Engagement is the act of partnership — forming bridges and bonds that connect and strengthen both parties. Purdue works around the world in partnership with individuals, universities, corporations and foundations in an effort to advance the greater good.
Drving a Win-Win Relationship
$15 million — that’s the annual cost savings to Indiana taxpayers from just one project led by the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) at Purdue University.
This project implemented Purdue research that involves recycling about 600,000 tons of asphalt annually. The Recycling Milled Pavement project is one of dozens of recent high-impact projects conducted by students, staff and faculty associated with JTRP.
In addition to work on projects that save Hoosier taxpayers millions of dollars each year, JTRP works to improve overall transportation systems in Indiana. JTRP facilitates collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), higher education institutions and industry to implement innovations that result in continuous improvement in the planning, design, construction, operation and economic efficiency of our transportation infrastructure.
“The collaboration between JTRP and our INDOT colleagues has been a win-win relationship,” says James Sturdevant, director of the INDOT Traffic Management Division. “Students have an opportunity to engage with my staff and colleagues on applied problems and our staff participates in concurrent implementation of their research, which leads to some outstanding professional development and capacity building for INDOT colleagues.”