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August 30, 2016

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.
August 22, 2016

From Rube Goldberg to SpongeBob: you never know where engineering will take you!

David Keefe and Alex Weaver met at Purdue, learning how to build Rube Goldberg machines: including a Guinness world record holder. After graduation, they started their own business, Euclid Machine and Design, designing and fabricating custom items. Their most recent project? 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! You never know where Mechanical Engineering at Purdue will take you!
August 9, 2016

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.
August 8, 2016

Purdue celebrates record year for patents

Purdue University is ranked 15th in the world in U.S. utility patents -- just part of a record-breaking year for startups and commercialization. Suresh Garimella appeared on Inside Indiana Business to discuss their success.
August 2, 2016

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.
August 1, 2016

Student Profile: Robert St. Claire

Meet Rob St. Claire: came to play Purdue Men's Club Volleyball, interned at Apple, became an acoustical engineer, and now is in grad school -- and still playing volleyball!
July 29, 2016

Indiana Manufacturing Institute begins its $50 million project

The future of composite manufacturing is here, as we celebrate the opening of the $50 million Indiana Manufacturing Institute. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, the new facility will operate out of Purdue Research Park.
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