College of Engineering

2016: Year in Review


Microbots individually controlled using 'mini force fields'

Researchers are using a technology likened to "mini force fields" to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines in areas including manufacturing and medicine.

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Purdue's Zucrow expansion highlighted during celebration

Purdue University highlighted the expansion of facilities and research at its Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, the nation's largest university propulsion laboratory, during a Monday (Feb. 22) celebration in the Kurz Atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering.

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cancer diagram

New direction urged to improve cancer nanotechnology

Researchers involved in a national effort to develop cancer treatments that harness nanotechnology are recommending pivotal changes in the field because experiments with laboratory animals and efforts based on current assumptions about drug delivery have largely failed to translate into successful clinical results.

The assessment was advanced in a perspective piece that appeared in the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Nanotechnology Plan 2015, a 10-year roadmap concerning the use of nanotechnology to attack cancer.

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Purdue EPICS projects help blind, visually impaired students

Blind and visually impaired students are partnering with Purdue University students working on projects through the EPICS program to improve education technology for others.

Two EPICS student teams have worked with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired staff and students since fall 2014 on the LEAP and Magnifier projects.

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Nancy Ho receives top award from President Obama

Nancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama on May 19th.

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Electronic sensor that tells dead bacteria from live by measuring 'osmoregulation'

A new type of electronic sensor that might be used to quickly detect and classify bacteria for medical diagnostics and food safety has passed a key hurdle by distinguishing between dead and living bacteria cells.

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Purdue lab dissecting lithium-ion batteries to improve safety

The recent recall of hoverboards because of exploding lithium-ion batteries highlights the danger of overheating batteries. Amy Marconnet, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, can speak about the effects of excessive heating in batteries.

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Super-resolution 3-D microscopy images cells in unprecedented detail

A new ultra-high resolution "nanoscope" is capable of taking 3-D images of an entire cell and its cellular constituents in unprecedented detail, an advance that could reveal biological phenomena never before seen and bring new medical insights.

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Thermal metamaterial' innovation could help bring waste-heat harvesting technology to power plants, factories

An international research team has used a "thermal metamaterial" to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures, an advance that could bring devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories.

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Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay visits Purdue University

On Wednesday October 12, selected members of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch design team were privileged to carry the torch on the Boilermaker Special along with astronaut Dr. David Wolf and College of Engineering Dean Leah Jamieson.

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Charles and Nancy Davidson

Purdue School of Chemical Engineering to bear alumnus name

A Purdue alumnus has given the university's School of Chemical Engineering a $20 million gift, and the school will now be named in his honor.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the naming on November 11th, along with the gift from Charles D. Davidson and his wife, Nancy.

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'Tis the season: INSPIRE annual guide offers engineering gift ideas

The 3rd Annual Engineering Gift Guide includes more than 90 fun toy and application suggestions intended to engage girls and boys in engineering thinking and design. All entries were reviewed by children, parents, engineers, and educational experts in the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering.

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