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 April 1, 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 Closures

In accordance with the guidelines from the State of Indiana, the ME Building is now shut down to all but essential personnel, until otherwise ordered by the University administration (early April at the soonest).

ME Faculty using classrooms for 'boilercast' or similar online course delivery will retain access to the buildings to complete these tasks. Faculty should plan to work from home rather than in faculty offices and avoid being 'on campus' or 'in the ME Building' as much as possible.

We are aware that some research facilities have identified mission critical needs to maintain research assets in accordance with the guidelines for essential research sent out earlier. Those individuals already identified will continue to have access to the ME building. It is the goal for said individuals to minimize the time they spend on campus as much as possible.

The goal of the mission critical needs is to preserve research and complete long-running existing tests - not necessarily to advance research projects and start new long-running experiments. If you have specific concerns about research projects and access during this period, please contact Peter Meckl ( so we can discuss your project and your project's needs.

ME 2028, ME 2038, and ME 3021 (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.

ME 2042 (Electronics Shop)

The ME Electronics Shop (ME 2042) is closed to 'walk-in' customers. The shop will remain open and staff will be available to support the needs of the School through remote means. To contact the shop - please do one of the following: 1) E-mail the shop as a whole - 2) Contact, via e-mail, the specific staff member you wish to speak with 3) Call the shop number (765) 494-8756. Be aware, as staff work remotely, this phone number may not be answered and voicemail messages may not be reviewed quickly. E-mail is much quicker more desirable means of communication.

ME 1030

This lab area will be closed to public access, starting March 16. TA's and Instructors will have access to computers if they need to record lectures or other course content. 

ME G039/G042 (Project Machine Shop)

The Shop is closed to 'walk-in' access. The shop will be open for arranged work supporting the research operations of the University. Individuals wishing to use the shop during this period should contact Steve Florence: or (765) 496-0397

ME 2130, ME G010 (Mallot Innovation Lab), ME 1020 (3D Print Lab)

Thes facilities are closed. If you need specific access, please contact Steve Florence: or (765) 496-0397

ME 1202/1203/1178 (PEARL Labs) + breakout rooms

The PEARL build labs will close and not be accessible to students.  Breakout rooms will also close.

ME 1185

This classroom will close to public access, but will be available for faculty or TAs to record their lectures.