May 28, 2024

AI students break the ice in virtual classrooms

It’s an age-old dilemma: students afraid to raise their hand or participate in class. Studies show that when participation drops, so do learning outcomes. The solution? An AI student who senses the awkward silence, uses large language models to initiate a question, and helps to break the ice on behalf of human students.

May 24, 2024

Purdue Motorsports program to be housed in Dallara IndyCar headquarters

Purdue University’s nationally renowned motorsports engineering program has a new home. Dallara, the largest multinational Italian race car manufacturer, will house Purdue's motorsports program at their U.S. headquarters in Speedway, Indiana, just down the street from the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
May 15, 2024

Harvesting static electricity as an energy source

James Gibert has developed an apparatus to generate and measure gas breakdown during contact electrification — the process responsible for static electricity. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, offer insight into the potential and limitations of this type of electricity when harvested as an energy source for a variety of devices, including e-textiles, wearables, and smart packaging.
May 14, 2024

Cryogenics in zero gravity

As we plan for future interplanetary spaceflight, one major aspect remains untested: refueling in space. That’s because most rocket propellants are cryogenic liquids whose long-term behavior in space is still unknown. Purdue University researchers are collaborating with NASA to study cryogenic liquids in zero gravity, leading to the possibility of propellant depots and refueling spacecraft in orbit.

May 6, 2024

This trailer powers itself: Purdue and Wabash collaborate on a trailer that recaptures its own energy

The future of electrified transportation isn’t just consumer vehicles. Tractor-trailers carry nearly 72% of the country’s freight, so innovations on that scale have the potential to make huge strides for sustainability worldwide. That’s why Purdue University researchers have teamed up with Wabash, the largest trailer manufacturer in the country, to investigate an experimental trailer that recaptures its own electricity from vibrations, heat, and airflow.

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