Welcome from the department head
MET friends, alumni and students:
As we are almost into our sixth week of classes as you receive this
newsletter, I want to wish all of our students and faculty a very
successful semester and best wishes to our friends and alumni in their
We have a new dean, Gary Bertoline (you can follow his blog), and many exciting challenges ahead. Our department is off to a great start with all the new developments:
- three recent promotions to full professor: Qingyou Han, Rod Handy and Bill Hutzel;
- our department's external funding has increased;
- our enrollment is holding great;
- we are the leading department for the INHome Solar Decathlon project as well as the newly launched EcoCar 2 project.
- our Seminar Series is going strong
- many classes and labs have upgraded equipment and computers
- new staff who are working hard along with existing staff and faculty to make MET a leading department in our college.
Please let me know if I can be of any help or assistance to you during the semester.
Professor and Department Head
Solar Decathlon team coverage updated daily
EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future
Purdue University is participating in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future.
This is a three-year competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. During the competition, 15 universities in North America will redesign and build a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
The teams will follow the Vehicle Design Process as outlined by General Motors. They will not only design and build the car, but also account for consumer acceptability, fundraising, outreach and marketing. Team members are from all majors at the university. This competition will provide students a real-world experience while in college.
For more information feel free to contact the Project Manager, Haley Moore.
Hutzel to be honored with 2011 Special Boilermaker Award
Bill Hutzel, professor of mechanical engineering technology, is one of
two recipients of the 2011 Special Boilermaker Award, presented by the
Purdue Alumni Association. The official presentation of the award will
take place between quarters of the Purdue football game against
Minnesota, October 8.
Three honored with 'Good to Great' awards
Dean Gary Bertoline honored three faculty and staff with the inaugural Good to Great awards during the Dean's Welcome August 18.
- Betty Cottrell, secretary in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation, for her work in coordinating the annual College of Technology Career Fair.
- Bill Hutzel, professor of mechanical engineering technology, for his work in spearheading Purdue's entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.
- Eric Dietz, associate professor of computer and information technology, for his work with electric vehicles that results in the evGrandPrix race.
Recipients of the Good to Great award are involved with endeavors that improve the college's public image, show a commitment to excellence and demonstrate impact.
In the News: Motevalli discusses fuel cells on airplanes
Vahid Motevalli, professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, provided perspective on the potential use of fuel cells in the next generation of commercial airplanes in an article published in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, July 1, 2011.
Read the full article.
July 2011 CoT grants
For the month of July, the College of Technology received external funding that totaled $548,026.
Faculty who received funding (all are principal investigators unless otherwise noted) were:
- Gregory Lasker, BCM, ASHE/Purdue Student Chapter Education & Research Support Funds, American Society for Healthcare Eng, $5,000
- Rodney Handy, MET, Development of a Sustainable Manufacturing Portal at ALCOA:Phase II, Alcoa Inc, $48,070
- Thomas Hacker (co-PI), CIT, NEES Operations: FY 2010-FY2014 - Amend 10, National Science Foundation, $484,956
- Marcus Rogers, CIT, Technical Assistance to Indiana Inspector General, Inspector Generals Office, $10,000
New faces in MET
Austin Creasy, Jeff Holewinski and Lucian Silvian, our three newest faces in MET.
Creasey is a clinical assistant professor at Columbus statewide location; Holewinski is system technologist for the Automated Manufacturing Laboratory; and Silvian is a continuing lecturer.
Please welcome them when you see them around.
Rodgers one of 'Five Students who are Green Makers'
Kevin Rodgers, a graduate student in mechanical engineering technology
and project manager of Purdue’s Solar Decathlon team, is profiled in September's “Five Students who are Green Makers” feature on the Purdue
French works with Cumberland Elementary students
Throughout the school year, Professor Mark French has visited David Brantley's third grade class at Cumberland Elementary. He helps demonstrate engineering principles, creates math videos, shares time with students working on developing a higher understanding of mathematical concepts, and assisted in the construction of an electric guitar for the class.
French has become a favorite in their classroom, Brantley says, and he always brings new energy and inspiration. Many students have responded to his enriching math experiences, fun demonstrations, and especially his work with them building the guitar.
Brantley believes that French is inspiring the future generation and also says he has at least one student who has dreams of becoming an engineer.
Popcorn! Popcorn! Get your popcorn here! (United Way Fundraiser)
During the week of 9/19, the department sold popcorn for $1 per bag with all proceeds going to the MET Department's United Way campaign. Robo-Pop is the automated popcorn machine developed by the students in MFET and sponsored by C. Cretors & Company in Chicago.
Thanks to everyone who supported a great cause!
MFET travels to Chicago to the Assembly & Automation Technology Expo
MFET seniors Ryan Streu and Aaron Burns traveled to Chicago with Professor Brad Harriger and Jeff Holewinski on September 21 to the Assembly & Automation Technology Expo. At the expo they learned about the latest and greatest technology used in automated manufacturing.
CoT in the news
- Hector Arana, a mechanical engineering technology student in New Albany, has won his first Pro Stock race. Read more.
- The Purdue Alumnus has included an extensive article on the Solar Decathlon team. Read the article (starting on page 22).
Mechanical Engineering Technology is now on Facebook
We continuously hear from our IAC, students, and others about the importance of communicating with our students, alumni, friends and potential students via social media.
You are invited to join and check out the MET Facebook page: Purdue University - Mechanical Engineering Technology! It's continally being updated with departmental and CoT information and events.
Please e-mail Nicky Federer with upcoming events, class information, special presentations or seminars, photos and news so she can add it to Facebook for our students, alumni and friends.
MET seeks feedback on web site
Please take some time to review our web site (www.tech.purdue.edu/MET). We would love to hear from you with feedback, comments or suggestions.
Jun 13-16: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 20-23: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 27-30: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 30 - Aug 2: STEM Academic Boot Camp.
Jul 11-14: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend