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February 1, 2023

How does zero gravity affect boiling and condensation?

With temperatures on the moon ranging from minus 410 to a scorching 250 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s an understatement to say that humans will need habitats with heat and air conditioning to survive there long term. Issam Mudawar has spent 11 years collaborating with NASA Glenn Research Center on an experiment for the International Space Station, to understand what reduced gravity does to boiling and condensation.
January 30, 2023

A new way to identify stresses in complex fluids

Fluid dynamics researchers use many techniques to study turbulent flows like ocean currents, or the swirling atmosphere of other planets. Arezoo Adrekani's team has discovered that a mathematical construct used in these fields provides valuable information about stress in complex flow geometries.
January 26, 2023

Robots get their sea legs

Robots do a pretty good job walking on solid surfaces. But what if they are needed on a boat, train, aircraft, escalator, or other moving surface? Yan Gu is pioneering the control systems that enable robots to traverse both static and dynamic environments.
January 24, 2023

Purdue ME is the #1 Online Master's program in the country

For the fourth straight year, Purdue ME's Online Master's program is ranked #1 in the country, according to US News and World Report. Purdue ME's Online Master's offers the same degree with the same faculty, for less than $25,000.
January 20, 2023

Making semiconductors dense and cool

Packing more transistors into a microchip is like packing more people in an elevator – it's physically possible, but it gets too warm and uncomfortable very quickly. Tiwei Wei is proposing a solution: building jets of coolant directly into the microchip itself.
January 19, 2023

Using cancer cells as logic gates to determine what makes them move

Cancer cells migrate through the body for multiple reasons; some are simply following the flow of a fluid, while others are actively following specific chemical trails. So how do you determine which cells are moving and why? Purdue University researchers have reverse-engineered a cellular signal processing system and used it like a logic gate – a simple computer – to better understand what causes specific cells to migrate.
January 18, 2023

Purdue Table Tennis ping-pongs to a championship

Under faculty advisor Karthik Ramani, the Purdue Table Tennis club has had a surprise resurgence, winning a recent tournament and looking forward to a bright future for Boilermaker ping-pong.
January 17, 2023

Boiler Up: restoring an original 1915 Purdue steam engine

In the late 19th century, steam power was the height of technology, and Purdue University hosted the most advanced steam engine laboratory in the country. Over time, those steam engines became lost to history – until now! Bill Champ (BSME ’90) has found an original 1915 steam engine used in Purdue’s laboratories, and is now restoring it.
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