Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Summer 2008

College of Engineering College of Engineering

From Concept to Commercialization
December 03, 2008
As never before, academic researchers are breaking down the walls that have traditionally separated them from the outside world. No longer holed up in solitary laboratories behind ivy-covered walls, today’s researchers are forging connections to the outside world at an increasingly rapid rate.
A Helping Hand
December 03, 2008
Whether you’re a researcher developing a fan-proof goal post, stronger car tire, or better imaging device, Purdue’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) can play a role. The office serves Purdue through the “commercialization of its intellectual property,” whether patents, copyright, trademarks, or tangible research property.
 
Forging Allies
December 03, 2008
Purdue can claim a leading role in opening the door to technology transfer with China, after beginning an exchange of superalloy technology long before the country’s economic and technological boom.
The Seven Key Factors for Success as an Entrepreneur
December 03, 2008
Keith J. Krach on how to build successful companies with lasting value.
Trailblazer
December 03, 2008
Darryl Dickerson has conferred with Bill Gates, traveled to Nigeria as the national chair of an organization with 30,000 members, and managed that same multimillion dollar organization with a fulltime staff of 26. And he did all of that before he turned 26 himself.
When Good Food Goes Bad
December 03, 2008
While researching the use of light-scattering sensors to detect microscale contaminants on semiconductor wafers in the 1990s, Dan Hirleman got to thinking: Could the same technology be used to identify tainted food?
Ahead of the Curve
December 03, 2008
Purdue University’s Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, a hub of industry-oriented research in areas ranging from advanced automotive technologies to “smart” buildings, turns 50 in July with an eye toward the future.
Lasting Tribute
December 03, 2008
When Richard T. Hartzell (BSME ’57), died of cancer in 2006, his longtime friend Larry Miller wasn't ready to say goodbye. Instead, he funded an engineering scholarship in the hope that Hartzell's spirit—his excellence in engineering and his dedication to family and community—would live on in future engineers.
Global Engineering Seeks Engagement at all Levels
December 03, 2008
Globalization and international competition demands engineers who are comfortable with other cultures.
Economy and Environment
December 03, 2008
With claims that environmental regulations, green building, and other protect-the-earth measures could strangle the economy, many corporations, developers, and investors feel they face the challenge of sacrificing one for the other. Others believe there’s a middle ground that could satisfy both factions. What’s in the cards for our future?