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June 19, 2017

IntuiTap: Medical Innovation Hopes to Revolutionize Spinal Taps

Ask anyone who's ever had a lumbar puncture or epidural: having a needle inserted into your spine is not the most pleasant experience. And it's no easier for the doctors who perform the procedure, who are largely working by feel. This hundred-year-old technique often leads to mistakes, pain for the patient, and extra time in the hospital. Now a Purdue Engineering alumna is bringing lumbar punctures into the 21st century, by developing a handheld device that can digitally detect vertebrae and indicate exactly where to insert the needle.
June 14, 2017

Introducing MEERCAT: Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center

Introducing MEERCat, the Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue. MEERCat will leverage about $6 million of federally-funded research focusing on educating engineers, in collaborations involving faculty from Purdue’s School of Engineering Education and the School of Mechanical Engineering.
June 7, 2017

Italian PhD candidate shares her tips for success

Getting a PhD may seem intimidating -- especially if you're moving to another country! Here's how Italian candidate Valeria Andreoli handles working with aircraft engines, along with her time outside of the lab.
June 6, 2017

3D printer custom builds tools for spinal surgery

What if you could 3D-print custom surgical tools to fit the needs of individual patients? That's the idea behind David Cappelleri's flexible micro-robotic tools, being developed for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Thanks to Stratasys 3D printers, Cappelleri can print super-small precise tools -- simultaneously with multiple materials, both rigid and flexible.
June 5, 2017

"Instantly rechargeable" batteries

A new technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an “instantly rechargeable” battery, through a quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas station. The team includes Eric Nauman, professor of mechanical engineering.
June 2, 2017

Beth Holloway selected as ASEE Fellow

Dr. Beth M. Holloway has been selected as a Fellow Member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Holloway is Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, Director of the Women in Engineering Program, and an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the School of Mechanical Engineering. She will be recognized nationally on June 28 at the ASSE Annual Awards Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio.
May 30, 2017

Boomcopter is a Drone That Can Open Doors

A team of mechanical engineering researchers at Purdue University has developed a drone that can open and close doors, flip switches, and attach sensors to walls. Called the Boomcopter, it is designed to perform tasks in environments that would be dangerous or inaccessible to humans.
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