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Research is an important part of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research, and provide opportunities for graduate students as well as undergraduates. Cutting-edge research and state-of- the-art facilities help prepare our students to answer the grand challenges facing the aerospace industry in the future.

Rolls Royce and Purdue: Strategic partnership for jet engine design

Rolls-Royce and Purdue University will combine resources to form a $33 million jet-engine research and development program to create next-generation aircraft propulsion systems.

"It is a badge of pride for Purdue University to be selected by one of the world's truly great research and manufacturing companies for a partnership," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "There is no more fitting or prestigious first step for the university's Aerospace District, which we imagine is a big piece of Purdue's future."

Rolls-Royce already employs nearly 600 Purdue alumni, making it a strong recruiter of Purdue graduates.

"Research and development in jet engines is an important objective for Rolls-Royce as we strive to create jet engines that are more energy-efficient and can perform even more effectively," said Phil Burkholder, president of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace, North America. "Purdue has always been a great partner with Rolls-Royce and I am confident that our collaborative research will result in strong long-term advances in jet engine development."

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