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May 21, 2019

Giving "Spidey Sense" to machines

"Spidey Sense" is real! It's called "mechanosensing," and animals have it naturally. Now Andres Arrieta is giving the same capability to autonomous vehicles.
May 20, 2019

Touring the particulate laboratory at Purdue

No one knows particle science like Purdue. Thanks to the Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3), researchers can study powders, pharmaceuticals, food particles, and other particulate substances at unprecedented levels of detail.
May 17, 2019

Stopping a water calamity with renewable energy

Nearly half of America's freshwater is used to cool thermoelectric power plants. Using wind and solar energy helps the climate AND reduces water shortages and other catastrophes. Get the facts in this blog entry from Prof. Luciano Castillo.
May 16, 2019

Faculty promotions

Congratulations to our colleagues on their promotions: Song Zhang to full professor; and Amy Marconnet, Liang Pan, and Fabio Semperlotti to associate professor!
May 15, 2019

Michael Hodson carries on robotics mentoring

While at Purdue, Michael Hodson (BSME '17) mentored FIRST Robotics teams for all 8 semesters -- even while studying abroad in Ireland! Today, as a software engineer for John Deere, he continues sharing his robotics experience with students.
May 13, 2019

Shape Structuralizer helps anyone become a maker

Instead of wandering through a big-box store trying to find the furniture you need, and then struggling to assemble it, imagine smart software that helps you design your own furniture, 3D print the joints, and assemble the whole structure at home. That's the idea behind Shape Structuralizer, a tool developed in the lab of Karthik Ramani.
May 10, 2019

Hummingbird Robots: Naturally Intriguing

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbird. If drones had this capability, they would be able to fly steadily through windy conditions, and get into tight spaces other drones couldn't go. Assistant professor Xinyan Deng and her team have created a bio-inspired hummingbird robot: trained by artificial intelligence, weighing only 12 grams, and utilizing unsteady aerodynamics to hover, just like the real thing.
May 9, 2019

Alumni Profile: Stan Tebbe

Stan Tebbe (BSME '67) was going to be a farmer, but a math teacher told him that engineering was the way to go. He eventually also attained a management degree, and became a vice president at ExxonMobil. He supported the completion of the Tebbe TDI Laser Lab at Zucrow Labs, the largest academic propulsion lab in the world.
May 8, 2019

Purdue ME students compete at International Business Model Competition

Good luck to two student entrepreneur teams with Purdue ME students, competing in the International Business Model Competition in Utah! FlykeART (with Juan Ramirez) reimagines the airline serving cart, and Global Sign (with Heya Kaakeh) brings sign language interpretation to educational videos.
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