Catapulting Research to International Preeminence
- Strong leadership
- Promise of transformative impact
- Promise of preeminence
- Potential for collaboration
- Potential for diverse sources of research funding
- Contribution to the education enterprise
- Contribution to innovation and entrepreneurship
- Leveraging of existing strengths and infrastructure
History of Preeminent Teams
We held the first preeminent teams competition in fall 2013. Mirroring the energy, responsiveness, and agility of the entrepreneurial world, 32 teams competed in a public process akin to an entrepreneur’s pitch to venture capitalists. Four teams were selected to receive a strategic investment of faculty lines, resources, and space
From 2003 to 2013, Purdue Engineering organized much of its faculty hiring and research around signature areas — multidisciplinary initiatives that cut across Purdue’s engineering and related disciplines. These signature areas have addressed, and continue to address, priorities and exciting opportunities for field-defining research, educational innovation, and intellectual property spin-offs.
The signature-area model has evolved. While Preeminent Teams may be multidisciplinary, for example, it is not a requirement.