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The objective of this team is the development specialized device characterization modules (solar cells, MOS devices, diodes, etc.) using MatLab.

AI for Happiness

This team will launch a digital platform at a community in need to improve its mental health at the individual and overall levels.

Advanced Engineering Calculator

This team will work on developing a scientific calculator from scratch that will enhance the efficiency of how engineering students interact with calculators.

Analyze the Risk of COVID-19 in Crowded Locations

This project uses computer vision to analyze visual data (image or video) captured in public locations in order to estimate the density of crowds and responses to governments' policies of social distancing.

Applied Ergonomics and Safety

Students will also perform various forms of content analysis and then write a systematic literature review using newly determined categorizations and reviewing articles related to ergonomics.

Autonomous Motorsports Purdue

Autonomous racing project including both software and hardware aspects, with emphasis on path planning, sensor fusion, and machine learning techniques.


Purdue Baja Racing: This team designs, builds, and races a single-seat off-road buggy.

Beyond 5G

In this VIP team, the students will lead the efforts of prototyping and evaluating various technologies that could be used in the next generation wireless communication systems.

Bio-Inspired Digital Twins

Bio-inspired digital twins (BioTwins) - The team will continue previous work on bio-inspired designs of the morpho butterfly and snake skin to update functional designs, manufacture, and test bio-inspired structures.

Bio-inspired Aerial Robots

The project involves the study of locomotion principles of flying animals and the design of bio-inspired robots with similar flight performance to their natural counterparts.

Build My Startup

This team provides opportunities for student entrepreneurs to work with experienced entrepreneurs and build the students’ startup companies.


To enable a set of 5 components (user gears) in a pouch or a keychain for distancing during daily operation, transit and travel. Safe, small footprint for portability, able to attach to travel bag or airplane seat arm rest, light weight, reusable and low cost.

Child Automated Speech-to-Text Team (CAST)

The focus of this project is developing an automated speech-to-text program that works with young children (ages 3-5). The team will develop the algorithms for transcription and a functional interface that is user-friendly.

Data Analytics for Smart Cities

This project aims to conduct interdisciplinary research to develop data analytics tools using robotics and autonomous sensing.

Disinfecting Robotics - COVID-19 Response

In order to mitigate the risk of health care personnel and other patients visiting hospitals from the 2019-nCoV, or bacteria, our team proposes to deploy autonomous cleaning robots to disinfecting Hospitals, Schools and Dorms. New technologies will be developed and test as part of the Robot.

Drone Video

This project aims to develop the solutions that can recognize objects captured by cameras mounted on drones.

EMC / Signal Integrity

This team will build a PWM audio amplifier and test it for conformance to specs, learn relevant regulations for instrumentation and emissions testing.

Earth History Visualization

This team will focus initially on making our planet's history easily accessible to both public and scientific audiences.

Engineering Education

Engineering Education: Contribute to NSF-funded Engineering Education research projects. Explore relevant literature and learn data analysis techniques (primarily qualitative, but also quantitative).

FEMTA Suborbital Spaceflight Test

FEMTA team will design and develop the hardware and software for a microgravity experiment to be flown in space on a reusable suborbital vehicle.

Formula SAE

This organization has the goal of designing, testing, and manufacturing a competitive racecar.

Image Based Mobile Phone Applications

The students will develop mobile phone applications that capture images of the scene and extract information from them using tools such as machine learning.

Imaging and Printing

Students on this team will develop solutions to problems that are related to Prof. Allebach’s on-going research collaborations with industrial sponsors.

Lake Michigan Coastal Research

The team uses a combination of computer modeling, laboratory and field measurements, and data analysis to quantify waves, currents, shoreline erosion, and sand transport along Lake Michigan’s coasts.


The team will design, build, test and prepare an autonomous robot for a lunar mining competition sponsored by NASA.


Design, Development, and Testing of Wireless Sensor for Vial Stress Measurement During Lyophilization

MEP: GoKart

In collaboration with the Minority Engineering Program (MEP), the GoKart team will design, build, and test go-karts for Purdue's Grand Prix competition.


Milestones teams allow first-year and sophomore students to gain skills and knowledge within the context of three different areas: 1) automotive; 2) autonomous systems; and 3) grand challenges. After completing the a semester of Milestones, students will be prepared to effectively contribute to VIP teams that align with their interests and goals.


Students will work with an international community of students in order to design, build and test a non-grounded rover prototype. The project will be carried online and feature optional events in France and Costa Rica.

Program Analysis as a Service

This group works on integrating security education into programming courses. Specifically, we focus on developing frameworks and infrastructure to use existing security tools in the curriculum.

Project Rekor

Software Supply Chain Transparency: this team will work with industry and open source partners to build software infrastructure to cryptographically verify provenance of software

Purdue Electric Racing

This team will design, build, and tests electrical systems and power electronics for an electric vehicle.

Race to Zero (R2Z)

The goal of this VIP Global "Race to Zero" program seeks to integrate hydrogen fuel cell technologies into the design of a net-zero energy building and is inspired by the United Nations Climate Change "Race to Zero" campaign.

Robomasters Robotics Project

Design, develop, manufacture, and/or program a group of robots in preparation for the 2020 Robomasters competition.

Robotic Exploration

The team will design, build and test a set of land and water-based robots to monitor the physico-chemical conditions of watersheds.


Enhance the regex engineering tools relied on by millions of open-source software projects.


To provide students with a comprehensive System on Chip design, fabrication and test experience.

Solar Sail

Solar sail is a technology to propel spacecrafts using the optical pressure from the sun. Two video cameras will monitor the shape of the sail to estimate the optical pressure and the acceleration.

Study Spot Availability Tracker

The Study Spot Availability Tracker team is working on project that will make finding study spots easier for students by allowing them to check the availability of study spots on campus in real time.

TensorFlow Model Garden

This team's goal is to create a standard for worldwide machine learning model development. We are creating high-quality implementations of state-of-the-art machine learning models.


This team will build and test various subsystems of nano-satellite and laser communications system.

UV Locker

With the recent changes in global infrastructure caused by COVID- 19, a team from Purdue Engineering has designed an innovative solution to alleviate a subset of problems when it comes to object disinfection and safe transmission.

Video Analytics for Understanding Human Behavior

This study aims to use video along with environmental sensors to develop a behavioral model that can be used to predict human action during design and before construction and to analyze pre- and post-COVID use patterns within the built environment.

Visual and Data Analytics

Develop a visual analytic system based on sensor data using Javascript CSS and other front-end software development.
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