Purdue’s Back a Boiler selected for better government award

August 16 2018

A Boston-based think tank has selected Purdue University’s Back a Boiler income share agreement program, which provides an alternative to Federal Parent PLUS and private student loans, as its winner of the 27th annual Better Government Competition.

The Pioneer Institute said it selected the Back a Boiler program after reviewing more than 80 entries from think tanks, universities, job training programs, nonprofits and state government agencies nationwide. Purdue University will receive the $10,000 top prize, which it will donate to the Back a Boiler ISA Fund.


CINDAS, company that compiles valuable data on materials properties, aerospace structural metals, moves to aerospace district

August 15 2018

CINDAS LLC, a private company that compiles data on materials properties and aerospace structural metals that are essential to engineers and scientists worldwide, has moved into the university’s aerospace district.

Frank Mason and his wife, Patricia, who privatized the business in 2003, have moved CINDAS LLC into the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building. The Masons say the move is the latest sign of the company’s growth.

“This little company has become more than just a little company,” said Frank Mason, who earned a chemical engineering degree and MBA from Purdue and worked in the College of Engineering for 30 years.


Three Purdue Foundry-affiliated startups to be featured at TechCrunch conference in San Francisco next month

August 14 2018

Three startups that have been receiving assistance from the Purdue Foundry will be featured at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference to be held next month in San Francisco.

Brightlamp, Mimir and Pinpoint Pharma are among eight Indiana early-stage startups that will feature their products or platforms at the conference’s Startup Alley, while also showcasing the state’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem will be on full display at TechCrunch Disrupt, showcasing our thriving tech community to companies and investors from across the world,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As a state, we will continue to support Hoosier innovators as they start and scale their businesses, attracting capital investment to Indiana and creating high-skilled jobs for Hoosiers.”


New robotic technology may provide more insight into neurological diseases, which affect about one-third of Americans

August 15 2018

Purdue University researchers are a step closer to answering one of the critical questions about the brain – how neural networks in the organ perform the computations necessary for higher-level brain functions.

The technology also provides a new tool for the potential development of medications for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

The Purdue researchers developed a robotic system that provides an advanced way to study the brain and how the individual neurons inside function. The Purdue software automates most of the work involved in the patch-clamp technique, a widely used process involving the attachment of a glass pipette to a cell membrane to record electrical activity from individual neurons.


Transistor technology may improve speed, battery life for computers, mobile phones and other electronics

August 14 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed transistor technology that shows potential for improving computers and mobile phones.

The researchers created a new technology design for field effect transistors, which are basic switching devices in computers and other electronic devices. Those types of transistors also are promising candidates for next generation nanodevices. They can offer better switching behavior for computers and devices compared with traditional field effect transistors.


Millions exposed to potentially dangerous metals, new technology could help lower the risk

August 09 2018

A unique system developed by Purdue University researchers may help reduce the number of people impacted by health problems associated with the accumulation of metals in the body.

The technology detects manganese, a known neurotoxicant in high concentrations, which more than 1 million people in the United States are exposed to each year through their work in areas such as welding and construction, or during daily activities, such as eating food and drinking water.

Overexposure can lead to impaired cognitive and motor functions. At higher levels, it can result in a permanent neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease.

“The accumulation of manganese or other metals in the body can have serious impacts on the brain, kidney, liver and other organs,” said Linda Nie, an associate professor in Purdue’s School of Health Sciences, who led the research team. “We want to use our technology to assess the exposure levels and to prevent progressive and permanent damage. This technology we have developed opens up a new door for metal exposure assessment and quantification and the research on metals and associated health effects on humans.”


Purdue team offers promising method for water-stressed areas

August 08 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed a method to detoxify water with chlorine and ultraviolet radiation, which may provide new hope for water-stressed areas and help promote the reuse of wastewater.

The Purdue team developed a method for selectively degrading and detoxifying amines, organic compounds derived from ammonia that are common in water supplies. Amines include a number of compounds that can be toxic to humans and other animals.

“Climate change and increasing human populations are mandating changes in water use patterns, including water reuse and the use of water supplies that were previously identified as being of marginal or poor quality,” said Ernest R. Blatchley III, a professor in Purdue’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, who led the research. “As human populations increase their reliance on these water supplies, the need for effective, selective water treatment methods will increase.”


Purdue biomedical engineering students develop hands-on, realistic breastfeeding simulation to train perinatal professionals

August 08 2018

Four Purdue University students in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering have developed a novel anatomically correct and hands-on breastfeeding simulator system to assist the training of perinatal nurses and professionals.

Neal Patel, Jennifer Ray, Alexandria Sacopulos and Daniel Romary co-invented Martina: A Breastfeeding Simulation System for their senior design project in biomedical engineering. Tina Babbitt, an Indiana Perinatal Network nurse and lactation consultant, detailed the need for better breastfeeding training materials to Purdue and mentored the researchers throughout development.

“One motivation was that many new mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than recommended, due to pain or discomfort from poor placement,” said Romary, the project spokesman. “If we could help new moms better understand how to breastfeed, they could do it correctly and longer without pain. Also, the recommended six months has been shown to have health benefits for the baby.”


Purdue startup that plans to use ‘rockoons’ to launch small satellites into space wins $1,500 in Midwest business pitch

August 06 2018

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that plans to use “rockoons” to open access to space for microsatellite companies won third place in a Midwest business competition.

The judges at the Final Four Business Pitch awarded Leo Aerospace LLC, which plans to use “rockoons,” or high-altitude balloons, that launch rockets into suborbital and orbital flights, $1,500 at the competition held July 31 at the 1871-Chicago Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. The competition for the best university startups included students from Purdue, DePaul University, Michigan State University and the University of Illinois System.


Chill out: Purdue produces innovative ChillNado to help tailgaters, beachgoers, others cool and store drinks, food

August 02 2018

Tailgating is big business in the United States – an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate every football season and spend $12 billion enjoying the pastime. Purdue University researchers have developed new technology to help tailgaters, beachgoers and anyone else enjoy cool drinks.

The Purdue team created a new cooler technology they call ChillNado. Current cooler technology is made to just keep drinks or food at a certain temperature for some amount of time, but ChillNado keeps them cool and rapidly cools them down to a desirable chilled temperature.



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