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April 2013 ABe-Notes

Graduate Student New for April 2013

The College of Engineering held its Graduate Student Research, Teaching, and Service Awards program on April 9, 2013. Graduate students were recognized in three categories, and ABE was represented in all three.

  • Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching - given to outstanding teaching assistants in memory of Estus H. and Vashti Magoon who have influenced the lives of many engineering educators early in their careers through this award: Ulhas S. Kadam
  • Award for Outstanding Researchers - goes to students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership in research through publications, participation in professional organizations, and willingness to mentor others: Brittany Newell
  • Outstanding Service Scholarship - presented to engineering graduate students who have provided outstanding service to the graduate student community, the School, the College, and/or the University: Jennifer Kahn

We are proud of all of our students - it is gratifying when others recognize their value as well. Congratulations!

Maha Fluid Power Laboratory News for April 2013

Author: Natalie Spencer

Site Visit

In April, the Maha Fluid Power Center will be hosting over 100 guests including National Science Foundation (NSF) and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) representatives and board members and other CCEFP-sponsored universities professors and graduate students. This unique opportunity allows Maha both to represent Purdue University and to display the achievements accomplished during 7 years-to-date of NSF and CCEFP funding. Events include guided tours, machine demonstrations, poster sessions, and presentations.

Three of the five main research areas at Maha are supported by the NSF through participation in the CCEFP. This research includes advanced energy saving hydraulic actuators, advanced hydraulic hybrid power trains and control, and fluid structure interaction in critical piston machine interfaces. Maha students will also be presenting results on several “test bed” projects including a hybrid displacement-controlled mini excavator. The machine allows for a 50% downsizing of the engine while saving more than 50% fuel compared to best-available current designs.

Maha Abroad

Dr. Monika Ivantysynova, Dr. Andrea Vacca, Marco Zecchi, and Junjie Zhou will be presenting at the 8th Annual International Conference on Fluid Power Transmission and Control April 9-11 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Purdue Research Foundation honors 5 ABE Faculty Members

Five of our ABE faculty members were honored at the PRF 8th Annual Inventors Recognition Reception:

  • Klein Ileleji
  • Monika Ivantysynova
  • Gary Krutz
  • Jenna Rickus
  • Bernard Tao

all received patents in the fiscal year 2011-2012. Mark Morgan, professor in Food Science, also received a patent. He has a courtesy appointment in ABE. Of 7 College of Agriculture faculty so honored, we lay claim to 6 of them!

Undergraduate Student News - April 2013

HannahJoy Pheasant Wins 3rd in Townsend Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Competition

HannahJoy won third place in the first year of the competition for her presentation "Biomass Briquettes in Africa." She will be honored at the College of Agriculture Awards Banquet on April 15, 2013. In addition to receiving the award, the College of Agriculture will be using her presentation for educational purposes across the College. Congratulations, HannahJoy!

Alpha Mu

Congratulations to the March 25, 2013, initiates of Alpha Mu, the Honor Society for Agricultural Systems Management, who have manifested worthy qualities of character, scholarship, and professional attainment. They are pictured in the front row (left to right):

Jonathan Pelsy, Will Borcherding, Adam Sills, Logan Weiss, Aaron Lupfer, Jason Paarlberg, Austin Guicken

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