January 19, 2017

Purdue Hosts First Ever Intercollegiate Drone Races

The Purdue Drone Club hosted the first ever intercollegiate indoor drone races in January, with Ohio State and Illinois. Each race is an exhilarating 2 minutes, as the small quadcopters can fly at nearly 80 miles per hour. Pilots maneuver the drones while wearing goggles, receiving live wireless video from the drone's point of view -- so both pilots and spectators alike can feel like they are in the cockpit of the drone, dodging the obstacles of the course.
January 18, 2017

Purdue receives $5 million grant to study connectivity with tractor-trailers

Purdue University is leading part of a national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks. Purdue leads a project focusing on Class 8 trucks (tractor-trailers), and will work with team members Cummins Inc., Peloton Technology, Peterbilt Motors Co., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and ZF TRW.
January 9, 2017

Sophomore Design Students Showcase Their Prototypes

As classes begin this semester, let's look at Purdue's sophomore-level design class, ME263. Students put their design and prototyping skills into practice immediately: inventing a new product, doing market research, building a prototype, and pitching the product in person. What will sophomores come up with this year?
January 4, 2017

Purdue's Continuous Tableting Line

For students pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical industry, it can be difficult to put theories and computer models into practice. At Purdue, they can actually operate a Continuous Tableting Line: a full downstream production plant creating up to 1600 pills a minute.
January 3, 2017

Slow Mo Guys visit Purdue

Internet video stars The Slow Mo Guys visited Purdue recently to film segments for their YouTube channel. One of the videos filmed at Zucrow Laboratories involved destroying a computer with a combustion tube, which shoots out flames at more than 4,000 miles an hour.
December 19, 2016

George Chiu named editor-in-chief

George Chiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as the Editor-in-Chief for the publication IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, starting in January 2017.
December 15, 2016

Charles Bowman receives Gilman Scholarship to study in Shanghai

Purdue junior Charles Bowman, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering, is headed to China as a 2017 Gilman Scholar. He is among 850 undergraduate students from across the U.S. selected this term to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This spring, he will study at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
December 14, 2016

Biomedical device wins fan favorite at innovation contest

Katie Clayton, PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, has won 2nd place and "Fan Favorite" award in the Schurz Innovation Challenge. Her team's invention, Viratect, uses a smartphone device to detect pathogens in blood samples.
December 7, 2016

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion and Purdue

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion has been an industry leader in combustion and emissions control for more than 80 years. With Purdue's focus on combustion, it's clear why they look to hire mechanical engineers from Purdue.
December 1, 2016

Ukari Figgs: Basketball Champion and Mechanical Engineer

Ukari Figgs is a legend at Purdue University, as the MVP of the 1999 National Champion Women's Basketball team. But she's just as proud of her work as a Mechanical Engineer, which she showcases every day at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky.
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