December 2012 ABe-Notes

ABE Holiday Luncheon

Correction: initially posted with "Tuesday" instead of "Thursday"

The annual Holiday Luncheon will be held Thursday, December 20, in ABE 106. Sandwiches will be supplied and we are asking that you bring:

Faculty - Side dish (salad, etc.) or dessert

A/P Staff and Clerical: Side dish (salad, etc.) or dessert

Grad Students: Drinks (2-liter pop, for example)

There is a sign-up sheet in the main office. If you have a specialty item that falls outside of your "category" please feel free to bring that instead. Families are included, so bring a little extra.

ABE Advisory Board

Event Date: December 3, 2012

It was our pleasure to host our ABE Advisory Board on Monday, December 3, 2012. This vital step in our ABET accreditation process would be impossible without the willingness of our alumni to come to campus and give back by helping us to improve our programs. Special thanks to: Mark Bowers, Kimber Brennaman, John Brubaker, Jeff Cannaday, Michael Cox, Suzie Delay, Keith Harmeyer, Anna Alsman Hayes, Ryan Howard, Andy Marchese, Joe Miller, Jacob Misch, Gerald Powell, Don Shoemaker, Amanda Stewart, Scott Strickland, and Jake Walker,

ABE 325 Students Give Project Presentations

Author: Vincent Bralts
Event Date: December 4, 2012

The students in Dr. Bralts' ABE 325 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering gave their term project reports on December 4, 2012. It is nice to see our students strut their stuff!

Alumni News - December 2012

Chris Allen (ASM '08) was featured in the Grainscape newsletter (Consolidated Grain and Barge) newsletter for November. Way to go, Chris! We are proud of all of our alumni.

Available for a Limited Time - in VERY Limited Quantities!

Author: Carol Sikler

After our orders last year for "ABE #!" apparel, we were left with a number of pieces that were shipped in error. These are the only items we have available - we are not placing an additional order. All sales are first-come, first-served and payment is due when you pick it up! Since we have had little response, I am slashing prices:

Sweatshirts ($28): Now $10

Brown - Large (1) and Medium (2)

Black - Small (1)

Tee shirts, crew neck ($10): Now $5

Gray - Small (1), Medium (2), Large (1)

Black - Small (1)

Tee shirts, v-neck ($15): Now $7

Gray - Small (3), Medium (1), Large (1)

Black - Medium (1)

Also, remember that you can order embroidered items at any time from Tad Shulties at Freckles Graphics (

Collaboration of Technology Transfer and Commercialization with China

Author: Jiqin Ni and Joseph Irudayaraj
Drs. Irudayaraj and Ni at the College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, China
Drs. Irudayaraj and Ni at the College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, China

Drs. Irudayaraj and Ni travelled to China in November 2012 to explore technology transfer and commercialization opportunities with a Purdue University delegation, led by Mr. Mark Van Fleet of Global Business Engagement, Purdue University Office of Engagement. Dr. Irudayaraj visited Chengdu City, Sichuan Province and Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province with the delegation, which also included two other Purdue Professors: Dr. Riyi Shi of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Henry Zhang of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology. Mrs. Ping Poulsen, President of Safis Solutions LLC. (Indianapolis) was also present to promote Indiana business.

Dr. Ni joined the delegation in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province. They visited Zhejiang University, met with their counterparts in the Institute of Technology Innovation Co., Ltd., the College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, and the Agriculture and Industrial Technology Research Institute at the university. Their meetings focused on establishing collaboration of research and transfer of pre-IP (intellectual property), IP, and post-IP technologies between the two universities.

The delegation also visited Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City, or Zhejiang Overseas High-level Talents Innovation Park, which has a planned area of 113 square kilometers (27.9 thousand acres) at the west side of Hangzhou. It is one of the four Future Sci-Tech Cities in China, setup to implement the national talent strategy expedite the economical transition of science commercialization in this region. The delegation was introduced with the Sci-Tech City and the possibilities for Purdue to develop technology transfer and commercialization.

Maha Fluid Power Laboratory News - December 2012

Author: Natalie Spencer

Dr. Monika Ivantysynova gave a Keynote Lecture at the Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference in Chicago (Nov. 27-29) on Future Technology Focus- Displacement Controlled Actuation.

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