Section Investments in Infrastructure
Expansions and improvements to teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, offices
Zach Vander Missen (BSEE ’16) may have been able to make something work.
He might have found a machine shop willing to make fixtures and assembly apparatuses with his detailed specifications, his occasionally “strange materials,” and the high-precision tolerances necessary for his research. But even so, he probably would have had to go through several rounds of prototypes.
Instead, Vander Missen, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is machining his own components at Purdue’s Bechtel Innovation Design Center (BIDC). He is often positioned in front of one of Haas Automation Inc.’s CNC machines inside the Haas Manufacturing Laboratory.
When Max W. Brown (BSEE ’70) returned to Purdue in 2013 for the first time in more than 40 years, he hardly recognized the campus. Gone were the World War II-era Quonset huts that stood where Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering is now located. Gone too was the power plant smokestack that once dominated the landscape.
When John DeFord entered Purdue University in the fall of 1980, his aspiration was to earn a degree in electrical engineering and get a job in the industry. But Purdue had grander plans for him.
During his second semester, DeFord (BSEE ’84, MSEE ’85, PhD ’90) broadened his horizons. “I responded to an advertisement in the Exponent seeking paid volunteers for a study of electrosurgical electrodes,” he says. “That was my introduction to biomedical engineering, Dr. Geddes and the amazing team he had assembled.”