Purdue Polytechnic faculty in the “Realizing the Digital Enterprise” research impact area are working to pair technological capability and social responsibility, creating successful cyber–physical experiences.
John Sheffield, professor of engineering technology, will meet Pope Francis to discuss sustainable energy and how it might positively affect climate change.
Purdue Polytechnic's Gozdem Kilaz, assistant professor of engineering technology, has focused her research on developing alternative liquid fuels for transportation — specifically, aviation biofuels. She discusses her work on a project to convert plastic waste into jet fuel. Gozdem also has big news to share about an upcoming project. (This episode was updated to correct a minor error in the introduction.)
Gozdem Kilaz and Petr Vozka are working in the Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE) to optimize a new chemical conversion process to transform plastic waste into useful products.
A state-of-the-art solar array used primarily for learning and research has been installed on Knoy Hall’s rooftop. The new 28-panel array replaces a 24-panel system installed 17 years ago. The new solar photovoltaic array, comprised of panels each roughly the same physical size as those previously installed, will generate nearly three times more electricity than the old array despite expanding by only four panels.
“Every semester I start by challenging the students and asking them how they want to change the world. This year we made a tiny home,” said Kirk Alter, associate professor of construction management at Purdue University.
The tiny home project will address the issue of housing for the homeless, battered women and people re-entering society from prison.
“One of the things that the students have learned,” Alter said, “is that we don’t need heroes, we need partners — partners in our communities.”
by Charles Adams III
Update for April 28, 2014
Knoy Hall of Technology is now generating a portion of its own electricity via solar photovoltaic arrays on its roof. It is the first building on Purdue’s academic campus to have this capability.
"We have grid-tied the solar panels to Knoy Hall which allows the building to use the generated electricity," said Terance Harper, a graduate student in mechanical engineering technology. "If there is an excess, it will be pushed to Purdue’s electrical grid."
Holly Chan, a graduate student in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation, has been named a finalist in the College Entrepreneur category of the Entrepreneur of 2013 contest presented by The UPS Store.
Chan’s idea of a zero-waste grocery store, dubbed The Hero Store, is one of five finalists for this year’s award.
Through a new initiative dubbed Project [Re]Green, College of Technology students are working to make sustainability an everyday reality within the college.
Holly Chan, a graduate student in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation, is working with the college administration to research sustainability and how to incorporate its ideals into the college’s culture.