March 15, 2017

Monika Ivantysynova to receive honorary doctorate

Congratulations to Monika Ivantysynova, who will receive an honorary doctorate from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland. The university specifically cited Ivantysynova's "valuable contribution to the development of mechanical engineering research at LUT," and her leadership of organizations "that evaluate Finnish mechanical engineering research." Ivantysynova is director of Purdue's Maha Fluid Power Research Center and a professor in both the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. She came to Purdue in 2004. Her research involves developing hydraulic systems that eliminate the use of valves now needed to control the flow of hydraulic fluid, promising to lead to more compact, lightweight hydraulic technology that use less energy than conventional systems.
March 6, 2017

Jack Clark, master of aluminum

Jack Clark spent 28 years with Alcoa, so the man knows his aluminum. He's currently Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence and Chief Technical Officer for Constellium, a worldwide aluminum manufacturer. Jack says his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue helped him master not just the technical aspects of his job, but the cultural and managerial aspects as well.
March 2, 2017

Distinguished Engineering Alumni award winners include James Greenleaf, Jennifer Rumsey, and Donald Ufford

Congratulations to our Distinguished Engineering Alumni award winners for 2017: James Greenleaf (MSES '66, Ph.D. '70), Mayo Clinic; Jennifer Rumsey (BSME '96), Cummins Inc.; and Donald Ufford (MSME '89), Ford Motor Company. The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award is presented to engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves in any field of endeavor that reflects favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general.
March 1, 2017

Purdue joins with US Navy to explore alternative energy

Anchors aweigh! Purdue is helping the US Navy take advantage of the newest alternative energy technologies, including nanocomposites, portable hydrogen, and advanced thermal management. The U.S. Navy Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) includes ME research professor Justin Weibel and professor Kejie Zhao.
February 24, 2017

Jill Hruby is the #2 most powerful female engineer

In Business Insider's list of the most powerful female engineers of 2017, Jill Hruby is #2. Hruby, a Purdue ME grad, is the director of Sandia National Laboratories, the first female to ever run a national lab.
February 20, 2017

Purdue ASME wins regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

And the winners of this year's regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: American Society of Mechanical Engineers -- Purdue Chapter! Their machine portrayed a dinner date disaster, with the final task (applying a Band-Aid) performed by a rolling pin. Purdue ASME will compete in the National Collegiate Finals in Columbus, Ohio on March 25.
February 17, 2017

Purdue Hyperloop competes at SpaceX headquarters

Purdue Hyperloop is back from California, after competing in the first ever real-world Hyperloop tests at SpaceX headquarters. Out of 27 teams, Purdue's pod was one of only 7 that passed all the requirements to be allowed into the test track -- a mile-long vacuum chamber tube. It was also the only entry made entirely of composites... which garnered notice from SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk. Purdue Hyperloop's faculty advisor is associate professor of mechanical engineering Guillermo Paniagua.
February 16, 2017

Purdue through the eyes of an Italian student

Mario Migliorino is a PhD candidate in thermoacoustics, under assistant ME professor Carlo Scalo. Mario recently shared his experiences coming from Rome to Purdue, including corn mazes, American football games, and even a Diwali celebration.
February 15, 2017

Engineering Roller Coasters in Virtual Reality

How do you learn to design multi-million dollar roller coasters? And how do you test those coasters, even before they're built? For the last decade, Purdue ME professors Jeff Rhoads and Chuck Krousgrill have taught ME497: Roller Coaster Dynamics. The basic physics principles of inertia, centripetal acceleration, and gravity are put to the test in the most daunting of real-world applications: a thrill ride. Students design the underlying structures, but also come up with a theme and create an exciting story and environment for potential theme park guests. After presenting their projects, students use Oculus Rift goggles to experience the sights and sounds of their rides in VR.
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