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Sometimes the smallest things can make big differences. The sway of a bridge or building caused by wind is barely perceptible for most people, for instance, but Ryan Harne sees a major potential source of energy in what few others even notice. An assistant professor in Ohio State’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Harne has studied vibration-energy harvesting for several years. His research examines how the movements of large structures, like skyscrapers and bridges, could translate into usable energy. “If a bridge weakens steadily over time due to swaying, nowadays it’s quite common to go ahead and either retrofit
Through a long and winding journey that took her from Turkey to West Lafayette and many places in between, Gozdem Kilaz hasn’t forgotten what’s most important in her teaching. “It’s all about the students,” said the assistant professor at Purdue’s school of engineering technology. “They continue to amaze me. They’re so savvy, so enthusiastic and can do so much. People think the professors are the ones who go to the labs and everything, but we’re more like the fire chiefs — make sure they don’t hurt themselves.” Still, Kilaz has quite a bit to teach them. In addition to her