Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Winter 2009

College of Engineering College Of Engineering

Around the Fountain
April 06, 2009
Mike Sherwood, supervisor of machining and building services for the School of Mechanical Engineering, and his staff support more than 900 undergraduate students, about 300 graduate students, and about 30 faculty members. They also support many student organizations, including Solar Car, First Robotics, SAE mini-Baja, and Formula SAE.
Nanowires May Help Electronics Industry
April 06, 2009
Researchers from Purdue and IBM have discovered that tiny structures called silicon nanowires might be ideal for manufacturing future computers and consumer electronics because the nanowires form the same way every time.
Purdue to help draw women to STEM disciplines
April 06, 2009
Purdue is launching a national model program to increase the number and diversity of women faculty members in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—as well as agriculture.
Filtering May Have Environmental, Industrial Applications
April 06, 2009
Materials engineers have created a new type of membrane that separates oil from water and, if perfected, might be used for environmental cleanup, water purification, and industrial applications.
Going Green
April 06, 2009
Engineering affirms commitment to environment
Conference Explores Water Quality
April 06, 2009
Water quality in the Great Lakes was the topic of a daylong conference at Purdue University–Calumet last fall.
Materials Engineering Marks 50 Years
April 06, 2009
The School of Materials Engineering will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009, recognizing a road well traveled and a future rich with possibility.
Astronauts’ Archives Coming to Purdue
April 06, 2009
Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, the most recent person to walk on the moon, will soon leave another footprint alongside fellow space explorer Neil Armstrong, this time in Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.
Our Cresting Water Crisis
April 06, 2009
Lack of clean water is responsible for more deaths in the world than war, according to a 2002 report by the United Nations (UN). By the same account, about one out of every six people living today do not have adequate access to water. Beyond human need, agriculture, industry, and healthy ecosystems are all dependent on clean water.
Responding to the Global Water Challenge
April 06, 2009
During spring semester 2008, five agricultural and biological engineering students chose to focus their senior capstone project on water problems on the West Bank of Palestine. They worked with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to deliver clean drinking water to Al Nwai’mah, a town of 2,200 residents.
I2I Learning Lab Redefines Classroom Environment
April 06, 2009
Some 1,800 first-year engineering students are addressing the biggest problems facing humanity this year through team-based projects. And they’re doing it in classrooms that are revolutionizing the way engineering is taught.
Engineering on the Frontlines
April 06, 2009
Unique PhD program bridges academic and military worlds
Worldwide Engagement
April 06, 2009
Global Engineering Program aims for international impact
Trustees Support Engineering’s Strategic Plan
April 06, 2009
Funds will support global education, research, and faculty development
A Question Of Water Quality
April 06, 2009
CE grad research focuses on the effect of hormones on water sources
Efficiency for the Future
April 06, 2009
Gerald D. Hines (BSME ’48) was a partner in Texas Engineering before founding Gerald D. Hines Interests, which is one of the largest real-estate firms in the world, with operations in the United States and 15 other countries. His recent gift of $2 million will support expansion of the university’s Ray W. Herrick Laboratories. The facility’s Gerald D. Hines Sustainable Buildings Technology Laboratory will focus on new building technologies and their impact on human behavior and productivity.
Ford Gift Helps EPICS Make Green Home a Reality
April 06, 2009
Purdue University’s Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS) recently became one of five winning programs in the Ford College Community Challenge.
Access and opportunity for minorities
April 06, 2009
Marion Williamson Blalock, retired director of Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program, guided thousands of students, from middle schoolers in Summer Engineering Workshops to those who earned doctorate degrees in engineering.
Endowment to fund Summer Engineering Workshops
April 06, 2009
Each summer, a door of opportunity opens for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade minority students, many of whom have never been outside their hometowns or visited a college campus.
Roberta Gleiter: A Vanguard for Women Engineers
April 06, 2009
Roberta Banaszak Gleiter doesn’t scare easily. At the top of her 1956 graduating class in an all-girls high school, she wanted to be challenged in college, so she asked her mother which discipline would be the most difficult. Unsure, Gleiter’s mother suggested they ask their dentist, who looked into it and reported that chemical engineering was the most difficult.
New Energy Economy: Promise or Possibility?
April 06, 2009
Barack Obama pledged during his presidential campaign to create a new energy economy. This could translate into support for the sustainability industry, encouraging the development of solar power, electric cars, and the like.