Vahid Motevalli

First CTD projects: more efficient shipping, ultrasonic shot peening

What is the most cost-effective way to load a shipping container? How can you make a piece of metal stronger using less energy?

The founding members of the Purdue’s Center for Technology Development (CTD) have asked its faculty researchers to address these questions over a one-year period. The two projects are the first for the center, which was launched in January 2012.

Competitions provide unique learning experiences

A second place finish at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 was the climax of more than two years of work for the Purdue University team. Yet the educational benefits for the team members and advisors will continue for years to come. The lessons they learned can help similar large-scale student projects such as Purdue’s EcoCAR 2 team. Both teams have strong ties to the College of Technology.

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