Materials Engineering News & Events

Innovative energy-absorbing materials have potential uses in buildings, helmets
Posted: November 10, 2015
Purdue University is collaborating with General Motors to develop a new type of energy-absorbing material that might be 3-D printed and that could have an impact in areas ranging from earthquake engineering to safer football helmets.
Leonard E. Wood Lecture Series
Posted: September 2, 2015
In cooperation with the Purdue Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Dr. Benjamin Colucci-Rios delivered his Leonard E. Wood Lecture on September 8, 2015, entitled, "Innovation in Transportation in the 21st Century."
Creature's 'dactyl club' filters shear waves to resist damage
Posted: June 17, 2015
The "smasher" peacock mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a bizarre hammer-like appendage that, new research shows, can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of "shear waves."
Mantis Shrimp
Zavattieri invited to attend Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium
Posted: May 26, 2015
Pablo Zavattieri, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been invited to participate in the fifth Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium July 28-31, 2015 in Makassar, Indonesia. The symposium is sponsored by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Pablo Zavattieri
CE grad students active as Big Brothers in the community
Posted: April 17, 2015
CE grad students Nate Todd and Robert Spragg volunteer their time in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to help make a positive impact in the lives of area youth.
Natural nanocrystals shown to strengthen concrete
Posted: April 1, 2015
Cellulose nanocrystals derived from industrial byproducts have been shown to increase the strength of concrete, representing a potential renewable additive to improve the ubiquitous construction material.
Zavattieri selected to attend U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Posted: August 25, 2014
Pablo Zavattieri, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been selected as one of the nation's 83 outstanding young engineers to attend the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Pablo Zavattieri
Yaghoob Farnam receives PCA fellowship
Posted: June 19, 2014
Yaghoob Farnam, Ph.D. candidate working under the supervision of Professor Jason Weiss, has received the 2014 Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation's J. P. Gleason Fellowship.
Farnam, McVeigh, and Byers (L to R)
Research team awarded $7.5 million Department of Defense award
Posted: April 21, 2014
Associate Prof. Pablo Zavattieri and his collaborators selected for $7.5 million grant to study more than 20 organisms to develop strong, tough materials based on their design structures.
Pablo Zavattieri
Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green' wonder material
Posted: January 15, 2014
Assistant professor Pablo Zavattieri is part of a research team exploring the strength of cellulose nanocrystals and their potential applications in products such as construction materials and automotive components.

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