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Purdue fluid power research engineer wins international honor

September 17, 2020

Andrea Vacca, professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and mechanical engineering, has received the 2019 Joseph Bramah Medal, conferred virtually during the Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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Ag labs rise to COVID challenge

September 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many aspects of life on the Purdue campus to change. Faculty and graduate students are rising to the challenge, redesigning lab courses in creative and innovative ways.

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Purdue agricultural biological engineering department ranked No. 1

September 14, 2020

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges announced today (Sept. 14) that Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Biological Engineering (ABE) is the top-ranked undergraduate department in its discipline for the 10th year in a row. Purdue’s graduate ABE…

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AgrAbility Virtual State Fair provides resources and information for national agricultural audiences

September 11, 2020

During the month of October, AgrAbility projects from 19 states will participate in the inaugural AgrAbility Virtual State Fair (VSF) online to provide resources and information for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers who are working in pr…

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Ag-Analytics opens branch in Convergence Center, encouraging collaboration

September 2, 2020

“Digital agriculture and data science are important tools for our farmers in Indiana,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “We look forward to finding opportunities for our researchers, Extension specialists and students to collaborate with Ag-Analytics as they join us on campus as part of the Convergence Center.”

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Purdue professors to develop course on agriculture informatics for agriscience students

September 1, 2020

A multidisciplinary team from Purdue University, under the leadership of Dharmendra Saraswat, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, recently received funding from the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program of the …

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New faculty members join College of Agriculture

August 26, 2020
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Land O’ Lakes program helps ABE student find certainty in an uncertain world

August 20, 2020

Katherine Krick, a rising junior in agricultural and biological engineering, was prepared to leave the U.S. for her first ever international journey this summer. Krick was one of six students nationally selected for Land O’ Lakes Global Food Challenge – Emerging Leaders for Food Security. The program typically includes an internship in one of Land O’ Lakes four divisions and two to four weeks of international travel. Krick and her cohort were slated to travel to Kenya and Rwanda for two weeks this summer.

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Purdue University to collaborate in NSF-funded Engineering Research Center to develop the Internet of Things for precision agriculture

August 9, 2020

Purdue University will be a partner in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center created to develop advanced agricultural technologies to address food, energy and water security challenges.

With a five-year, $26 million grant, the NSF has established the Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag). Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are NSF’s flagship engineering program for convergent research to address large-scale societal challenges.

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Purdue team gets $1 million to develop rapid sensor technology for cattle disease

July 14, 2020

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year. Quickly diagnosing the…

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Purdue University, Raytheon BBN Technologies, PortaScience, Cortex Design, and LaDuca partner on COVID-19 point-of-care test kit

June 25, 2020

Purdue University, Raytheon BBN Technologies, PortaScience Inc., Cortex Design Inc., and LaDuca LLC on Wednesday (June 24) announced a partnership to produce and manufacture a COVID-19 home test. The test will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Adm…

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Professor and pilot John Lumkes loves the view from 1,000 feet

June 15, 2020

Like many small kids, Lumkes, Purdue professor of Ag. and Biological Engineering and assistant dean of the office of academic programs, dreamed about flying.

As an eight-year-old, Lumkes would gaze at the sky, watching planes take off and land at the Lake Lawn Airport, just two miles from the family farm near Delavan, Wis.

“We got an old scanner out of the trash and fixed it so we could listen to the pilots,” said Lumkes.

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How a diagnostic tool used on cows might unlock a key to COVID-19 testing

April 28, 2020

What do cows and COVID-19 have in common? Unless you’re Mohit Verma, assistant professor in Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the answer is probably not much.

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Analysis: Wind energy expansion would have $27 billion economic impact

April 15, 2020

Wind, which generates less greenhouse gas emission than burning fossil fuels, is making up an increasing share of the energy production portfolio in the United States. But wind is not as efficient as coal or natural gas, causing some concern about its …

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Ethan Hillman in the lab

Graduate researcher makes the most of fungi

April 6, 2020

Ethan Hillman likens his arrival at Purdue to speed dating. Hillman, who chose the Purdue Interdisciplinary Life Science (PULSe) program for graduate study, rotated through multiple labs, looking to find the right match for the next five years.

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Agricultural grain explosions are usually preventable, but 2019 still saw eight in the U.S.

March 4, 2020

“There are many substances you might not think are explosive that, under the right conditions, actually are,” says Kingsly Ambrose, agricultural and biological engineering professor.

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AgrAbility gets farmers back to work worldwide

January 22, 2020

To Bill Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, a man who suffers a head injury falling from a grain bin in Indiana is no different than a woman who loses a foot to snakebite near Bangkok. “They have the same mechanical needs,” he explains — “how to get to where they need to be and do the things they’ve always done.”

Field directs the national AgrAbility Project, a USDA-NIFA-sponsored program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities meet those needs. His work focuses on three main areas: the health and well-being of farm families; enhancing emergency response in rural communities; and helping farmers rehabilitate after they’ve experienced a disability. The last priority taps Field’s ongoing research on assistive technology in agricultural workplaces.

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Purdue Agriculture’s 19 Most Read Stories of 2019

January 2, 2020
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Engineers keep cool while managing projects

December 19, 2019

by Courtney Maxwell It was a busy day in the Bechtel Innovation Design Center on Purdue’s campus. Immediately after walking in the door, the sound…

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Conference to address connection between big data and food safety

December 19, 2019

Purdue University is hosting the Big Data, Safe Food Conference on May 11-12, 2020. The first of its kind, the two-day conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and…

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