July 1, 2016

Steve Florence chosen for Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay

Steve Florence, ME’s Technical Services Manager, was chosen as one of the torchbearers for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. The torch, built by Purdue engineering students, will be carried through all 92 Indiana counties this fall, including Purdue’s campus on October 12th. Other torchbearers include president Mitch Daniels and astronaut David Wolf.
June 24, 2016

DeepHand algorithm learns and re-creates a virtual human hand

"DeepHand," developed at C Design Lab, uses depth-sensing cameras to re-create the movement of a hand in a virtual 3D space. More importantly, it uses deep-learning algorithms to understand the hand's structure and movement, so that (just like the human brain) it can extrapolate features of the hand that are not visible to the cameras.
June 21, 2016

Mechanical Engineering represented on International Space Station

When Scott Tingle (MSME '88) heads to the International Space Station in September 2017, he'll be bringing several items from Purdue, including a placard with the Purdue Engineering logo on one side, and on the other a helpful reminder: "Don't worry, I'm a Mechanical Engineer."
June 20, 2016

Purdue grads make some noise at Noise-Con

Several Purdue ME students and graduates were recognized at Noise-Con, the annual conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, in Providence, Rhode Island.
June 15, 2016

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.
June 8, 2016

Micro-Robots Have a Soft Touch

The possibilities seem to be endless for microrobots (robots smaller than a millimeter), from medicine to manufacturing. But there are also plenty of challenges. Dave Cappelleri and his team at Purdue have already tackled one of these challenges -- how do you get something to move that is too small for a motor or a battery? Now they are tackling another: how can a microrobot use just the right amount of force to manipulate an individual cell? The answer lies in tracking them visually.
June 6, 2016

Kevin Drummond Wins Best Paper at ITherm

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Kevin Drummond, winner for Best Paper Award in the Emerging Technologies Track of this weekend's IEEE ITherm Conference in Las Vegas.
June 1, 2016

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 also finished in the top 25. It's a year-long process, requiring know-how in mechanical engineering, product design, fluid mechanics, material science, manufacturing, and economics. Students run the team, attract sponsors, validate the design work, manufacture nearly every single piece of the vehicle (except the engine and shocks), and test the vehicle for acceleration, durability, and safety. It gets engineers out of the classroom and into a real-world application of all they've learned at Purdue.
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