Girl Scouts Get First-Hand Engineering Experience

Feb 26, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates around a quarter of STEM jobs are filled by women, but an event in south central Indiana this weekend aimed at giving Girl Scouts a chance to hone their inner-engineer.

An all-day event on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus Saturday aimed to get girls excited about STEM through several activities and discussions with professionals in the field of engineering. Cook Medical, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the Society of Women Engineers from Southwest Central Indiana, and other local community sponsors worked to put on the event.

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Research at Purdue has uncovered a naturally-occurring material that — in a phenomenon that seemingly defies logic — becomes thicker when it’s stretched.

Most materials get thinner vertically when they’re stretched horizontally, think about how a water balloon becomes more fragile with more water inside. However, scientists have manufactured so-called “auxetic” materials that can do the opposite, thanks to a special way their atomic structures line up, like a hinge that opens.

Rose-Hulman Sets Record Number Of Female Students

Aug 28, 2015
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says the 20th anniversary of co-education at the school is being marked by a record number of female students this year.

Rose-Hulman says this year's incoming freshman class has 133 female students, which is a school record and represents one-quarter of the class.

Vice President For Enrollment Management and Strategic communications James Goecker says the school is increasing diversity in its student body, "with 30 percent of the 2015-16 freshman class of 547 being non-Caucasian, non-American citizen."

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An event that had been whispered about for weeks was brought into the open Wednesday at Purdue – the arrival of a $40 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

It’s the largest single cash gift Purdue has ever received.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels alluded to the cloak-and-dagger nature of the two weeks leading up to the announcement in his remarks.

“I’m pretty sure some of you came expecting me to announce we found Amelia [Earhart]’s plane,” Daniels joked. “That’s the next announcement.”

A former CEO of Lockheed Martin will be speaking at Purdue about the future of science and engineering. Norm Augustine has served as a U.S. Department of Defense official and as an advisor on such things as human space flight and research in Antarctica.

He says everything from producing clean energy to ensuring national security comes down to science and engineering. By his assessment, the country is headed down the wrong path when it comes to preparing for future challenges.

Mark Simons / Purdue University

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.

World ranking places Purdue at 56th

Aug 15, 2012

Purdue has moved up five spots in a global ranking of universities.

Purdue is 56th in this year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Center for World-Class Universities in Shanhgai.

The center ranks the top 500 universities annually based on six indicators, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, and the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science.

In specialty rankings, Purdue ranks 10th in engineering, 19th in chemistry, 20th in computer science and 47th in overall science.