Knowing the types of machines available at Bechtel Innovation Design Center and being familiar with how they work is fundamental to Purdue students’ projects; however, becoming an expert in a machine’s use in order to create only one piece for a class project seemed a bit excessive. Matthew Swabey, Bechtel’s director, needed a happy medium, so he enlisted Bechtel’s student employees, led by Anirudh Pal, to devise a solution.
Purdue Polytechnic’s Kokomo location has a new, larger home at Inventrek Technology Park.
Students Matthew Fitzgerald and Shiv Patel used the laser engraver at Bechtel Innovation Design Center to inscribe railroad tracks once buried under State Street with Purdue emblems.
Gateway ComplexPurdue University announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has given a $40 million grant to help create Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex, an interdisciplinary hub with project-based instructional labs, design studios and other collaborative spaces. The complex will replace the Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Labs facilities.
The Bechtel Innovation Design Center is a makerspace on the Purdue campus that provides students with training and access to high-end equipment with which to build prototypes of their design ideas. Students from any Purdue major can use the waterjet, computer-aided design software, 3D printers or laser engravers.
The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved construction of the $140 million “Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway” project for project-based instructional laboratories, design studios and collaborative spaces.
Students, faculty and staff have been settling in to the Bechtel Innovation Design Center (BIDC), a state-of-the-art collaborative learning facility which opened in September 2017.
Construction of new classroom and lab space for Purdue Polytechnic workforce development programs in downtown Muncie, Ind., is progressing at the new Madjax facility.
With the addition of a Hawker 900XP full-motion, Level D flight simulator in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, Purdue is becoming the only university in the nation to offer jet-type training integrated in a bachelor of science degree program.
Numerous faculty from Purdue Polytechnic who participate in research and programs at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute will be able to use the new Manufacturing Design Laboratory, a research space that will focus on infusing Purdue resources and statewide manufacturing expertise into digital manufacturing technology.