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July 16, 2018

Purdue and Whirlpool Corporation's ReNEWW House

Is it possible to convert a 1920's bungalow into a 21st-century smart home with net zero water and energy usage? That's the goal of Purdue University's RENEWW House, in conjunction with Whirlpool Corporation.

Purdue researchers have added solar panels for heat and electricity, filtered rainwater basins for most water usage, a biowall of plants to filter the air, energy-efficient appliances, and sensors to monitor every drop of water and energy usage.

June 28, 2018

Patricia Davies Receives Mentoring Award

Patricia Davies has received the 2018 Faculty Mentoring Award from Purdue Engineering, "for her formative role in the development and nurturing of junior faculty members across the College, as well as serving as a model of mutual respect, community building, and sound counsel for staff and students."
June 27, 2018

Bin Yao Receives Nagamori Award

Bin Yao, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected as one of the recipients to receive the 4th Nagamori Award through the Nagamori Foundation in Japan. The Nagamori Foundation created these awards to bring vitality to technological research of motors, and related fields, such as generators and actuators, and also to support the researchers and development engineers who have made outstanding achievements in these fields. The fundamental contributions of Bin's main research cited for the award is: "Theory and Applications of Adaptive Robust Controls to Integrated Design of Intelligent and High-Performance Mechatronic Systems".
June 19, 2018

Tony Xue receives Best Paper by a Young Presenter Award at ASA Conference

Yutong (Tony) Xue recently the Best Paper by a Young Presenter Award in Noise for his paper "Fibrous material microstructure design for optimal structural damping." Tony presented his paper at the Spring meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Minneapolis, MN. He is currently working on his PhD with Prof. J. Stuart Bolton.
May 30, 2018

Thermoacoustics Discovered in Solids

Heat produces sound waves in fluids -- but Carlo Scalo and Fabio Semperlotti have discovered that these sound waves also occur in solids. This could lead to new thermoacoustic engines, and even power future spacecraft and satellites.
April 13, 2018

Deaf Kids Code joins forces with Herrick Labs

Deaf Kids Code is an organization that brings STEM-focused workshops to kids who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, at no cost. Purdue ME professor David Cappelleri collaborated with Deaf Kids Code founder Shireen Hafeez on a do-it-yourself robot kit specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, which uses light to control the robot. His team developed the robot kit at Herrick Labs.
April 12, 2018

Multidisciplinary engineering team receives EPA grand

Jun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Wenzhuo Wu, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering are Co-PIs for the engineering team that received a national design grant award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant is titled "Development of an Economic Grain Storage System for Rain Season Harvest n Rural Africa".
April 2, 2018

Origami folds of insect wing can help improve machine functions

The earwig insect has more folds in its wings than any other organism in the animal kingdom but uses minimal energy to move. Through simulations and creating a 4-D replica of these folds, researchers from ETH Zürich in Switzerland and Purdue University have likened the wing to self-folding origami that could inform how to make machines be more adaptable and responsive with less energy used.

"The theory of origami assumes that you have 2-D, unstretchable materials," said Andres Arrieta, Purdue assistant professor of mechanical engineering, whose Programmable Structures Lab< contributed to the study. "But imagine that you have a piece of paper and you try to stretch it, and you store some energy there. That stretching creates bistabilities."
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