Learning through Engagement and Discovery

Students apply knowledge in competitions

Com/Mgmt student team places 14th at advertising nationals

After claiming first place in district competition earlier this spring, a team of Communication/Management 429 students placed 14th in the finals of the National Student Advertising Competition last week at Phoenix, Ari.

Organized by the American Advertising Federation and sponsored this year by Glidden paint, the competition called for participating teams to develop a $10 million advertising campaign for Glidden to increase customer awareness and drive purchasing behavior among Glidden products available at Walmart stores.

Advertising and Marketing Instructor Matt Hanson taught and mentored the students. A Purdue Calumet student team has qualified for the national finals three of the past four years.

Engineering students earn top 10 finishes in Electric Grand Prix competitions

Taking advantage of applied, experiential learning opportunities, a team of engineering students designed, developed and raced electric vehicles to top 10 finishes in two recent Electric Grand Prix competitions.

Nick Dres of Valparaiso drove one Purdue Calumet electric kart to an eighth place finish, while Nick Raab of Crown Point finished 10th in another kart at the Purdue West Lafayette EV Grand Prix. During the 50-lap Purdue EV Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nick Lamber of St. John claimed a fifth place finish, while Raab settled for sixth after holding second place until victimized by a multi-kart accident with five laps to go.

“The opportunity to apply lessons and principles in a real world, competitive environment such as these races is so valuable for engineering students,” Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Donald Gray said.

2013 Electric Vehicle Team
2013 Electric Vehicle Team

Engineering grad student earns 1st in poster competition at Iron and Steel Technology Conference

Engineering graduate student and CIVS graduate assistant Nicholas Walla took first place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition at the recent Association for Iron and Steel Technology Conference held in Pittsburgh.

His presentation, “Life Prediction in Industrial Equipment,” sponsored by U.S. Steel, proposes a methodology to be applied to existing or proposed large-scale industrial equipment.

The methodology combines finite element-based structural simulations, fatigue life modeling and 3-dimensional visualization to determine key locations of potential failure, as well as their approximate remaining life. This information then can be used to refine downtime scheduling and inspection plans.