March 11, 2021

Today's Top 5 From Purdue University

Note to journalists: Today’s Top 5 from Purdue University will be published and distributed on Thursdays only for the next three weeks (March 18, March 25 and April 1). Journalists visiting campus should follow visitor health guidelines.

You will want to read these good stories that you may have missed.


Creating a new type of computing that’s ‘naturally probabilistic’

Purdue researchers are building a probabilistic computer that could bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing to more efficiently solve problems in areas such as drug research, encryption and cybersecurity, financial services, data analysis and supply chain logistics.

Media Contact: Kayla Wiles,


Purdue computer scientist wins George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has elected Purdue computer scientist and applied mathematician Alex Pothen to receive its prestigious 2021 George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics.

Media Contact: Brittany Steff,


Engineering platform offers collaborative cloud options for sustainable manufacturing

Shweta Singh, an assistant professor in Purdue’s College of Engineering, has developed a cloud-based platform aimed at mapping inter-industry dependence networks for materials and waste generation among manufacturers in sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other industries tied to biobased economies.

Media Contact: Chris


Purdue professor awarded Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative funding from Department of Defense

Brett Savoie, the Charles Davidson Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue, will lead one of 25 teams receiving Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative funding from the Department of Defense as part of the fiscal year 2021 competition.

Media Contact: Kayla Wiles,


Rewriting the book on the fluid mechanics of blood vessels

Using a combination of advanced fluid mechanics and solid mechanics, Purdue researchers have established a new generalized flow law for elastic microtubes like blood vessels.

Media Contact: Kayla Wiles,


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