About the Venue
The conference will be housed in the Stewart Center at Purdue University. Registration will be on the main floor in the East Foyer. Session rooms and hospitality spaces (coffee, refreshments & information) on the second and third floors of Stewart Center.
Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship University of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.
The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs. In 2013, Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 8th in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. Today, Purdue is a well known world-class research institution. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.
The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, host of the bi-annual conferences, were established in 1958 through the leadership of Purdue Professor Bill Fontaine and a grant from the Herrick Foundation. In 2008, the labs celebrated our 50th Anniversary.
Today we are part of the School of Mechanical Engineering, but the 10-20 Mechanical Engineering faculty who do research here collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects with faculty in the other Schools of Engineering, as well as faculty in the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts. The four main technical areas of research include thermal systems and air quality, noise and vibration control, electromechanical systems, and modeling of human response for machine & system optimization. Under these four technical areas lie overarching themes related to energy utilization and efficiency, reduction of pollutants in the environment, quality of life, and sustainability and safety.
Currently we have just over seventy graduate students studying at the Laboratories. About one-third are doing a Master’s Thesis and the others are studying for a Ph.D. We have a number of visiting international scholars and also undergraduates involved in research projects. Many projects are sponsored by industry and all are relevant to industry needs, which is in keeping with our mission. Each student has many opportunities to interact with people from industry, including our Industrial Advisory Committee.