December 2003 Newsletter
FROM THE DEAN
Its been a tremendous year. Through this forum, Ive been pleased
to share with you exciting news about the progress and the
accomplishments of Purdue Engineering. To name just a few, in 2003
weve celebrated the formation of a University Technology Center with
Rolls-Royce and seen ground-breakings for the Birck Nanotechnology
Center and the Biomedical Engineering Building. Weve opened the Bowen
Lab for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research, and weve been ranked
highly for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our faculty have
gained renown through prestigious awards, and weve seen the
development of an ambitious strategic plan.
All these achievements, and the many others weve experienced in 2003, bear witness to an engineering program thats on the move to preeminence.
Id like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your
commitment to Purdue Engineering and for the part you play in our
success. Id also like to invite you to Orlando for the Purdue
Engineering reception in connection with the Capital One Bowl (see Orlando Bound below for details). Were going to have a great time!
Linda P.B. Katehi
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering
ORLANDO BOUND: Capital One Bowl Reception 12/31/03 @ 5 p.m.
The Boilermakers are headed to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day, and Purdue Engineering is hosting a party to celebrate. Join us at the Orange County Convention Center, across from the Peabody Hotel, on Wednesday, December 31, at 5 p.m., to mingle with fellow alumni, Dean Linda Katehi, and the Engineering school heads. Check the Purdue Web site at www.purdue.edu for all the latest information. RSVP by December 23 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signature Area Feature
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (AMM)one of Purdue Engineerings eight signature areashas a distinct approach of researching manufacturing from a materials perspective. With research in diverse areas, Purdue engineers have shown, for example, that nanostructured material can be made in a wide variety of metals and alloys from machine shop chips for about per pound, whereas traditional methods cost more than 0 per pound and are more limited. AMM has two subareas:
- Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, which applies intelligent control to optimize and control complex manufacturing processes. A hybrid technique combines conventional control, information technology, and emerging areas of soft computing to solve complex problems such as grinding, where multiple issues such as roughness, power, wear of wheel, and temperature must be addressed.
- Sustainable Manufacturing Systems, in which researchers improve efficiency of the manufacturing process and reduce effluents and energy consumption. Three focus areas include nanomaterials, reducing friction in machining while improving efficiency by application of controlled vibrations, and improving efficiency of processes through better sensing and control of manufacturing machines and processes.
With a high level of interdisciplinary work and new facilities such as the Center for Laser-Based Micro-Fabrication and the Center for Laser-Based Manufacturing, we continue to strive for excellence and innovation within this signature area.
Wings of Their Dreams: Purdue in Flight
John Norberg, a senior writer for Purdue, is publishing his fourth book about the university, Wings of Their Dreams: Purdue in Flight. In this new book, Norberg gives us a history of flight and a history of Purdue, told through the stories of aviation pioneers.
This is a story in which Purdue plays a unique role. Purdue established the first university airport and one of the first academic programs in aeronautics and astronautics. Purdue helped finance the final flight by Amelia Earhart. Before NASA and the Mercury program, a Purdue engineer became known as "Mr. Space." Purdue created the first bachelor's degree for airplane pilots and has graduated 22 people selected for space travelincluding the first and last men to walk on the moon.
In telling the stories of 22 Purdue astronauts, Wings of Their Dreams covers the space program from the beginning of NASA to the present day and is among the most extensive collections of narratives about people who have flown in space.
For more information, see: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html3month/031020.Norberg.flightbook.html
To order, see: http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/PuP/Wingdreams.asp
Engineering Bowl Reception
|January 1, 2004||
Capital One Bowl Game
Presidents Council Event Houston, TX
Regional Alumni Event Houston, TX
Presidents Council Event Phoenix, AZ
Regional Alumni Event Phoenix, AZ
Presidents Council Event San Francisco, CA
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