Materials Engineering News & Events

September 2, 2015

Leonard E. Wood Lecture Series

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."
June 17, 2015

Creature's 'dactyl club' filters shear waves to resist damage

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."
May 26, 2015

Zavattieri invited to attend Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

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).
April 1, 2015

Natural nanocrystals shown to strengthen concrete

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.
June 19, 2014

Yaghoob Farnam receives PCA fellowship

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.
January 15, 2014

Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green' wonder material

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.
September 24, 2013

Olek named first ACPA Scholar

Prof. Jan Olek has been named the first ACPA Scholar in Concrete Pavement and Materials Science effective August 12, 2013. The ACPA Scholar is a two-year appointment funded by the American Concrete Pavement Association.
August 27, 2013

Olek honored at international conference

Prof. Jan Olek was honored for his outstanding contributions regarding sustainable construction materials at the Third International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies in Kyoto, Japan
April 15, 2013

Fernando Dri awarded Certificate of Excellence

Congratulations to Fernando Dri on receiving the Certificate of Excellence Award from the Purdue Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program for his work on multiscale modeling of nanocellulose.
January 30, 2013

Zavattieri receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Pablo Zavattieri was recently awarded a CAREER grant, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious honor for young researchers.
April 8, 2011

Prof. Weiss wins Huber Prize

Congratulations to Prof. Jason Weiss, recipient of the 2011 ASCE Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of early age concrete.
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