue, were on hand for the official unveiling.
December 10, 2015

College of Engineering: Featured Graduate Student

Devendra Verma is a PhD candidate in the school of Aeronautics and Astronautics working with Dr. Vikas Tomar on microstructure dependent dynamic fracture prediction and interface strength measurements.
December 10, 2015

Team of AAE Students Advances in NASA's Micro-g NExT Program

A team of AAE undergraduate students has been selected by NASA to test its spaceflight hardware design in NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program. Micro-g NExT provides undergrads an opportunity to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses a space exploration problem.
December 9, 2015

AAE Students in Hyperloop Design Course to Hear from Expert on the Topic

A group of Purdue University students will participate in a SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition to help design test vehicles for a vacuum-tube transit system proposed by inventor and business magnate Elon Musk.

The students are taking a Hyperloop design class that will end on Thursday (Dec. 10) with a 5 p.m. public lecture in Fowler Hall by Josh Giegel, vice president of design and analysis for Hyperloop Technologies Inc. He also will meet with the Purdue design team.
December 8, 2015

AAE Associate Professor Vikas Tomar Has Book Published

School of Aeronautics and Astronautics associate professor Dr. Vikas Tomar has had a book published by Springer. “Multiscale Characterization of Biological Systems” is based on work Dr. Tomar has done with his students over the past 10 years in the field of interface mechanics of biomaterials.
December 8, 2015

Purdue Profile: Timothée Pourpoint

A fascination originating in a European comic book has taken off for Timothée Pourpoint, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics, resulting in his career in studying propulsion, combustion and energy storage.

Now Pourpoint, a 38-year-old native of France, is working hand-in-hand with students and fellow faculty to help Indiana residents celebrate the state's history by creating a torch for next year's bicentennial relay.
December 8, 2015

AAE Professor Kathleen Howell Receives Violet Haas Award

Kathleen C. Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, was honored at a reception earlier this month as the winner of the 2015 Violet Haas Award.
The Violet Haas Award "recognizes those individuals, programs, or departments at Purdue who have effectively facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education, and salary, or have generally enhanced a positive professional climate for women at Purdue University," according to the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, which administers the award.
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