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June 12, 2018

3D Printing Extremely Viscous Materials

A Purdue University team has created a method to 3D print extremely viscous materials, with the consistency of clay or cookie dough. This allows the potential creation of customized solid rocket fuel, pharmaceuticals, biomedical implants, foodstuffs, and more.
June 11, 2018

Ben Diachun, president of Scaled Composites

Ben Diachun (BSME '99) came to Purdue to learn creative problem solving -- and he put it to good use at Scaled Composites, working on SpaceShipOne (the X-Prize-winning aircraft that launched to space twice in two weeks). Now Ben is the president of Scaled Composites, and tackling his next challenge -- the 385-foot wingspan Stratolaunch.
June 8, 2018

Chufan Jiang wins optical scholarship

Chufan Jiang has been awarded the Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Chufan is a Ph.D. candidate under professor Song Zhang.
June 1, 2018

Scott Tingle writes blog from space

"If you think about a spring-mass-damper system, and then remove the damper, you will see a system that is very subject to slow rate oscillations." Yep, Scott Tingle is still an engineer! Of course, he also writes about what to do when the smoke alarm sounds in the International Space Station, and you're on the toilet! Get the inside scoop on what it's like to live in space at Scott Tingle's blog.
May 30, 2018

Solving biorefinery blockages

When making biofuel, lots of biomass must get moved from place to place. But particles don't easily flow through pipes. Luckily, Carl Wassgren's team are experts in particle science, and received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve the problem.
May 25, 2018

Arcot Ramachandran (1923-2018)

Arcot Ramachandran (MSME '47, PhD '49) passed away on May 19, 2018. He was a former director of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, frequent advisor to the government of India, and Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
May 23, 2018

Partha Mukherjee quoted in WIRED

There's still a lot we don't know about the safety, performance, and life of lithium-ion batteries. Partha Mukherjee's expertise was quoted for the recent WIRED article, "Batteries Still Suck, But Researchers Are Working On It."
May 21, 2018

Baratunde Cola: From Football to Nanotechnology

In his early life, Baratunde Cola (Ph.D. '08) combined his love of football with his love of science and engineering. He succeeded at both, becoming the starting fullback at Vanderbilt, and also the first graduate student to work at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center (the largest academic cleanroom in the world). Now a professor at Georgia Tech, he has harnessed his expertise of nanotechnology into a startup business: Carbice, which builds heat-dissipating materials out of carbon nanotubes for the space and semiconductor industries.
May 18, 2018

Scott Tingle writes blog from space

What's life *really* like on the International Space Station? Find out from Scott Tingle (MSME '88), as he writes a weekly blog about the adventures of spacewalks, going to the bathroom in space, and getting along with an international team 250 miles above the earth.
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