May 3, 2016

Purdue ME grad about Fiat Chrysler: Automotive is the high tech of the future

Purdue mechanical engineering graduate Chris Barman (BSME '94) is now in charge of Electrical and Electronics for the NAFTA region of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, overseeing the entire lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck, and Fiat. During a recent visit to Purdue, she described how her time with the Women in Engineering Program, Society of Women Engineers, and engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho helped her decide on a career in the automotive industry. She also encourages current students to consider cars just as high tech as smartphones, websites, and rocket engines -- and with autonomy and connectivity, the automotive industry is the high tech field of the future.
May 2, 2016

Lab-on-a-Chip transforms cancer diagnosis and treatment

Nanotechnology has enabled medical treatments that were unthinkable just a decade ago. Thanks to a tiny fabricated device called a Lab on a Chip, scientists can now target and capture individual tumor cells, using only a blood sample from a cancer patient. This can potentially be a game-changer -- not just for diagnosing cancer, but potentially for testing individualized therapies on those cells in a laboratory, before using them on a patient in real life. Cagri Savran is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, conducting research at the Birck Nanotechnology Center.
April 26, 2016

Ivantysynova named a Morrill Award winner

Monika Ivantysynova (Maha Fluid Power Systems Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering) has received the Morrill Award, for professors whose careers have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and engagement missions. The award comes with a $30,000 prize. Ivantysynova studies fluid motion in the modeling and simulation of pumps and motors.
April 26, 2016

Katie Hoevet wins Big Ten Medal of Honor

Mechanical engineering major Katie Hoevet, a Purdue track and field star, has won the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2016. The award, given to just one male and female athlete in every Big Ten school, recognizes both academic and athletic excellence.
April 21, 2016

Rocket man ignites the future of solid propellants

Founded by ME post-doc Brandon Terry, Adranos Energetics plans to revolutionize the solid-fuel rocket industry, which has remained largely unchanged since the 1950s. Based on work done at Zucrow Labs, Brandon's new rocket fuel has led to several victories for Adranos in recent entrepreneurial contests.
April 20, 2016

Creating 'nanotube forests'

A new paper demonstrates how carbon nanotubes can be precisely positioned and aligned, forming “nanotube forests” that could more easily be used to build complex and useful structures. Under the supervision of Stephen Wereley (professor of mechanical engineering), the team conducted this research at Birck Nanotechnology Center.
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