July 17, 2017

Autonomous trucks the key to reducing fuel consumption

Tractor trailers carry 80% of the goods in this country -- and use 25% of the fuel. Can autonomous vehicles reduce that amount? Purdue ME says yes... and so does the U.S. Department of Energy. They recently awarded a $5 million grant to study how next-generation technology can help reduce the amount of fuel used by our nation's fleets of large trucks.
July 14, 2017

Katie Mao wins award at underwater ROV contest

Congratulations to Katie Mao and the Purdue IEEE ROV Team for their multiple awards at the recent Underwater ROV contest in Long Beach. Purdue Engineers: "Good Under Pressure."
July 13, 2017

Purdue researchers looking to improve net-zero housing

Low-income families spend 3 times more of their income on energy than the average family. What's being done to reduce these costs? A Purdue team, including Jim Braun (director of the Center for High Performance Buildings) is working on a solution that reduces these energy costs, while also reducing the environmental footprint of multifamily buildings (which make up a quarter of all housing in the US).
July 7, 2017

Dr. Patrick Loehrer recognized for visionary career in oncology

Patrick Loehrer (BSME '75) has been recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology with the Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award. Dr. Loehrer founded the Hoosier Cancer Research Network and is the current director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Purdue recognized Dr. Loehrer in 2015 as a Distinguished Engineering Alumni.
July 5, 2017

Herrick Conferences: Coming July 2018

The premier conferences in Compressor Engineering, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and High-Performance Buildings are coming to Purdue University on July 9-12, 2018. Hear from world-class experts in the field, tour the largest academic HVAC lab in the world, and make connections to people in your field. It's all coming to West Lafayette, Indiana in July 2018, so mark your calendars!
June 26, 2017

Venus Flytrap inspires new kind of composite

The Venus Flytrap is the fastest mover in the plant kingdom, with two leaves that quickly close on insects. The leaves are bistable, meaning they naturally rest in one state, and then in another. Purdue University engineers are taking inspiration from the Venus Flytrap to design and manufacture a composite material in a curved structure that will also be able to take two stable shapes. By bridging material science, mechanical engineering, and the biological world, they hope to bring enable this new composite to manufacture lighter, faster, and cheaper goods. The research is being conducted under Andres Arrieta, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue.
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