COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information for Purdue ME students, staff, and faculty

Here is the latest information about the COVID-19 situation, specifically as it pertains to Mechanical Engineering students, staff, and faculty. Last updated July 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

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Current and newly admitted graduate students

If you are currently in the United States and plan to attend graduate school at Purdue for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, please DO NOT LEAVE the country. The State Department is currently advising that you will NOT get a visa to travel back to the U.S. in August. For those who are outside of the United States, you most likely will not get your visa in time for the fall semester, but we do have options.

Click here to review the latest information for current and newly admitted graduate students.

ME Building

We are beginning the process of re-opening the ME building for summer research, and eventually for fall classes.  Anyone who plans to operate in the ME building during the summer must follow the guidelines being put in place:

  • Face coverings are required in all Purdue buildings.
  • If you feel sick, do not come to the ME building.
  • Only two entrances to the ME building are open, by card swipe only.  They are in front (facing the fountain, to the left of the Gatewood entrance) and in the back (behind Railway).
  • Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet apart, and de-densify spaces like conference rooms, elevators, and hallways.
  • When using touchscreens in public spaces (like printers or microwaves), use provided wax paper slips to touch these shared objects.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently, and wash your hands often.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest policies at
  • All labs must have a Standard Operating Procedure in place, and have taken a quiz to verify.  All safety information and training can be found here.

Questions?  Contact Mike Logan:

Machine Shop

The SOP for the ME student machine shop has been approved and we have gotten most of the pieces in place to re-open the shop for use. To allow for proper social distancing, the shop will operate on an appointment basis. Users will send e-mail to the shop with information on what work they wish to accomplish. The shop staff will schedule a time for that student to then come in and make use of the shop. The Shop will NOT be open for walk-in use. Only prearranged appointments will be allowed.

If you or your students need to use the Project Machine Shop (G039/G042), please send e-mail to:

Please indicate what type of work you wish to do in the machine shop and the shop staff will confirm details and work to schedule a time for you in the shop. Please note: Students will need to review and sign several SOP's for using the shop. Users must also be current in the ME Building COVID SOP agreement and have completed the REM/Successfactors COVID training.

Computer Labs

All ME general purpose computer labs are closed. ECN has worked diligently to enable Remote Desktop access to the majority of the ME instructional lab computers. Instructions can be found here:

Be advised - Remote timeouts will work differently than they do when using the computers in person.

  • A lab machine will log the user off after being disconnected for 5 minutes.
  • If the user goes idle for 30 minutes, it will disconnect the session and then log the user off 5 minutes after that.

Hicks library will be open from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM to provide access to 75 workstations and 200 study spaces with WiFi access.  Library staff will monitor and enforce social distancing and physical facilities employees will continuously clean the area. Hicks will only be open for this purpose.  Access to librarians will only be online. If demand exceeds Hicks capacity, additional facilities will be opened.