Research Focus

Research Focus

The vision of Purdue Engineering's research enterprise is to expand the realm of knowledge, achieve innovative engineering solutions, and define new frontiers for scientific investigation across engineering and its related disciplines.

Our key strategies for achieving this vision involve pursuing multidisciplinary opportunities with other universities and colleges; engaging industry and state and federal governments; encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship; and connecting with our core academic mission by promoting discovery-based learning.

The metrics used for measuring our progress include extramural funding (cash and in-kind), nationally visible engineering research center projects, undergraduate student participation in research, and number of inventions and resulting patents. We have made substantial progress based on all these metrics, and this progress enhances our research and helps to improve the college's overall ranking.

Enhancing Extramural Research Support

Extramural cash support for research in the form of grants, contracts, and gifts to the college - including Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Computer Science, and our involvement in Purdue's Discovery Park - has grown by 50 percent over the last five years. This growth comes after a relatively stagnant period in the preceding several years, as shown, which summarizes the extramural in - kind and cash research support for the college.

Approximately 20 percent of the college’s research awards in 2005-06 were in Discovery Park. From 2000 to 2005, cash and in-kind support grew by 75 percent thanks to a large software gift from a single corporation. In 2006, this gift did not exist, leading to a $32 million decrement in the in-kind gift support. However, the story really resides in the steady and continuous growth in extramural cash support for research, representing a 50 percent increase in cash awards over five years. This growth was one of the few parameters that contributed to a significant gain in the college’s U.S. News and World Report rankings over the last five years.

Purdue Engineering Research Funding