Current Projects

Realizing the Digital Enterprise 

Solving problems of all sizes

Small-picture solutions use connected infrastructure to make improvements to daily life – such as smart cities that won’t force drivers to idle at a traffic light when there are no other cars at the intersection.

Big-picture solutions leverage the power of smart infrastructure to save resources and lives – such as automatic water valve sensors that divert run-off during storms to prevent flash flooding or sewer overflows.

Current Projects

An albatross chick sits along a white sand beach at the Midway Atoll Wildlife Refuge amid plastic that covers the area even though it is not inhabited by humans. (NOAA photo)

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.

Digital Enterprise Center

Purdue Polytechnic’s digital manufacturing and design research laboratory, once known as the Product Lifecycle Management Center, is changing its name to the Digital Enterprise Center.

Jun Han Bae, Wonse Jo, Gary Bertoline & Jun Zhang

Research assistants in Purdue Polytechnic displayed research projects at the Realizing the Digital Enterprise Graduate Student Poster Session.

The liquid metal cyborg in "Terminator 2"

The liquid metal cyborg in ”Terminator 2” inspired Richard Voyles and a team of researchers to work toward developing a ”smart product printer” that combines the printing of a structure with the printing of electronics, sensing and other functions.

Purdue University graduate student Xiaozhe Fan measures how much light is emitted by a GaAs solar cell. The light emitted by the solar cell is modulated to convey information. (Image provided)

Daniel Leon-Salas, associate professor in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology, led a research team that has patented a way to transmit power and information between IoT devices using only light.

Blue Avion

Blueavion f1, an airport sensor system co-developed by John Mott, associate professor of aviation technology, is now available commercially. The product was tested at the Purdue University Airport.