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BTN LiveBIG: At Purdue, a big goal leads to a 'tiny' home

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8BKnX9pC0&w=560&h=315%5D It was a simple question, but by no means an easy one to answer: How do you want to change the world? Kirk Alter, an associate professor at Purdue University, put that query before the students in his Monday night class in sustainable construction. And putting their heads together, those students came up with a plan. “This year they decided

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue students develop a potentially 'world-changing' device

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1uckc2z0k&w=560&h=315%5D The challenge was simple enough to grasp: All the students of Dr. John Starkey’s mechanical engineering capstone course had to do was design something that will change the world. “The goal is to provide something that is revolutionary,” said Kat Frangos, a student in the course. Students are first presented with a problem statement, according to the course website. From

BTN LiveBIG: Boiler up, up and away at the Hangar of the Future

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVbOQQEIDkw&w=560&h=315%5D For most people, having airplanes constantly taking off and landing close by wouldn’t make for ideal learning conditions. But for Purdue University grad student Amadou Anne, it’s heaven. “It’s just great to just be in this environment, especially if you like planes, like I do,” said Anne, who’s studying aerospace and aviation management at Purdue’s Hangar of the Future. “I

BTN LiveBIG: Kids get hands-on with robots thanks to Purdue toolkit

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKPn6pKfUw&w=560&h=315%5D Its name is Iggy. Its wild, colorful design and lively movements mirror the sunny, energetic disposition of its creator — a bright-eyed little girl who controls Iggy’s very movements with a flick of her wrist. Iggy is a robot, one created using HandiMate, a toolkit from Purdue University professor Karthik Ramani and graduate student Ansh Verma. “We learn a lot

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue applies processing power to human physiology

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g29N5lVT3o&w=560&h=315%5D From a military standpoint, one of the most significant features of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been the impact of advances in things like body armor, medical treatment, and logistic and communication technologies. Thousands of soldiers today survive combat injuries that would have been fatal just a generation or two before. However, this creates a new set of