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It's a banner year for the School of Mechanical Engineering. Once again we have record enrollment: 1,388 undergraduates and 555 graduate students. We now have 80 faculty members -- 25 of them hired in the last five years. We have more women and minorities than ever before, and more research efforts happening in every one of our academic divisions.

Below you'll find a sampling of YouTube videos that tell some of these amazing stories: from alumni who have gone on to achieve significant things, to students and faculty who are accomplishing important work that could only happen at Purdue.

And of course, all of this wouldn't be possible without your support. As you read about the impact of our Purdue Mechanical Engineers, consider how giving to Purdue might multiply that impact, helping to move the world forward.

Anil Bajaj

William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering
Alpha P. Jamison Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Like Father, Like Son

Dan Suciu (BSME '44, MSME '49, Ph.D. '51) just received an Outstanding Mechanical Engineer award for his lifelong work at GE.  His son Jim, now President of Global Sales and Marketing for GE Power, also won the award in 2013.  Watch his amazing story here...

Chris Barman | Clay Cooper | Jon Douglas | Mark Gritton | Larry Howell | Rahul Mital | Jennifer Rumsey | Jan Shumate | Dirk Smith | Dan Suciu
Dust Furniture: the Beauty of Mechanical Engineering

Vincent Leman (BSME '00) has a love for all things artistic, and all things mechanical: so he combined them into one passion for building beautiful furniture. Dust Furniture pieces have abstract curves, otherworldly angles... and a solid basis in Mechanical Engineering. In this alumni profile, Vincent talks about how his education at Purdue informs the design and manufacture of his unique furniture. Video...
SUV crash testing in the national spotlight

Becky Gunn Mueller (MSME '09) works for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Her latest study, showing that many SUVs offer far less crash protection for front passengers than for drivers, gained national media attention this summer. CBS News...
From Rube Goldberg to SpongeBob

David Keefe and Alex Weaver met at Purdue, learning how to build Rube Goldberg machines. After graduation, they started their own business, Euclid Machine and Design, designing and fabricating custom items, including for the SpongeBob Musical! For the musical's world premiere in Chicago, Euclid designed and built several chain reaction machines: spinning, banging on drums, and even launching balls onto the stage! Video...
Jill Hruby recognized by Society of Women Engineers

Congratulations to Purdue ME grad Jill Hruby, President of Sandia National Labs. Jill recently received the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Story...
Jim Eibel Carries on Purdue Family Tradition

Jim Eibel (BSME '58) has a long history at Purdue. His father was fraternity brothers with John Wooden; his wife of 53 years, Sue, is also a Purdue graduate; their children and grandchildren have followed in their footsteps attending. The School is proud to acknowledge ME1061, the largest classroom in the Mechanical Engineering Building, as the "James A. Eibel Classroom in Mechanical Engineering." Video...
Speed Dating for Industry Research

Cummins, Inc. and Purdue University have been industry partners for many years.  At a recent networking event, members of Cummins and Purdue shared a lunchtime "speed dating" session, where they could learn about each other's research -- and then 5 minutes later, move on to learn about the next person's research.  More connections between industry, researchers, and students, translates to more opportunities to move the world forward. Video...
Beautiful Research features hypergolic propellants

A new website highlighting "Beautiful Research" features the work of Steven Son and the Hypergolic Propellants Lab at Zucrow Labs. Hypergolics are substances that instantly combust when they come into contact with each other. More...
German and Purdue Students Learn About Refrigeration Together

Graduate students from Purdue teamed up with students from Dresden, Germany to complete an international course in refrigeration and compressors. They spent one week at the Technical University of Dresden, collaborated long-distance over the summer, and then convened for one week at Purdue University's Herrick Labs to present their final projects. Video...
Why do hoverboards explode?

It's partly because we don't fully know the limits of lithium-ion batteries. That's why Amy Marconnet and her team are dissecting the batteries and thoroughly testing the heat-transferring properties of the materials inside. Video...
MakerPad Brings 3D Printing to the Average Person

In the 21st century, 3D printing should be easy -- but it isn't. What will it take for the average person to design something in 3D, and easily convert it into a physical object? MakerPad is a new online platform that allows anyone to design and print objects in 3D, using their smartphone. It uses the same smartphone gestures you already know: tilt, swipe, pinch, move. It also uses the phone's cameras to re-create existing objects, and allow you to easily manipulate them. Then the online platform easily enables the object to be sent to a 3D printer or laser cutter. Story...
Ashley Evans: Engineering and Volleyball Powerhouse

Purdue Volleyball setter Ashley Evans has always excelled at both athletics and academics. She's a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and also won the All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award in May 2016. But she works just as hard in the classroom. In this profile, she discusses why she chose mechanical engineering, and how hard work enables her to do *two* things that she loves. Video...
Baja: Design a Car, Build It, Race It!

Congratulations to Purdue's Baja SAE team, returning from the collegiate championships in California. Despite a rollover accident in the 4-hour endurance race (no one was hurt), Purdue's team finished 36th out of 94 teams -- defeating schools from all over the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, India, and Dubai. The competition also judged the design and cost of constructing the car, for which Purdue finished in the top 25. Like all the car teams at Purdue, it's a year-long process, requiring know-how in mechanical engineering, product design, fluid mechanics, material science, manufacturing, and economics. Video...
Undergraduates do top-level research: Bottomley Scholars

Purdue is well known for its graduate research programs, but thanks to a donation by Jim & Marilynn Dammon, undergraduates also have the opportunity to team up with a faculty member and pursue top-level research in mechanical engineering. The Bottomley Scholars (named after Marilynn's father, H. William Bottomley, a 1943 Purdue ME graduate) team up with a faculty member and pursue research projects in nanotechnology, rocket fuel, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and more. They presented their findings to the public at a recent poster show. Video...
Switchback: A GoPro Necessity Creates a Purdue Invention

Necessity is the mother of invention -- so when a group of Purdue students got frustrated with their GoPro accessories, they decided to invent their own. It's called the Switchback, and it allows users to quickly and easily rotate their GoPro, or put it on another mount, without messing with screws or pegs. The first prototype came about as part of their sophomore-level design class, but they have since gone into business to manufacture it. Video...
Mechanical clock from 1895 still ticking

Mechanical clocks seem appropriate to showcase in a Mechanical Engineering building -- but there's more to this clock than meets the eye. Professor Galen King gives the history of the Heavilon Hall clock: built in 1895, found and fully restored by Jack Fessler, and now proudly keeping time in the Gatewood wing of the Mechanical Engineering building at Purdue University. Video...
7th and 8th graders build cardboard robots

Every year, the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) brings 7th and 8th graders from around the world to Purdue for a taste of college life. This year, one of their courses was in Toy Design, led by Karthik Ramani (Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering). Students learned the basics of design, and then collaborated to build motorized robots out of cardboard, which told a story. Video...
Creating a More Intelligent Building: Herrick Conferences

Did you know that buildings consume 40 percent of the nation's energy? Creating efficient buildings saves energy, and helps to stave off climate change. That was the focus of three simultaneous conferences this summer at Herrick Labs, which hosts one of the most advanced HVAC laboratories in the world. More...
Issam Mudawar receives named professorship

Dr. Issam Mudawar has been named the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Here he talks about his current project, working on cooling systems for future spacecraft. Video...
 
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