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April 23, 2018

Purdue wins 30th anniversary Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) won first place at the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Purdue's American Society of Mechanical Engineers team (ASME) finished third. This year's task -- to build a complex and whimsical machine to perform the simplest of tasks -- was to pour a bowl of cereal.
April 18, 2018

Purdue hosts 2018 Collegiate Drone Racing Championship

The 2nd annual Collegiate Drone Racing Championship flew into Purdue University on Saturday, April 14. More than 64 pilots attended the event at Lambert Fieldhouse, from 20 different universities across the country. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University dominated the event, with their Daytona Beach, Florida team finishing 1st, and their Prescott, Arizona campus finishing 3rd. University of Central Florida finished 2nd.
April 16, 2018

PathVis a finalist for Fast Company award

PathVis, the mobile pathology lab developed by Purdue University Mechanical Engineering and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, is a finalist for Fast Company's 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards. Using a smartphone, PathVis can detect cholera in a water sample in just 30 minutes, rather than the 3 days of traditional tests.
April 10, 2018

Rockoons may revolutionize micro-satellite business

What is a "rockoon"? A rocket launched from a balloon, bypassing 98% of the earth's atmosphere. It may revolutionize the micro-satellite business. A new Purdue startup, Leo Aerospace LLC, hopes to do just that. Dane Rudy (BSME '17) is the CEO.
April 9, 2018

Team receives EPA grant for grain storage in Africa

Engineering solves important challenges everywhere, including in rural Africa. Jun Chen, associate professor at Purdue ME, is part of a multidisciplinary team who received a national design grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a sustainable system to store grains during the rainy season.
April 3, 2018

Thin film could help manage heat flow in future devices

Xianfan Xu has just demonstrated a thin film that can dissipate heat by flowing electrons on its surface but not its interior. The surface of the material has a ten times larger thermal conductivity to electrical conductivity ratio. The research was published in the journal ACS Nano.
March 30, 2018

Deaf Kids Code joins forces with Purdue ME

Deaf Kids Code is an organization that brings STEM-focused workshops to kids who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, at no cost. Purdue ME professor David Cappelleri collaborated with Deaf Kids Code founder Shireen Hafeez on a do-it-yourself robot kit specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, which uses light to control the robot.
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