About Us

As a world-class research institute, and a top-rated Engineering School, Purdue University is uniquely suited to develop innovations that can help alleviate poverty, protect the planet, and promote prosperity for all. The Shah Lab under Global Engineering Program and Partnerships, fosters and sustains a vibrant community of faculty, staff, and students working with domestic and international partners to address socio-economic challenges based on engineering innovations and market-driven approaches. Our initiatives comprise research, design, adaptation, and field-testing of appropriate technologies and services that have a strong scaling potential in form of solutions for energy access, healthcare, water and sanitation, labor-saving innovations, and disaster/humanitarian response.

The Shah Family Global Innovation Lab was founded to convene and catalyze consortia matching world-class capability with the most pressing global challenges. In the words of Leah H. Jamieson, The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, “The Global Innovation Lab captures the essence of the Purdue Engineering Strategic Plan: students effective in a global context, research of global significance, empowering our people, enriching our culture, expanding our notion of community to include not only our role in the state, but in the global community.” For more details, please see our 2-page summary and 4-minute video.

Our Mission

To utilize our engineering and research strength to support sustainable development goals, by working in partnership with non-profits, industry stakeholders, education & research institutes and community groups around the world.

To ultimately contribute towards creating large scale sustained impact by translating our research and innovations into affordable solutions and services, evidence-based methodologies and entrepreneurial ventures advancing social justice.

To utilize such opportunities of working with groups in the emerging world as learning opportunities both is terms of research questions and as avenues of for personal growth in such multi-cultural environment.

At a Glance

  • 24 projects/research funded
  • 36 faculty members engaged from across Purdue
  • 42 Students engaged through projects
  • 10 Countries footprint through partnerships across projects