July 2013 Newsletter

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Cooperative Research Initiative to study U.S. electric power consumption

Thanks to funding provided by a company co-founded by an ECE alumnus, Purdue University is collaborating with Rutgers and Auburn Universities to revolutionize the efficiency of electric power consumption within the United States.

The II-VI Foundation, started in 2007 by Purdue graduate Carl Johnson (BSEE '64) and his wife Margot, will provide up to one million in research grants over the next three years to the Cooperative Research Initiative.

Collaboration between these universities on this particular project has been ongoing since the '90s, but no formal group had been created between them.  Johnson has provided funding to Purdue for the last five years and to Auburn for the past three, all focused on similar research.  He decided to combine their effort into a single project under the leadership of John Williams, professor emeritus of physics at Auburn.  Williams serves as the coordinator of the Cooperative Research Initiative and said it was formed with the idea that the three universities can look at the same problem and solve it using three different perspectives.

Join us this fall for an ECE tailgate: Saturday, October 12

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a tailgate event on Saturday, October 12, three hours prior to kickoff of the Purdue vs. Nebraska football game (TBA). All alumni and their families are welcome to attend this free event. Discounted football tickets will be available for purchase. Invitation and RSVP information will be sent in the coming weeks.

Did you know?

During the 1970s the Engineering Computer Network began to evolve in the School of Electrical Engineering.  It was at this time that punch-card batch operations were replaced by interactive terminals.

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