Purdue research: what’s in it for you?

Published November 2017

If you use anything with a computer brain in it, have had to get an injection — or breathe — Purdue research is destined to have an effect on you.

Quantum leap in computing

As impressive as they are, today’s computers have limitations. Thanks to a Purdue-Microsoft Corp. partnership, the vision of a powerful and scalable quantum computer is in sharp focus. Using Microsoft’s multimillion-dollar investment, Purdue, home to the nation’s first computer science department, researchers will study ultra-pure semiconductors, and hybrid systems of semiconductors and superconductors, all to facilitate quantum computing.

‘Mom, do I have to get a shot?’

Because Eli Lilly and Co. is partnering with Purdue, Mom’s answer to that question may be “no” more often. Part of Lilly’s five-year, $52 million agreement with Purdue is aimed not only at figuring out better ways to administer medicines that we now inject, but also forecasting the success of a medicine and predicting the risks of drug discovery.

Let’s breathe freely

Yet another Purdue partnership with Rolls-Royce envisions cleaner air along with more efficient jet engines. With plans to invest $33 million through 2020, Rolls-Royce is funding research that promises to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for next-generation jet engines.

But wait! There’s more.

Just this summer, Infosys added its name to the list of Purdue-research funders. Purdue will team up with Infosys on research into data analytics, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Further, it will provide courses and training for many of the company’s 10,000 U.S. employees, including 2,000 planned hires in Indiana.

So, what gives?

Purdue’s multimillion-dollar partnerships have increased at an accelerated rate because University leaders have enabled the growth. They have gone out of their way to make it easier for research sponsors to find Purdue studies that they need and want to support. A new partnerships office pairs outside research needs with ongoing or future research projects at Purdue. The result has been successive years of record-setting sponsored research funding. Funding of $418.3 million in fiscal year 2017 broke the previous year’s record by $15.3 million.

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