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Prospective Graduate Students

Our goal is to attract and retain high caliber students from top-tier ME programs, providing challenging and innovative research and education programs. With high industry demand for Purdue Mechanical Engineering graduate students, we have grown our program by nearly 60% over the past three years. This is a significant result of our attention to emerging technology and issues facing engineers today. Join us in becoming part of our mechanical engineering family as we embark on a time of remarkable growth and discovery.

Featured Graduate Student

Whitney Novotny is a first-year PhD student working with Professors Jeff Rhoads and George Chiu to find new ways to print energetic materials for national security applications. Prior to Purdue, she received a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. Whitney received an Ingersoll-Rand fellowship to attend Purdue and pursue a plan of study in dynamics and solid mechanics.

"My dad is an electrical engineer at NIST and my mom was a math teacher, so I guess you could say that STEM has always been a part of my life," admitted Whitney. She has had the opportunity to intern with a national lab, as well as companies like Disney. When deciding on a degree, Whitney really wanted to be able to see the real work impacts of her work. Mechanical engineering at Purdue allows her to be a part of the basic research and a part of the implementation, which she finds to be a very rewarding experience. Drawn toward industry, she finds it extremely exciting to be a part of developing new and exciting projects and seeing those projects to completion.

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