From historic Wetherill and Brown laboratories to the newer facilities in the
Center for Drug Discovery and the Lawson Computer Science Building, the
College of Science offers its faculty and students state-of-the-art places to
work, learn and discover. Within these labs and classrooms, impressive
technology drives learning and fuels world-changing research. Much of this
equipment is customized or built from scratch by our faculty members or by
the talented staff in the Jonathan Amy Facility for Chemical Instrumentation, a
unique place where lab equipment is repaired, built and designed every day.
In this issue, you will explore several of the College of Science’s most
amazing machines. From supercomputers to small sensors used to detect the
tiniest particles of matter, you will learn the ins-and-outs of this equipment
along with the integral research for which it is used.
Cutting-edge technology is also in the capable hands of our computer
science students. Drones in the civilian marketplace are at an all-time high in
terms of sales and debate. Two undergraduates — first-year student Christian
Stewart and sophomore Harris Christiansen — are experts with the
machines. Stewart works for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab with drone plane
technology that is being marked for eventual Mars exploration, while
Christiansen works for Apple thanks to his previous work with a startup
called iDrone. We expect the Department of Computer Science to jump on this
technology as a possible career for programmers. Another CS student used
hackathons like BoilerMake to develop perhaps the world’s first smart mirror.
As the temperature drops, a nice game of golf would be a bit cold for most
of America but in a few short months, August Kim and her fellow duffers for
the Purdue women’s golf team will be looking to repeat a strong showing in the
NCAA tournament. Kim has become a team leader at the same time she has
been an eagle in the lab as a biochemistry major.
We in Science are thrilled with the recently announced Ever True
fundraising campaign. This bold initiative looks to bring in $2.019 billion
into the University by 2019, the 150th anniversary of Purdue’s founding. Of
course, the College of Science will benefit from this action. Dollars will be
funneled to professorships, facilities and programs designed for student
success. We know with your help that the College of Science will continue
its leadership in graduating tomorrow’s scientific leaders.
As always, my sincere thanks for your support and interest in the
Purdue College of Science. I wish you a happy, safe and warm holiday
JEFFREY T. ROBERTS