Microsoft, Purdue collaborate to advance quantum computing

That's the forecast of Michael Manfra, Purdue University's Bill and Dee O'Brien Chair Professor of Physics and Astronomy, professor of materials engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, on a new long-term enhanced collaboration between Purdue and Microsoft Corp. to build a robust and scalable quantum computer by producing what scientists call a "topological qubit."

Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted that Purdue was home to the first computer science department in the United States, and says this partnership and Manfra's work places the university at the forefront of quantum computing.

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Commencement speaker to grads: ‘Live your dream, love your world, laugh out loud’

Alumnus GV Sanjay Reddy spoke during Purdue University’s winter commencement on Sunday (Dec. 16, 2016)

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View the video of the commencement address given by GV Sanjay Reddy

Support the Indian Emerging Scholar Fund

In 2016, Purdue alumnus Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director of TVS Motors, created the Indian Emerging Scholar Fund in order to attract high-achieving prospective undergraduate students from India to Purdue.

The selection process is overseen by the dean of international programs at Purdue. The Indian Emerging Scholar Fund currently offers a limited number of one-time scholarships. Scholarship offers are made in March and awardees have until May 1 to accept offers. Scholarships are awarded in rupees in August to an Indian bank account after the awardee arrives on campus and commences his/her first semester at Purdue.

If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please visit for more details.

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Inaugural Chintakindi L. (C.L.) and Sita C. Amba-Rao Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to Amritha Prasad, who is the inaugural recipient of the Chintakindi L. (C.L.) and Sita C. Amba-Rao Fellowship. Amritha will join the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University as a PhD student this fall. She is currently an engineer at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Amritha has been working on designing and developing embedded software for launch vehicle control applications at VSSC for the last five years. Amritha graduated from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in 2011 with a B. Tech in Avionics. She is also a National Talent Search (NTSE) Scholar, one of the most prestigious and selective merit awards in India. She plays chess and badminton, enjoys music and loves to travel. Welcome to the boilermaker community, Amritha!

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