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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.
July 28, 2016

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.
July 26, 2016

Aerial Agriculture: drone startup assists farmers

Aerial Agriculture LLC, a startup company launched by Purdue ME students, aims to revolutionize the agricultural industry by building drones in-house to capture multispectral images of entire crop fields.
July 22, 2016

Expanding global engineering in east Asia

It's easier than ever for Purdue Engineering students to study abroad in east Asia, thanks to a grant from the US State Department. The team behind the grant includes Jim Jones, associate head of the School of Mechanical Engineering.
July 15, 2016

Purdue Freeform is transforming classrooms

It's an understatement to say that technology has changed higher education. But sometimes those advances don't translate into student success. For example, in one sophomore-level Purdue mechanical engineering class, 22 percent of students withdrew, or got a D or F. That's why a group of ME professors began Purdue Freeform, a new method of blending online learning, classroom instruction, and student-centered collaboration. Now that student failure rate is down to 10 percent, and their ideas are being shared across campus, and with other universities.
July 14, 2016

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 last month.
July 12, 2016

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's the focus of three simultaneous conferences happening this week at Purdue: the 16th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, the 23rd International Compressor Engineering Conference, and the 4th International High Performance Buildings Conference. These events are organized by Herrick Labs, which hosts one of the most advanced HVAC laboratories in the world.
July 11, 2016

Dr. Sanford Fleeter: 1944-2016

Professor Sanford Fleeter was the McAllister Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.
July 7, 2016

CNN features Herrick Labs

CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, visited Herrick Labs in April to film a segment about the indoor air quality of bedding materials.
July 6, 2016

Alumni Profile: 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. But it's his Mechanical Engineering education that prepared him for the career challenges that he faced: from repairing a Navy ship hauling 10,000 tons of ammunition, to a 37-year career at AT&T overseeing a five-state area. The Eibels acknowledged the value of that education by making a donation to support future facility renovations. Because of their support, the School is proud to acknowledge ME1061, the largest classroom in the Mechanical Engineering Building, as the "James A. Eibel Classroom in Mechanical Engineering." They recently visited the classroom to reinforce the need for future generations of mechanical engineers to be ready for anything.
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