in·no·va·tion [ˌinəˈvāSH(ə)n]
NOUN
  1. The pursuit of new or different ideas introduced into use or practice that have a positive impact on society.
making [mey-king]
VERB
  1. A prototyping experience to produce physical things that integrate electronics, software, networking, and sensors.
  2. Viewed through a lens of merging digital and physical aspects toward building smart products and user experiences.

Purdue Engineering has long possessed strong competencies in design, making, entrepreneurship, and systems. Building on our strengths, we are connecting these efforts to form targeted research, educational experiences, and credentials. Our engineers apply their insight to promote ideas to prototypes - and ultimately adoption and implementation – to address contemporary and future challenges.

Founded on a scaffold of design, the Innovation and Making Initiative will provide a means to organize and realize the convergence of disciplines required to achieve impact in efforts to address the world’s complex challenges. Effectively, it’s effort will drive research-derived insights and a community of scholars and practitioners that enhance the linkage between the problem solving stages of problem framing, research, fluent idea generation, modeling/making/ manufacturing, tradeoff evaluation and selection, communication, testing, implementation and scaling (entrepreneurial activities) and help involved stakeholders integrate inputs from multiple fields.

This vision highlights the convergence between the technical disciplines of engineering, functional disciplines of innovation science (innovation, making, entrepreneurship), and critical contributions from other fields of study required to successfully navigate from exploration to impact.

To this end, the Purdue Engineering Initiative (PEI) in innovation and making will help students, faculty, and sponsors navigate the vast innovation and making resources of the college of engineering, and campus more broadly, to achieve tangible impact.