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February 28, 2018

Purdue Space Program to compete with groundbreaking liquid-fueled rocket

With SpaceX launches capturing the world's imagination, the 21st century has become a golden age of rocketry, and it's never been easier to build a rocket that launches to incredible heights. But a student team called Purdue Space Program has taken this ambition to the next level. They have built a rocket fueled by liquid methane -- something no university has ever attempted -- and in May, will launch it as part of a $100,000 competition.
December 29, 2017

Zucrow Labs Annual Report now available

It's been an amazing year, especially at Zucrow Labs, with its largest expansion in nearly 40 years. Million-dollar combustion test cells, a new laser lab, a visit from the Slow Mo Guys, and even a new astronaut! Read Zucrow's annual report...
October 18, 2017

Chris Goldenstein and Carlo Scalo receive AFOSR grants

Congrats to Chris Goldenstein and Carlo Scalo, who received grants from the AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Each grant is $450,000 over three years.
Chris will study Characterization of Nanopropellant Combustion and Agglomerate-breakup Physics via Infrared Laser-absorption Imaging. Carlo's research area is Direct Numerical Simulation of Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition over Distributed Surface Porosity.
September 22, 2017

ZL3 and ZL8 expansions completed!

The largest academic propulsion lab in the world just got better, with the addition of five brand new high-pressure combustion test cells, connected to a state-of-the-art laser lab. The expansion also includes new control rooms and offices.
August 29, 2017

Slow Mo Guys visit Zucrow Labs

Internet video stars The Slow Mo Guys visited Purdue recently to film segments for their YouTube channel, including spending a whole day at Zucrow Labs.
August 1, 2017

Alumni Profile: Robert Vogt

It was combustion that lit the fire of Robert Vogt (BSME '74, MSME '76) while he was at Purdue, and eventually in the oil and gas industry. But after selling specialized technical equipment, he realized that sales was his true passion. He started a company called Midwest Pressure Systems, now marking 30 years of designing and manufacturing air and gas pressure booster systems. He says becoming an entrepreneur was a calculated risk, but with his engineering expertise, he had an upper hand in selling and servicing technical equipment to his customers.
June 7, 2017

Loral O'Hara selected as 24th Purdue astronaut

Zucrow Labs alumna Loral O'Hara (MSAAE '09) has been selected for the 2017 NASA Astronaut Class. O'Hara is one of five women and seven men selected from more than 18,000 applicants.
June 5, 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.
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