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March 1, 2017

Purdue joins with US Navy to explore alternative energy

Anchors aweigh! Purdue is helping the US Navy take advantage of the newest alternative energy technologies, including nanocomposites, portable hydrogen, and advanced thermal management. The U.S. Navy Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) includes ME research professor Justin Weibel and professor Kejie Zhao.
February 24, 2017

Jill Hruby is the #2 most powerful female engineer

In Business Insider's list of the most powerful female engineers of 2017, Jill Hruby is #2. Hruby, a Purdue ME grad, is the director of Sandia National Laboratories, the first female to ever run a national lab.
February 20, 2017

Purdue ASME wins regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

And the winners of this year's regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: American Society of Mechanical Engineers -- Purdue Chapter! Their machine portrayed a dinner date disaster, with the final task (applying a Band-Aid) performed by a rolling pin. Purdue ASME will compete in the National Collegiate Finals in Columbus, Ohio on March 25.
February 17, 2017

Purdue Hyperloop competes at SpaceX headquarters

Purdue Hyperloop is back from California, after competing in the first ever real-world Hyperloop tests at SpaceX headquarters. Out of 27 teams, Purdue's pod was one of only 7 that passed all the requirements to be allowed into the test track -- a mile-long vacuum chamber tube. It was also the only entry made entirely of composites... which garnered notice from SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk. Purdue Hyperloop's faculty advisor is associate professor of mechanical engineering Guillermo Paniagua.
February 16, 2017

Purdue through the eyes of an Italian student

Mario Migliorino is a PhD candidate in thermoacoustics, under assistant ME professor Carlo Scalo. Mario recently shared his experiences coming from Rome to Purdue, including corn mazes, American football games, and even a Diwali celebration.
February 15, 2017

Engineering Roller Coasters in Virtual Reality

How do you learn to design multi-million dollar roller coasters? And how do you test those coasters, even before they're built? For the last decade, Purdue ME professors Jeff Rhoads and Chuck Krousgrill have taught ME497: Roller Coaster Dynamics. The basic physics principles of inertia, centripetal acceleration, and gravity are put to the test in the most daunting of real-world applications: a thrill ride. Students design the underlying structures, but also come up with a theme and create an exciting story and environment for potential theme park guests. After presenting their projects, students use Oculus Rift goggles to experience the sights and sounds of their rides in VR.
February 10, 2017

Super-resolution system reveals mechanics of 'walking' DNA

Researchers have introduced a new type of "super-resolution" microscopy and used it to discover the precise 'walking' mechanism behind tiny DNA structures, according to Jong Hyun Choi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.
February 9, 2017

Ralph Bailey (1924-2017)

Ralph E. Bailey, 92, passed away on February 1, 2017. He was a great friend to Purdue Mechanical Engineering.
February 8, 2017

Robot Grand Prix: Learning Systems and Controls the Fun Way

In Purdue's ME375 class, mechanical engineering juniors study systems, measurement, and controls. The grand finale is a grand prix: students build a robot and program it to autonomously sense and follow a straight line. In recent years, the competition has intensified, with a glitzy new racetrack in the shape of the Purdue "P".
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