Things to Know

We've created this section to help you navigate Purdue. There is lots of great information here to help your family adjust to college life.

Welcome to the life of a college family

Your student is working toward their dream. And you're adjusting to life as a Purdue parent or family. Whether you just sent your first child off to college or you've done this before, watching your student gain independence takes some getting used to.

We've prepared this section with you in mind — full of information that will keep you informed and effectively supporting your child as they work their way to adulthood, one class at a time. That's why we call it "Things to Know."

You have questions. We'll try to help you find the answers. We'll keep you informed and feeling comfortable as you welcome a new Boilermaker into the family.

Up in the air

Forget thinking outside of the box, Dahlon Lyles is thinking outside of the globe. And it's earning him national attention.

Dahlon, a mechanical engineering technology major, started a team at Purdue to build a zero-pressure balloon and electronics — just like the ones NASA uses. His team won best design in the first Global Space Balloon Challenge.

Dahlon also designed a prototype thin-walled replacement jaw to aid patients with various medical diseases.

"I hope to one day go beyond this work and find unique and interesting ways to apply additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, to the biomedical and aerospace industries," Dahlon says.

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