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Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building Dedication

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Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building Dedication

We recently had the honor of attending the building dedication for the new Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building. Applied was responsible for engineering the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing for this new 55,000 SF, two-story facility, with a $12 million construction cost. Rolls-Royce is occupying approximately 60% of the space, and we helped design their test cell facility where jet engine components will be designed, developed, and tested. The Aerospace Building is also the new home to Purdue’s Physical Facilities Department. Dan Hasler (President, Purdue Research Foundation), Mitch Daniels (President, Purdue University), Marion Blakey (President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America), Senator Brandt Hershman, and Mayor John Dennis (City of West Lafayette) all spoke during the dedication. Adding to the excitement of the day was the flyover and landing of an MV-22 Osprey.

Purdue Bound Career Day

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Purdue Bound Career Day

The Saturday morning started out cold, but the Purdue Bound (formerly Science Bound) Career Day kicked off with great warmth as the excited students learned about jobs and opportunities within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math) fields. Applied Engineering Services served as a corporate sponsor for the event, along with Purdue University, Raytheon, Bowen Engineering, Rolls-Royce, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly and Company. Each firm gave the students a quick “day in the life” of an engineer, scientist, designer, researcher, or programmer.

Mike Jamieson and I talked with students about the type of work Applied does within the consulting engineering industry. We described how Applied utilizes engineering knowledge to provide HVAC designs, plumbing design, power distribution, and telecommunications connectivity, and how our work utilizes math, science, and engineering, and technology to create warm and inviting environments. We gave a broad overview of healthcare design to the students, touching on how HVAC designs can be best implemented to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. Power distribution from the utility company down to the receptacles was also generally described.

The students were actively engaged with some of the hands-on devices that we demonstrated. Mike described energy efficiencies in the HVAC realm by showing how a small ventilation recovery device works and how sensible and latent energy is transferred through the cross-baffle heat recovery membrane. The plate and frame heat exchanger spurred several questions from the students. On the electrical side, the manual motor starter and medium voltage cable drew the most interest. I helped break down the electrical concepts behind the equipment, which allowed the students to better understand how the parts and pieces all work together to create a complete building system.

The morning included a panel discussion with previous Purdue Bound graduates describing their college and life experiences, and wrapped up with a motivational speech by Purdue All-American Running Back LeRoy Keyes and his wife, Monica. The students and career volunteers noted that it was a great experience, and everyone appreciated Rolls-Royce’s hospitality in hosting the event at their facility.

Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Science Bound Parent Meeting

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Science Bound Parent Meeting

Applied Engineering Services is a long-time partner of the Science Bound program, a Purdue University/Indianapolis Public Schools partnership where a student who successfully completes the program is given the opportunity for paid tuition at Purdue University. We have supported Science Bound for nearly a decade as an advisory board member, at the annual career fair, through summer internships of rising high school seniors, and financially.

Recently, I met with the parents of Science Bound students to describe what it takes to be an engineer. We discussed the various types of engineers, the importance of writing, spelling, and communications skills in addition to the typical math and science courses, good study habits and time management, and the importance of being a leader through extracurricular activities.

The meeting wrapped up with a discussion on the commitment required to be successful in the engineering program at Purdue University (ranked 6th in the nation and 26th in the word for engineering schools according to US News and Word Report). Engineering school requires hard studies and every student has to want it/earn it. Getting practical experience during college, through internships and co-op programs, is also a must for the graduating engineer.

Ralph Power is an Owner and Principal at Applied Engineering Services.

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