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Development of the Boeing/AFOSR Mach 6 “Quiet” Wind Tunnel

Dr. Steve Schneider is an expert in high-speed laminar-turbulent instability and transition. That translates to providing critical design criteria for advanced aircrafts that will travel at hypersonic speeds. In order to provide the best possible environment for testing and design, he and his team developed a hypersonic, quiet tunnel. Learn More.

Development of Novel Energetic Materials

Many technologies we develop are transferred to the DoD labs. A recent example is modifying aluminum particles with the inclusions of other materials, such as fluoropolymers and hydrocarbons by high energy milling. This can dramatically alter the ignition and combustion behavior of aluminum, which is used ubiquitously in propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics. We have fabricated this material for labs such as Navy Crane Lab and Eglin AFB. Crane has explored improved pyrotechnics with our materials and is pursuing a patent for their use of our aluminum composite particles. Elgin AFB tested our materials in explosives experiments and quantified advantages.

Development and commercialization of Digital Identification Technology

Mike Atallah, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, in collaboration with his graduate student, Hoi Chang, Distinguished Professor John Rice, and former Assistant Head & Professor Tim Korb, worked together to develop technology that protects from attacks in distributed or untrusted environments and is used in more than 200 million computing devices, providing protection from hackers by linking "guards" at different points within software code. Arxan was developed stemming from research being done in both Purdue’s Computer Science Department and the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).

DARPA Spectrum Challenge

The DARPA Spectrum Challenge is a competition to demonstrate a radio protocol that can best use a given communication channel in the presence of other dynamic users and interfering signals. The Challenge is not focused on developing new radio hardware, but instead is targeted at finding strategies for guaranteeing successful communication in the presence of other radios that may have conflicting co-existence objectives. The Spectrum Challenge will entail head-to-head competitions between one team's radio protocol and an opponent’s in a structured testbed environment. In addition to bragging rights for the winning teams, one team could win as much as $150,000.

An ECE Research Team consisting of students Sooyoung Hur, Andrew Marcum, and Andrew Balmos and Professors James Krogmeier, David Love, and Xiaojun Lin has qualified as top seed for the DARPA Spectrum Challenge. Of the 90 teams originally registered, 46 completed three qualification hurdles and the top 15 have been selected for the Spectrum Challenge Tournament, which will take place over the next year. The ECE team, which also included Raytheon BBN, qualified with the highest score.

How David Love (Prof. ECE) and students won first prize in the initial round for the challenge.

Delivering tools for Command and Control for Coast Guard

Purdue is home to a Department of Homeland Security, Center of Excellence – VACCINE. One of the center’s undertakings was the development of a tool, cgSARVA, for the United States Coast Guard to facilitate real time understanding of resources in an effort to provide responders with information allowing them to make the best, rapid decision. The first major use of the tool was to prioritize and efficiently manage the repair of boats and stations damaged by Superstorm Sandy, which worked its way up the Eastern Seaboard in the fall of 2012. The Coast Guard was able to use the system and determine the best method of response. "A remarkable amount of intellectual rigor has brought us to this point," says Rear Admiral Dean Lee, Deputy for Operations Policy and Capability. "Our analysis team here at headquarters saw tremendous potential in the initial version of cgSARVA and had the organizational vision to expand its capabilities for inclusion in their strategic modeling efforts. Our partnering with Purdue University and the Research and Development Center has yielded insight into our coastal operations that we have never achieved before."

The Coast Guard accredited the system on April 22, 2013, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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