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A multi-disciplinary network of Purdue faculty members and organizations are affiliated with the Colombia-Purdue Institute. The summaries at the bottom of this page provides you with an overview of our affiliated organizations, and the following links will help you identify potential collaborators in your research area.

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Purdue Colleges and Schools

Purdue College of Engineering - is ranked among the top 10 engineering programs in the nation and is dedicated to engineering solutions to the grand challenges of the 21st century.

  • School of Aeronautics and Astronautics -  Known as the “Cradle of Astronauts,” the AAE program has graduated 14 of Purdue’s 22 astronauts, including the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and continues its tradition of excellence with research to solve the difficult challenges of air and space travel.
  • Agriculture and Biological Engineering - The Agriculture and Biological Engineering department at Purdue focuses on finding solutions for renewable energy and natural resources and is the top ranked graduate program in the nation, and the undergraduate program is ranked third.
  • Biomedical Engineering - The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering moved into the top 10 schools in the nation in 2008 and has produced over 100 active U.S. patents since the department was established in 1998.
  • Chemical Engineering - Celebrating its 100th year at the University, the School of Chemical Engineering is home to five faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering - Ranked in the top 5 programs in the nation for its graduate and undergraduate work, Purdue’s Civil Engineering program has seen significant increases in students and research awards over the last two years.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering - The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the largest departments in the nation with over 80 faculty members, about 900 undergraduate students and 650 graduate students, and conducts more research than any other school or department at Purdue.
  • Engineering Education - The School of Engineering Education at Purdue is home to the first PhD program in engineering education, as well as the INSPIRE program, geared toward sound P-12 engineering education in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Industrial Engineering - Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering is ranked in the top 5 IE schools and focuses research on human factors, operations research and production systems.
  • Materials Engineering - Purdue’s School of Materials Engineering is ranked in the top 20 materials engineering schools in the nation and provides innovative research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Mechanical Engineering -The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue is ranked in the top 10 and is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious graduate programs, with distinguished faculty who participate in research and application from traumatic spinal injury to the recent oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Nuclear Engineering - Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering is ranked 12th in the nation’s top programs and prides itself on the outstanding record of accomplishments and innovations the school has achieved.

College of Science - Featuring several distinguished professors including a recent Nobel laureate, the College of Science is home to seven academic departments from Biological Sciences to Statistics and achieves its mission by providing quality education and the scientific leadership necessary to reach the highest level of excellence.

College of Agriculture - Widely known as one of the top agriculture programs in the nation, Purdue’s College of Agriculture utilizes state-of-the-art facilities and international programs to conduct research to solve the array of problems facing the world of agriculture in the 21st century.

College of Health and Human Sciences - The College of Health and Human Sciences was launched on July 1, 2010 and is made of nine different units, ranging from Health Sciences, Health and Kinesiology, and Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences.

Engineering Programs

  • Engineering Professional Education - The Engineering Professional Education program brings professional engineers from all over the world together to continue their education through distance learning and collaboration.
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering - Launched in 2006, the field of EEE is evolving rapidly. Through 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment opportunities for EEE’s will increase “much faster than average.”
  • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) - In an effort to assist students and the community, Purdue founded EPICS in 1995, which partners undergraduate students with the local community to utilize real systems to solve engineering-based problems at the local level.
  • First-Year Engineering Program - The First-Year Engineering Program at Purdue provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to ensure the student pursues the right field of engineering for them. This program is also offered in an Honors Program that offers a broader array of course selection, including mentoring opportunities for others in the engineering program.
  • Global Engineering Program - Purdue’s Global Engineering Program uses an interdisciplinary approach by bringing together students from multiple fields in science and engineering to raise global awareness of Purdue students and increase Purdue’s global humanitarian impact.
  • Professional Practice (Co-Op) Program - Purdue’s Co-Op program blends traditional academic learning experiences with real-world application of a student’s knowledge by pairing a student with an employer, giving them the opportunity to experience the professional atmosphere while taking part in a traditional college curriculum.
  • The Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) - LORRE serves as an integrative center for biotechnology and engineering by engaging research in bioenergy, bioprocessing, bioproducts, bionanotechnology, and biorecovery.
  • Nano-HUB - An interactive Web site, Nano-HUB makes scientific simulations, seminars, interactive courses and other specialized nanotech materials available to the scientific community and beyond.

Buildings at Discovery Park

Discovery Park - Discovery Park is a large-scale interdisciplinary research effort at Purdue, now joined by universities such as Harvard and Cornell, to bring innovation to challenging fields such as alternative energy, health care, global competitiveness, cancer and the environment.

  • Bindley Bioscience Center - Bindley Bioscience Center brings together experts in life sciences to meet the challenges of health and disease research in an effort to have a high impact on society through work with diet and disease prevention, disease biomarkers, nanomedicine and  other pressing issues facing today’s society.
  • Birk Nanotechnology Center - Featuring over 22,000 square feet of laboratory space, as well as a 25,000 square foot nanofabrication cleanroom, the Birk Nanotechnology Center is the heart of nanotech research at Purdue, with labs specialized for nanophotonics, crystal growth, bio-nanotechnology, and many other topics in the field.
  • Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship - The Burton D Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship fosters understanding and application of entrepreneurship with faculty and students by sponsoring competitions, programs and initiatives that encourages economic growth and realization.
  • Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) - The DLRC uses specifically designed spaces and technology for research and partnerships focused on K-12 and higher education to improve the competence of students in STEM-related programs and disciplines.

Centers Within Discovery Park

  • Oncological Sciences Center (OSC) - The OSC at Purdue uses state-of-the-art technology, outstanding faculty researchers and an interdisciplinary approach to translate cancer-related discoveries into effective clinical practice.
  • Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) - The RCHE utilizes principles of engineering, management and science to transform the health care industry into a service capable of providing optimal quality and cost-effective care for all persons in need.
  • Cyber Center (CC) - The Cyber Center at Purdue manages a complex and effective cyber infrastructure that benefits basic research throughout the campus by enabling successful communication between the many areas of research across Purdue.
  • Center for the Environment (C4E) - The C4E at Purdue conducts strong interdisciplinary research about sustainable futures, technologies for cleaner air, soil and water, and other fields in an effort to enhance environmental integrity with enlightened stewardship to expand economic development and improved quality of life.
  • The Energy Center - The Energy Center utilizes global partnerships and facilitates high-impact, multidisciplinary research in the fields of advanced ground vehicle power, bioenergy, clean coal, and other pressing energy issues to ensure a secure energy future in the United States and abroad.
  • Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) - PCCRC pursues research in context to how global scale climate change translates into the local and regional scale changes, especially its effect on human priorities, and ways to mitigate the actions that lead to increased climate change.
  • Purdue Water Community - The Purdue Water Community facilitates water-related research, teaching and engagement to improve and sustain human and ecosystem health by utilizing multiple disciplines and methodologies to enhance collaboration and optimize community impact.
  • George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEEShub) - Following a $105 million award by the National Science Foundation, Discovery Park’s Cyber Center serves as the hub for NEES, connecting 14 NEES research equipment sites and the engineering community through groundbreaking cyberinfrastructure, education and outreach efforts.
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) - The NCN’s goal is to advance the field of computational nanotechnology by developing the understanding, approaches, and simulation tools that will allow engineers to design new nanoelectronic and NEMS technologies by connecting experiment, theory and computation in new and innovative ways.
  • NNSA Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity, and Survivability (PRISM) - By utilizing advances in nanoscale science and engineering, PRISM creates innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence and health in order to understand why micro-eletro-mechanical systems (MEMS) fail, as well as how to improve their performance.
  • Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) - Funded by the US Department of Energy, C3Bio conducts high-risk, high-reward research on the future deployment of advanced liquid transportation fuels by utilizing advances in catalysis, nanotechnology, and the engineering faculty and students at Purdue.
  • NEXTRANS - Established following an award from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, NEXTRANS serves as a multidisciplinary center for transportation research, education and technology transfer in order to solve transportation problems by capturing the interactions between the vehicle, driver and the infrastructure.
  • Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE) - VACCINE is dedicated to creating methods and tools to analyze and convert vast amounts of information into manageable data for homeland security personnel.
  • Indiana CTSI - CTSI brings together research from Purdue University, Indiana University, and University of Notre Dame to increase translational biomedical research and improve the health of people in Indiana and beyond.  

Purdue Administrative Support

  • Purdue Graduate School - Purdue University’s graduate school hosts over 100 degree programs, many of which are ranked among the top programs in the nation, and prepares students for the workforce through professional preparation and outstanding research opportunities.
  • Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) - OVPR assists Purdue faculty in the development of research and education proposals, grant writing and coordination assistance for large research proposals, connecting researchers from multiple disciplines across the university, and provides funding resources, tools and publications in order to further research initiatives and success at Purdue.
  • Office of the Provost - The Office of the Provost works with faculty, staff and students to provide positive learning and research environments, as well as connect various educational disciplines across communities in Indiana, the United States, and the world.
  • Purdue Research Park - Purdue Research Parks are located throughout Indiana and serve as a center for small businesses and companies operating in the areas of life sciences, homeland security, engineering, advanced manufacturing, and information technology to encourage economic growth through networking in a pool of highly skilled labor.