This semester's projects included a system to sanitize makeup brushes; an automated printer that plants seeds in biodegradable paper; and an autonomous underwater robot that carries extra oxygen tanks for scuba divers.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue (MEERCat Purdue). Collaborating with the School of Engineering Education, the center developed Freeform, a new pedagogical system for teaching mechanical engineering.
Taylor Lee, a Ph.D. student under Prof. Eric Nauman, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant, funding a year of study overseas. Lee will go to New Zealand to investigate the risk of rugby players developing short- and long-term neurological deficits. This integrates with her desire to improve the safety of athletes through technology and preventive safety measures.
As part of the Purdue ME class Roller Coaster Dynamics, ME student Krish Kripakaran and Civil Engineering student Dylan Ulaner built this virtual coaster called the "Giant Leap." Roller Coaster Dynamics has been taught by Jeff Rhoads and Chuck Krousgrill since 2009.