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October 19, 2017

Low cost microrobotic tool helps with spinal surgery

More than 300,000 lumbar discectomies are performed in the US every year -- with rigid tools, in a tiny, difficult workspace. David Cappelleri has developed a flexible, 3D-printed micro-robotic tool that can help surgeons perform the procedure more safely and effectively -- even from thousands of miles away!
October 18, 2017

Chris Goldenstein and Carlo Scalo receive AFOSR grants

Congrats to Chris Goldenstein and Carlo Scalo, who received grants from the AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Each grant is $450,000 over three years.
Chris will study Characterization of Nanopropellant Combustion and Agglomerate-breakup Physics via Infrared Laser-absorption Imaging. Carlo's research area is Direct Numerical Simulation of Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition over Distributed Surface Porosity.
October 16, 2017

Laurine Apolloni uses engineering skills at the vineyard

It's harvest time at Apolloni Vineyards, in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Learn how Laurine Apolloni (BSME '90) uses her engineering skills to organize which grapes to pick and when, what chemicals to add, what machinery to use, and which wines are best to serve with which meal.
September 28, 2017

Ford Motor Company teams up with Purdue

Ford Motor Company has teamed up with Purdue University on a research alliance to set the course for the future of the automotive industry. Purdue specializes in composite manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, and the psychology of ride-sharing.
September 22, 2017

Zucrow Labs completes new expansions

The largest academic propulsion lab in the world just got better, with the addition of five brand new high-pressure combustion test cells, connected to a state-of-the-art laser lab. The expansion also includes new control rooms and offices.
September 21, 2017

AutoCPR brings automated CPR to cardiac arrest patients

Outside of hospitals, 90% of cardiac arrest patients around the world die -- many times because CPR can't be performed long enough for help to arrive. Solution: AutoCPR, a machine with easily-sourced materials that can perform the life-saving procedure for hours. This senior project from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (which includes Purdue ME grad student Michael Dziekan) won the 2017 Engineering World Health Design Competition.
September 19, 2017

Experiment Brings Pool Boiling into the Classroom

Heat transfer isn't the easiest concept to teach -- many of the dynamics can't be shown in a classroom setting. That's the goal of this new apparatus, designed by Issam Mudawar (Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering). With a live camera projected in a classroom, students can physically see the concepts of pool boiling, nucleate boiling, critical heat flux, and the Leidenfrost effect.
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