October 20, 2021

Reaching across the border: USA-Mexico symposium discusses big ideas for the future

The USA-Mexico border has its share of issues: from immigration and security to economic and ecological uncertainty. But there are many who see tremendous opportunities about to unfold. In a unique bilateral event organized by Purdue University, University of Texas El Paso, and Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, experts gathered to discuss these big ideas in El Paso on day one, and then across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on day two.
October 13, 2021

NASA co-ops let Purdue students reach for the stars

It's not every day that college students get the opportunity to teach something to an astronaut! But Karl Akert, a senior in mechanical engineering, has enjoyed several unique opportunities, working with NASA as part of Purdue Engineering's co-op program.
October 6, 2021

Pavlos Vlachos receives named professorship

Pavlos Vlachos, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the St. Vincent Health Professor of Healthcare Engineering in the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.
October 4, 2021

Outstanding in their field: Tractor efficiency increased, thanks to Purdue hydraulics research

Modern agricultural tractors contain so much cutting-edge technology, they rival even the latest spacecraft. But the back end is still old-school, relying largely on fossil fuels. So any optimization in tractor efficiency is a huge win for the environment. With this in mind, Andrea Vacca has undertaken a $3.2 million Department of Energy project to optimize the hydraulic systems that connect tractors and implements.
September 29, 2021

American and German refrigeration students team up for the 6th year in a row

Summer is the perfect time to learn about air-conditioning and refrigeration, and as the largest academic HVAC lab in the world, Purdue's Herrick Labs is the perfect place. Every summer since 2016, Herrick Labs has hosted a unique cross-cultural learning collaboration, which includes graduate students from Purdue University, Oklahoma State University, and Technical University of Dresden in Germany.
September 27, 2021

From nano to macro: Nanoscale 3D printing that is fast, smooth, and scalable

3D-printed objects look impressive, but the printing process is slow, and removing their jagged edges and external support structures requires a lot of tedious post-processing work. The same is true at the nanoscale, where tiny objects are built to incredibly precise tolerances. A team of Purdue University researchers has demonstrated a 3D printing technique that rapidly constructs complex nanoscale 3D objects with smooth features, and can be implemented to build complex macroscale objects on a practical time scale.
September 24, 2021

Dr. Galen King retires

After teaching at Purdue Mechanical Engineering for more than 37 years, Dr. Galen King has retired.
September 23, 2021

Faculty opening: Semiconductor Manufacturing

The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging with core expertise in areas including thermomechanical modeling and characterization of devices and packages, semiconductor device and package fabrication, assembly process development, characterization of electronic materials, and sustainable electronics.
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