October 6, 2019

"Living Labs" test indoor air quality

The "Living Labs" at Herrick Labs have 1000+ sensors to measure temperature, humidity, airflow, particulates, and more. They can sense when someone peels an orange for lunch! So just how good is your typical indoor air quality?
October 4, 2019

Jerry Ross honored with his own corn maze

Astronaut Jerry Ross (BSME '70, MSME '72) was honored with a corn maze near his hometown of Crown Point, Indiana. Ross served on seven Space Shuttle missions and conducted nine spacewalks.
October 4, 2019

OmniVis a finalist in Startup Battlefield contest

OmniVis, a smartphone-based lab that detects cholera, is a finalist in TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield in San Francisco. Katie Clayton (Ph.D. '17) developed OmniVis while studying under professor Steven Wereley.
September 30, 2019

Let's bring some energy to our southern border!

As a nation, we expend a lot of energy on our southern border. Why not get some of it back -- in the form of a border that is an energy corridor? This near 2,000-mile-long "energy park" would incorporate wind, solar and natural gas sources, in an environmentally friendly economic development zone that brings energy, water, jobs and border security to the region.
September 27, 2019

Xianfan Xu chosen as Springer Professor at UC Berkeley

Prof. Xianfan Xu, the James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed as the Russell Severance Springer Professor, a visiting professorship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of California at Berkeley for the 2019-2020 academic year.
September 26, 2019

Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

Ever wonder what it's like studying abroad in Valencia, Spain? Purdue ME student Anna Poznyak shared her experience as part of the Global Engineering Photo Contest.
September 25, 2019

Luciano Castillo elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society

Luciano Castillo, the Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society, recognizing his exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. His citation is for demonstrating the importance of the initial conditions of scaling arguments in turbulent boundary layers, and for demonstrating the importance of turbulence in wind energy, and for mentoring and creating new opportunities for under-represented minorities in fluid dynamics.
September 20, 2019

Thermoelectric performance of graphene gets a boost

By carefully manipulating material size and quality, researchers have dramatically enhanced the thermoelectric performance of graphene. This not only demonstrates the ability to separately tune electrical and thermal conductivity at an unprecedented level but also indicates that graphene is a very promising non-toxic, low-cost, light-weight, and flexible thermoelectric material for powering small-scale smart devices with heat. This research was done by Xiulin Ruan, in collaboration with Kyushu University and Tohoku University in Japan.
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