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“Cummins makes diesel engines and Eaton
makes valve-train components; so they are two
very complementary industry partners that
we get to work with,” said Gregory Shaver, an
associate professor of mechanical engineering
at Purdue, who is leading the work.
The researchers will focus on advanced
concepts such as variable valve actuation,
which enables an engine’s electronic brain
to better control the timing of the intake
and exhaust valves, that could precisely
route air and exhaust gases into and out
of the cylinders. Design changes also could
allow an engine to automatically deactivate
some of its cylinders when not needed,
A new three-way collaboration
among Purdue, Cummins Inc.,
and Eaton will focus on fundamentally redesigning diesel
engines to improve efficiency,
thereby reducing costs and
emissions for the industry
while providing students with
valuable job experience.
The College of Engineering will continue to produce research of global significance and solidly
prepare its graduates to address real-world situations. Our researchers will help solve many
of the world's most crucial challenges, such as energy, sustainability, health care, security,
and many others, as we increase our positive impact throughout the world.
By forging corporate partnerships, we create multiple opportunities. Researchers can test
their ideas in real-world scenarios. Students help with the research and obtain hands-on
learning experiences. And our corporate partners benefit from Purdue expertise. The
following pages illustrate the ways in which these partnerships are addressing some of
today's grand challenges.