To most people, a small bead and fragment of metal found in Alaska just south of the Arctic Circle wouldn’t qualify as particularly significant. But for H. Kory Cooper, associate professor at Purdue, they reveal a world of historical possibility.
Every fall, hundreds of elementary and middle school students flock to West Lafayette, Ind., for a fun-filled day of launching water rockets, experimenting with mini Mars rovers and learning about what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
One is known for Neil Armstrong and global engineers. The other is known for powering the world’s aircraft and producing exclusive luxury automobiles. Together, they’re planning to create the jet aircraft of the future.
There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com.
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.
Do your memories of summer camp include toasting marshmallows over an open fire, hikes in the woods and mosquito bites? How about dissecting an animal heart?
The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.
Purdue has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top engineering, technology and science universities in the United States. It’s widely recognized in areas ranging from space exploration to supercomputers.
With water shortages in California and other western states threatening the viability of wineries there, it was probably just a matter of time before an enterprising team devised a system to better manage grape-growing operations amid those changing conditions.
At Purdue University, there are all kinds of clubs and organizations for students, ranging from bass fishing to hip-hop dance. But what if you’re interested in, say, building a robot that mines moon rocks?
Purdue’s Steven Collicott can’t help but laugh as he considers one of comedian W.C. Fields’ most well-known quotes: “Never work with animals or children.”
Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni.
From the Garden of Eden to strange black monoliths, human beings have long sought explanations of their origins.
Women have made great professional strides in the past few decades, to the point where they now comprise nearly half of the entire U.S. workforce and the majority of American college students. Still, when it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), they have a long way to go.
Just a few years ago, Wes Major didn’t know he could fly. The Wilmington, Del., native lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, and his dream of learning how to pilot an aircraft seemed like something that would be forever out of reach.
The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is generally taken to mean that complex systems and solutions can’t be developed quickly. But whoever came up with the aphorism clearly wasn’t familiar with Purdue University’s “Install Day.”
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work.
If Tamara Moore, an associate professor of engineering education at Purdue University, had the power to do so, she probably would strike a certain four-letter word from the dictionary. That word is “nerd.”
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.