Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Fall 2010

College of Engineering From The Dean

As part of the College of Engineering’s quest to transform engineering, we are committed to educating Renaissance engineers for the 21st century world. It makes perfect sense, then, to look to Renaissance faculty to guide these future engineers on their way.

In this issue of Engineering Impact, you will be introduced to wonderfully creative men and women who not only bring talent to the classroom and research laboratories, but are guided by their own Renaissance spirit in their pursuit of dance, photography and a variety of other art forms. The discipline and creativity required to execute a flawless rumba or solve a woodworking problem all come into play in their lives as engineers.

N.W. Dougherty, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Tennessee, described the artist/engineer well when he wrote in 1955: “The ideal engineer is a composite ... He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer; but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems.”

The discussion is timely and timeless. Art, in fact, was featured as one of the topics at this fall’s National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Among the sessions was one focused on engineering and music, with presentations including “De-mystifying Music and its Performance” and “The Laptop Orchestra as Ensemble and Laboratory.”

The pairing of art with science is implied in a variety of ways in our strategic plan, which is now squarely in its implementation phase. There is an update on that in this issue as well.

Leonardo da Vinci set the wheels in motion long ago with his marriage of engineering and art. His curiosity and ingenuity spanned the domains of mathematics, civil engineering, anatomy, and well beyond. As you read this magazine, you’ll see this same curiosity, zest for life, and abundant ingenuity at play in our students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

Leah H. Jamieson
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering
Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

All Work and Some Play
April 14, 2011
Solo guitar acts, a Metallica cover, the fancy footwork of Purdue’s nationally ranked Indian Raas dance troupe. This was “Engineering’s Got Talent,” a chance before the end of the spring semester for students, faculty and staff to cut loose and put creativity on display.
‘Microrings’ could nix wires for communications in homes, offices
December 08, 2010
Minghao Qi
Nanowick at heart of new system to cool ‘power electronics’
December 08, 2010
Art meets Engineering
December 08, 2010
The diligence of a dancer.
The care of a craftsman.
The precision of a photographer.
Interdisciplinary Engineering: Imagine the possibilities
December 08, 2010
On Finding Future Engineers in the Art Classroom
December 08, 2010
Robert Sabol
Nuclear Know-How
December 08, 2010
Students educate high school science teachers
Purdue Takes the Lead with Inaugural eVGrand Prix
December 08, 2010
Rocking On
December 08, 2010
Math + science + music = acoustical engineering
Lighting the Scene
December 08, 2010
Student satisfies theater, engineering interests with unique major
What’s in Your Toolbox?
December 08, 2010
Park engineer blends visual thinking, linear logic
The College of Engineering’s Presidential and Trustees Scholarships
December 08, 2010
Scholarship challenge match opens doors for top students
Embracing Change
December 08, 2010