December 21, 2022

Improving prostate cancer relapse forecast by 14 months

A new tool could help save lives by predicting prostate cancer relapse 14 months earlier than current standard methods. The tool, a computer model developed by Hector Gomez, makes its predictions by using levels of a single biomarker produced by prostate cells to forecast the interplay of biochemical reactions linked to prostate cancer.
December 15, 2022

ME staff dominate awards ceremony

Purdue University's College of Engineering recently celebrated its 2022 Staff Awards of Excellence. Mechanical Engineering staff dominated the ceremony, with a finalist or winner in 8 out of the 10 categories. Here's to the dedicated and hard-working staff that keep ME functioning at its best every day!
December 7, 2022

Just do it: Isaiah Baptiste combines engineering and entrepreneurship

College can be an overwhelming experience, especially at a large school like Purdue University. Mechanical engineering senior Isaiah Baptiste took it as a challenge: out of the hundreds of clubs, groups, and activities available, how do you choose which are best for you? He decided to engineer a solution – a software platform called Umerge – and is now in process of commercializing it.
November 15, 2022

Artemis adventure: Mark Baldwin keeps NASA's Orion occupants safe

Before NASA takes the “giant leap” of sending humans back to the moon, they are first taking the “small step” of launching an uncrewed Orion capsule as part of the Artemis 1 mission. And just like the Apollo missions, the Artemis missions rely heavily on Purdue Boilermakers. Mark Baldwin (BSME ’97) has been testing and refining the Orion capsule since 2009, and also helped design the manikins who are on board Orion’s first flight.
November 14, 2022

Atmospheric water harvesting: can we get water out of thin air?

Earth’s atmosphere holds six times more fresh water than all of its rivers combined. So is it possible to harvest that water, in areas where people have no other fresh water source? Purdue University researchers have crunched the numbers, and have the data to show which atmospheric water harvesting methods work best in different regions of the world.
November 1, 2022

Air conditioners that talk to each other could prevent rolling blackouts

When we turn on the air conditioner, we seldom think about the hundreds of other air conditioners in our neighborhood that may also be turning on simultaneously. At these peak demand times, local power grids are susceptible to brownouts and other issues. But Purdue University researchers have proposed a simple solution: air conditioners that talk to each other. By distributing the times at which electrical loads turn on – even by a few seconds – power grids can be much more robust against these issues, with no discernible impact to the end user.
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