August/September 2004 Newsletter
From the Dean
The fall semester is in full swing now, but Id like to report two exciting developments that took place over the summer that I think youll find interesting.
The first: The Chronicle of Higher Educationthe major trade publication for professors and other professionals in academiafeatured Purdue Engineering in its July 9, 2004, articled titled Battling the Image of A Nerds Profession: Universities Devise Programs to Lure More Students to Engineering. In examining Purdue, the Chronicle specifically focused on our new Department of Engineering Education, which you read about in the April issue of this e-letter.
Purdues Department of Engineering Education, the first such department in any U.S. university, unites our freshman engineering department and our interdisciplinary engineering program and will eventually offer masters and doctoral degrees in engineering education. It will reach out to local high schools, help develop K-12 engineering curricula, and look for ways to interest women and minority students in the discipline of engineering. In this era of declining engineering enrollments in the U.S. and increasing demands for engineers, Purdue is doing vital work.
The second news item Id like to report is Purdue Engineerings #8 ranking (shared with Carnegie Mellon) by U.S. News and World Report in its August survey of undergraduate academic programs. Weve advanced one place from last year, and thats indeed good news. (See Engineering in the News, below, for details on how individual engineering programs ranked.)
We at Purdue, and youour dedicated alumni and friendshave known for a long time that Purdue Engineering is on the move. Its rewarding indeed to see that others are taking notice as well!
Linda P.B. Katehi
Engineering in the News
The College of Engineering tied with Carnegie Mellon University for eighth nationallyup one place from last yearamong doctoral-granting engineering programs. Purdues individual engineering disciplines ranked as follows:
- Industrial/manufacturing engineering, 2nd
- Nuclear engineering, tied for 4th
- Aerospace/aeronautical engineering, tied for 4th
- Agricultural engineering, 5th
- Civil engineering, 6th
- Mechanical engineering, 7th
- Electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 8th
- Computer engineering, 10th
- Materials engineering, 12th
- Chemical engineering, 13th
- Environmental engineering, 18th
- Biomedical engineering, tied for 18th
While Purdue Engineering has made substantial progress in the past two years, we are just starting on our journey toward preeminence. We expect to see all of our programs in the top ten, and were also working to place Purdue Engineering among the top four engineering schools in the country.
Signature Area Feature: Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS)
Damage Detection: Concrete undergoes substantial movement between the time it is placed and the time it begins to develop strength. Here, Guy Mazzotta, a civil engineering undergraduate student working with Jason Weiss, an assistant professor in civil engineering, performs experiments to quantify movements as the concrete changes from a semi-solid to a solid using a robotically controlled non-contact laser. This length change is linked with acoustic emission testing that is used to detect cracking for the development of life-cycle prediction models for long-term durability of the nations infrastructure.
Intelligent Infrastructure Systems research on smarter buildings, self-monitored environmental systems, and better managed transportation flows will make for a safer, more efficient world. IIS seeks to proactively make security, self-monitoring, and emergency response plans part of the forethought of environmental, transportation, and structural systems.
Intelligent Structural Systems, a subhead under IIS, incorporates the ideas behind self-diagnosing and even self-healing structures. In addition to wiring buildings for their own self-examinations, two other subheadingsIntelligent Environmental Systems and Intelligent Transportation and Logistic Systemswill look to bolster those infrastructures. Chemical and biological sensors, for example, could ensure the safety of drinking water. When coupled with wireless technology, optimally placed sensors could immediately detect accidental and intentional releases of hazardous contaminants. Likewise, a smart transportation and logistics system will increase security while deftly managing day-to-day flows for both passenger and freight traffic.
With research experts pulled from practically every academic corner of the College of Engineering, including aeronautics and astronautics, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering, Purdue is positioning itself as a frontrunner in the IIS field.
Work in these areas is interdisciplinary by its very nature, involving expertise found in many departments in the School of Science, as well as engineering, says Jim Krogmeier , co-chair of the IIS signature area and professor of electrical and computer engineering. My own work involves the application of information technologyparticularly wireless communications and sensor signal processingto the problems of IIS. This effort began with a small collaboration with civil engineers working in the transportation area and has grown with the support of the Joint Transportation Research Program and other agencies.
The Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research is providing a new research home for the interdisciplinary teams that will increase the IQs of next-generation buildings. With 55,000 square feet of space, 14 faculty offices, three conference rooms, and space for 40 graduate students, this facility will be one of the largest and most advanced structural and materials testing facilities in the world , says Fred Mannering , the head of civil engineering. The Bowen Lab will allow us to take a national leadership role in emerging new areas in structural analysis and materials such as composite systems, auto-adaptive media, seismic response and behavior, structural modeling and system performance, experimental mechanics, nondestructive testing, advanced sensor development and application, multi-scale modeling, and the application of advances in nanotechnology for structural evaluation and monitoring.
LCDR Roland C. Roeder (BSNE 90) is serving as executive officer onboard the USS Monterey (CG-62).
Joseph P. Martino (MSECE 55) has published a murder mystery, The Justice Cooperative. Excerpts can be read at www.thejusticecooperative.com. The book is available from amazon.com.
Purdue Engineering has contracted with the data company PCI to publish a College of Engineering alumni directory in Summer 2005. Our last directory was published in 1989. A representative may be contacting you in the next few weeks to update your information.
If you have news to contribute, whether about yourself or a friend or colleague whos an alum, please forward it to Cindy Lawley, Director of External Relations, at email@example.com.
Homecomings Coming Up October 16
Check out Engineerings displays, meet your Engineering Alumni Association representatives, and test your Purdue Engineering knowledge using our new touchscreen quizall at the MSEE building and courtyard (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). Enjoy some live entertainment and some good, and grab your opportunity to march with the All-American Marching Band to the stadium and cheer on the Boilermakers. Visit http:/www.purdue.edu/homecoming for more information.
Engineers Luncheon for Deans Club Members October 22
If youre a member of the Deans Club (annual contributors at the $ 500-and-above level), make sure to attend this years Engineers Luncheon. Its our expression of thanks to you, and its your opportunity to hear the latest on whats going on in the College of Engineering. Please R.s.v.p. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming Celebration, Purdue vs. Wisconsin
Engineering Dean's Club Luncheon
Engineering Alumni Association Service Awards
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