Congratulations to Professors Robert Kramer and Libby Pelter in the Department of Chemistry and Physics for receiving their latest patent! Together with Professor John Patterson at Purdue West Lafayette, they invented a process that produces hydrogen from garbage, sewage, and other organic wastes. Building on this process, the team plans to develop a modular energy system that can be dropped into storm-ravaged or war-torn areas as well as used in commercial production processes. This system would eliminate potentially hazardous organic wastes, converting them into clean energy and water.
Hydrogen is an environmentally friendly clean burning fuel that only produces water vapor as it burns. It can be used to generate electricity, power vehicles, or provide heat for various applications. The newly awarded patent employs an approach pioneered at the PNW Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center and expands upon a previous research grant from the US Department of Energy. The research team is currently seeking additional funding to further the project and scale up the process for commercial development. #PNWCESPrideContinue reading →
PNW professor of mathematics, Dr. David Feikes, is the recipient of the 2019 Purdue University Christian J. Foster Award!
The award annually recognizes one Purdue faculty members’ contributions to K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Indiana. The award is named after Christian Foster, the former first gentleman of Purdue. Each year, it is awarded to one faculty member on any Purdue campus who has made demonstrable contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in Indiana’s K-12 schools.
Feikes is a leader in mathematics education, transforming the teaching of mathematics in Indiana, nationally and internationally for more than 25 years. As a recipient of over $3,000,000 in grant funding, Feikes has mentored thousands of teachers and served tens of thousands of students to enhance mathematics, science and engineering teaching and learning throughout the state of Indiana.
“The College of Engineering and Sciences is very proud of Dr. David Feikes, this year’s recipient of the Christian J. Foster Award. Dr. Feikes has spent his career working to improve math education in our K-12 schools and this award is recognition of his outstanding achievements in this area,” said Dr. Daniel Suson, associate dean. “Dr. Feikes is the first recipient outside of the West Lafayette campus and exemplifies the high level of commitment to excellence found among our faculty at PNW. We congratulate him on this important award and its recognition of his dedication to improving mathematical competency throughout the state.”Continue reading →