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February 17, 2021

Thanos Tzempelikos receives best paper award from Society of Light and Lighting

Thanos Tzempelikos, Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Ray W. Herrick Labs, has been awarded the prestigious Leon Gaster Award from the Society of Light and Lighting as a co-author of the paper, "Cross-validation and robustness of daylight glare metrics", published in the esteemed journal Lighting Research and Technology in November 2019.
January 12, 2021

Sansit Patnaik wins battery housing design competition

Congratulations to Sansit Patnaik, who won a design competition in Germany by optimizing the battery housing for an electric car. Sansit, a graduate research assistant at Herrick Labs, collaborated remotely with friends at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
November 19, 2020

The clapping circle "squeak," finally explained

This brick circle on Purdue's campus is called the "clapping circle"... when you stand in the middle of it and clap, you hear an odd squeak. Thanks to the research of professor Stuart Bolton and his acoustics students, now we know why.
October 21, 2020

Radiative cooling paint

What if paint could cool off a building enough to not need air conditioning? Xiulin Ruan has pioneered radiative cooling paint; instead of absorbing sunlight, it radiates the heat back into space. This actually cools surfaces below ambient temperature, something paint has never done before.
September 27, 2020

Raymond Cohen (1923-2020)

The School of Mechanical Engineering is sad to announce that Raymond Cohen, professor and former director of Herrick Labs, has passed away.
September 22, 2020

Don Giffels remembers the early days of Herrick Labs

Today, Herrick Labs is the foremost academic HVAC lab in the world. But when it opened in 1958, its focus was on how livestock reacted to refrigeration! Don Giffels (MSME 1959) was one of the first graduate students at Herrick, and shares his reflections.
July 13, 2020

Shape-shifting furniture inspired by Venus flytrap

"Flat pack furniture" may soon have a new meaning. Purdue researchers have developed a 3D printing method that emulates the switchable bistability of the Venus flytrap plant. This breakthrough in material science may soon inspire flat objects that snap into their final stable form with very little external force.
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