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February 2016

Purdue 'Ever True' campaign surpasses $1B mark

Purdue University’s "Ever True" fundraising campaign surpassed $1 billion in contributions from alumni, corporations, foundations and friends as calendar year 2015 came to a close. As of Dec. 31, $1,003,583,309 has been committed toward the $2.019 billion goal. More ...

Purdue earns S&P AAA rating

Standard & Poor's has announced that Purdue's credit rating has been upgraded from AA+ to AAA, the agency's highest level. With the new rating, Purdue now has the highest ratings possible from both S&P and Moody's Investors Service. The higher credit rating will enable a lower cost of financing on future bond offerings. More ...

3 grants awarded to Purdue to bolster STEM education

Purdue has received three state grants totaling more than $1.1 million to support programs designed to boost the recruitment and retention of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The grants were awarded through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund, which was created in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly. More ...

Online engineering degree gets high marks in national rankings

Purdue's College of Engineering online graduate engineering programs were ranked fifth in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of Best Online Programs. The programs have been listed in the top 10 for the past four years in the annual ranking. More ...

Purdue becomes new home for National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences

Purdue will serve as the new home for a national mathematics organization that strives to increase underrepresented minorities earning doctoral degrees in mathematics and related fields. The Purdue math department will house the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences beginning in March. More ...

Purdue FoundryX initiative launches beta site for online community, secures over 50 industry mentors

FoundryX, a Purdue Foundry initiative that invites active industry leaders and business experts to connect with early-stage Purdue startups and patented innovations that are available to license, has launched an open beta of its online community. Purdue Foundry also recently announced that FoundryX has attracted over 50 mentors to help facilitate its mission to collaboratively drive new technologies to market.

Research supports 'structural health monitoring' to reduce head trauma in contact sports

Purdue researchers citing data on the effects of repeated head impacts on high school football players are advocating a greater use of medical imaging to reduce brain trauma in contact sports, particularly in players who do not have symptoms of concussion. The researchers are recommending that a "structural health monitoring" approach similar to that used to detect subtle damage in aircraft also be applied to athletes to better understand the effects of gradual neurological damage. More ...

Innovation could revive incandescent lighting, bring more efficient solar cells

Incandescent lighting could make a comeback with a new type of filter that "recycles" infrared photons and improves efficiency, an innovation that also could enable solar cells to convert heat into electricity more efficiently than conventional photovoltaic technology. Peter Bermel, assistant professor in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, worked with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop the filter. More ...

Microbots individually controlled using 'mini force fields'

Researchers are using a technology likened to "mini force fields" to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines in areas including manufacturing and medicine. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Research at Purdue Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation earns national award

A technical paper written by researchers of Purdue University Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and AK Steel about a way to improve steel production based on a concept developed at the steel company's Dearborn (Mich.) Works has been selected to receive the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s (AIST) 2016 Josef S. Kapitan Award-Ironmaking. More ...

Study group submits report on IPFW governance

The IPFW Working Group, as directed by the Indiana General Assembly, submitted its final report on Jan. 15 to the Legislative Services Agency. The report can be found here.

Purdue in the News

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