Mr. Cole Davis
School of Materials Engineering
BS Materials Engineering, Purdue University (expected May 2018)
Project: characterization of suspension polymerized SAP hydrogels for internally cured concrete
Bio: Cole grew up just north-east of Purdue in Columbia City where he attended Columbia City High School. After graduation, Cole attended Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) where he pursued a degree in chemistry. During his stay at IPFW, Cole conducted research for the chemistry department under Dr. Columbia. Cole’s project was to separate Gum Arabic into two components using HPLC, characterize the components through FT-IR and analyze the data using Principal Component Analysis. While he enjoyed his studies of chemistry at IPFW, Cole also wanted to incorporate engineering into his degree. After searching for a new career path, Cole came across the MSE department at Purdue and transferred into the program. Since then, he has joined Dr. Erk’s SMMG and is working on SAP hydrogel size characterization. In the future, Cole plans to attend graduate school for MSE and continue studying polymeric materials. In his spare time, Cole enjoys creating artwork, woodworking, playing sports and racing motocross.