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May 7, 2021

Purdue MEs win marine energy competition

Purdue University has won 1st place in the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, a contest sponsored by the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
May 2, 2021

Tahira Reid Smith: bringing compassion to engineering and design

Associate Professor Tahira Reid Smith leads a lab focused on human-centered design. Over her career, she's gone outside the "traditional engineering box" and integrated compassion for the users of products and services into the design process - what she and colleagues refer to as "compassionate design." She has also leveraged her insights as a Black woman in mechanical engineering in her work. Together, these considerations led to the development of a compassionate design framework that helps engineers think critically about their design decisions and, in her case, an investigation of how heat from flat-irons can damage curly hair.
April 30, 2021

Malott Innovation Awards showcase prototypes

In the midst of a challenging semester (in which many students never even met face-to-face), Purdue ME seniors have created amazing new prototype products. The most innovative have received the Malott Innovation Awards.
April 29, 2021

Shirley Dyke featured in "For All Mankind" podcast

In the Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," both the US and Russia have built bases on the Moon. But how realistic can that be? The official Apple TV+ podcast talked to Shirley Dyke, who researches resilient extraterrestrial habitats at Purdue.
April 23, 2021

Purdue ME Student Award winners

The School of Mechanical Engineering is honoring deserving sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence, exemplified personal integrity, and exercised involvement in the community of Purdue University.
April 22, 2021

From robot cars to Coke cans: teaching controls during a pandemic

In a "normal" semester at Purdue, engineering students in the ME 375 class Measurement & Control Systems II would be preparing robot racecars to compete against each other. But with the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, both students and faculty have had to get creative to showcase their mastery of systems and controls.
April 17, 2021

Autonomous disinfecting robot is a group effort

Luciano Castillo is leading an effort to build and commercialize a robot that autonomously disinfects indoor spaces. Thanks to support from Intel, the project brings together students from 6 universities, and even high school students.
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