November 2, 2023

Jonathan Hassler races to success as a NASCAR crew chief

Brickyard weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is probably the most hectic 48 hours in motorsports. The top three American racing series all compete back-to-back – which means that pit lane has three times more people than usual. Fans everywhere are taking selfies and hounding their favorite drivers for autographs. Crew members are trying to weave tire carts through the huge crowds. Course marshals are blowing their safety whistles. Celebrities are giving interviews in front of camera crews, while surrounded by fans, sponsors, and general hangers-on. One supporter literally fist-bumps a stack of tires belonging to his favorite driver.

Into this chaos steps Jonathan Hassler (BSME ’07), crew chief for NASCAR's #12 Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney.

His entrance goes unnoticed, without even a single autograph request. And that’s the way he prefers it. While most fans will be paying attention to the person behind the wheel, it’s actually the 3-ring binder in Hassler’s right hand which may be the difference between his team finishing mid-pack, or taking the checkered flag.

October 30, 2023

Women in ME Symposium

Women of Purdue Mechanical Engineering will have a unique opportunity to meet other women students and faculty, attend seminars and chats specific to them, and network with successful alumnae. It's the 2nd annual Women in ME Symposium, on Monday, October 30.

October 23, 2023

Neera Jain receives Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Neera Jain, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received the 2023 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD).
October 10, 2023

Purdue's Electric Vehicle Club turns battery power into horsepower

At most motorsports events, earplugs are an absolute necessity to dampen the massive roar of internal combustion engines. But attend the evGrandPrix, and you’ll only hear two sounds: students cheering, and dozens of electric race cars zooming past at 50 miles an hour – with all the sound and fury of an electric toothbrush.

These lightning-fast whirs represent a lot of very clever engineering. Purdue’s Electric Vehicle Club (EVC) specializes in creating these electric vehicles, and they recently shared the challenges of turning the quietest car into the fastest car.

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