College of Engineering

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Purdue’s College of Engineering has hired a researcher renowned as something of a “whiz kid” to be its new dean.

Mung Chiang comes to Purdue from Princeton, where he’s taught electrical engineering and researched electronic communication methods.

Chiang turns 40 this year and has won several awards given to young engineering researchers. But he says he’s not focusing on how much time he’s spent in the field.

The School of Engineering Education at Purdue is beginning to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

It was the first such academic unit in the country, and a decade later; it claims more Ph.D. graduates than similar programs at other universities.

David Radcliffe, the Kamyar Haghighi Head of Engineering Education, says the annual Engineering Colloquium will pay tribute to the scholars who first studied how to educate future engineers.

Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar latest addition to Purdue

Oct 18, 2013
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A spaceship has landed at Purdue. Boeing donated a model of its X-20 Dyna-Soar Hypersonic Space Plane to the university. A dedication ceremony was held Friday afternoon at Armstrong Hall.

The X-20 Dyna-Soar was a one-man, piloted, space glider created in the late 1950s, but it never flew.

Dean of Engineering Leah Jamieson says it still contributed to the U.S. space program.

"It provided significant engineering technology and advancements that contributed to the future of spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle."

Conversation with Purdue's president for September

Sep 26, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about his schedule of public appearances, including recent speaking engagements and interviews on national cable TV shows.

He also discusses the recently announced Purdue Moves initiative and weighs in on the funding issues related to Amtrak's Hoosier State Line.

Purdue building projects moving forward

Sep 12, 2013

Purdue is making the physical adjustments to accommodate an expansion of the College of Engineering. A committee of the board of trustees approved plans to renovate and reconfigure space in several buildings.

The projects totaling $70 million are still being finalized, but could include Hampton and Grissom halls, the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering buildings.

Trustee Gary Lehman says the expansion of that college is a high priority for the university.

Purdue initiatives

Sep 10, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels is promoting ten things to make the university better. Those are based on its current strengths. More investment in the College of Engineering, bolstering computer science, and transforming the College of Technology into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute are some of the targets.

Daniels says the new institute will allow students to do more experiential learning.

Studying Lake Michigan's currents

Jul 25, 2013
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A team of researchers at Purdue is getting a better understanding of the currents in Lake Michigan.

Cary Troy, assistant professor of civil engineering, and four students spent most of last week on the lake taking measurements. He says they used a dye to trace the movements of the water in the deepest part of the southern basin.

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WBAA's Mike Loizzo talked with Purdue acting-President Tim Sands about several issues during their monthly interview in October.

Topics covered include the COACHE survey of faculty satisfaction, meeting with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, expansion plans for the College of Engineering, and online education efforts at Purdue.

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A five-year plan for the College of Engineering at Purdue includes hiring more faculty and staff who are women and minorities. That’s one part of the effort to add 107 professors.

Leah Jamieson, the John Edwardson Dean of Engineering, says women are nearly 16% of the college’s faculty now, while under-represented minorities are 7% of the total. She says most of this year will be spent developing a strategy for hiring.