Centers of Excellence

Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT)


ASCENT is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment. ASCENT works to create science-based solutions for the aviation industry’s biggest challenges.

Center for Integrated Systems in Aerospace (CISA)


CISA research is focused upon the development of foundational theories, methods and tools for addressing challenges characterized as system-of-systems.

Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center (CMSC)


CMSC develops a comprehensive set of simulation tools that connect composites from their birth in manufacturing to their lifetime prediction and advance the certification of composite products by analysis validated by experiments.

Consortium on Lyophilization/Freeze-Drying (LyoHUB)


LyoHUB works to develop a technology roadmap for making critical and transformative advances in key areas that will significantly increase the competitiveness of advanced manufacturers using lyophilization techniques.

FAA Consortium on Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR II)


NEXTOR II is the eight-university FAA Consortium in Aviation Operations Research contracted by the Federal Aviation Administration to support research on a wide range of aviation topics.

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)


IACMI, a public-private partnership, validates manufacturing technologies that respond to private industry’s need for faster and more cost, material and energy-efficient composite manufacturing, including recycling at the end of product life.

Institute of Global Security and Defense Innovation (i-GSDI)


i-GSDI provides cross-cutting research capabilities to Purdue’s strength and core competences in STEM, advanced instrumentation, nanotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, big data/simulation/cyber security, entrepreneurship and complex systems.

Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS)


PEGASAS is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation. The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility and sustainability.