List of Centers and Institutes
Currently, there are 123 University approved centers and institutes at Purdue. Each center is developed to fill a particular need.
- Discovery Park centers extend campus infrastructure to the entire University allowing multidisciplinary groups to come together on campus and respond to grand challenges and opportunities.
- Large project centers or institutes, generally funded by an outside agency, are organized around a specific objective and have a natural lifespan.
- Grassroots centers or institutes vary in size and are formed from faculty initiatives; they are frequently funded by the departments.
Centers and institutes are valued and encouraged at Purdue. They create a venue for faculty to come together to solve a common goal. Additional opportunities for joint projects and funding are created as investigators interact.
Director: Lane Yahiro
An interdisciplinary Center that sponsors and facilitates health, exercise, and nutrition research in faculty; technical and leadership skill acquisition in students; and optimal attainable degree of individual well-being. It features models and programs designed to identify and adopt healthy lifestyle interventions applicable to population and individual health risk management issues.
Director: John Mott
Mission of the institute focuses on issues of critical global importance through proven leadership and expertise in aviation. The institute will promote research in multidisciplinary areas of aviation/aerospace, domestic and international policy, management and leadership, and applied engineering-technology integration with significant focus on methodological and analytical techniques.
Director: Timothy D. Ropp
The mission of AMT- I is research, development and deployment of Aerospace and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) technology innovations in air transportation operations. Working collaboratively with Schools and Departments around the university, the Center will produce human-friendly technology solutions to the Aerospace and MRO industryâ€™s most urgent needs, focused around: Operational process/production real time status and visualization; Tracking and authentication of high value parts; Real time operational safety/hazard alerting and control; and Layered, adaptive, amplified technical task data on-demand at the point of operation.
Director: Joseph Irudayaraj
Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park blends life sciences and engineering research to cultivate and support innovative, multi-investigator, interdisciplinary research teams at Purdue University, and whose research and development efforts, in parallel, foster external engagement activities that promote economic development initiatives in the life sciences.
Director: Candace Croney
The mission of the center is to facilitate the well-being of animals through interdisciplinary discovery. learning and engagement. The center will identify welfare challenges, approaches to alleviate them, and education to advance socially responsible decision-making on animal care, management and policy.
Director: Dimitrios Peroulis
The center focuses on applied electromagnetics. This focus has taken the group's research in 3 distinct directions: advanced packaging, integrated sensors, and wireless sensors and radar. The centers objective is to develop a comprehensive approach to RF engineering that will span from electromagnetics to circuits to wave form synthesis to digital processing.
Director: Eileen Luke
CERIS operates and maintains four projects - NPIRS, NAPIS, NPDN, and EXCERPT. These projects are collection of databases, applications, and web sites on pesticide registrations, pest surveys, plant diagnostics, and export regulations and serve as useful tools in aiding agricultural extension services, agricultural regulatory activities, plant bio-security, and agricultural exports.
Director: Sugato Chakravarty
The center provides management development and leadership experiences to motivated sales professionals and post baccalaureate students. The center will provide appropriate research support to qualified faculty proposing research related to executive performance with behavioral and attitudinal factors as well as designing technologically innovative online learning segments.
Director: Shelley M. MacDermid
The Center for Families at Purdue University focuses on improving the quality of life for families and strengthening the capacity of families to provide nurturing environments for their members. To accomplish this, the center works with four important groups whose efforts directly impact quality of life for families: extension educators, human service providers, employers, and policymakers.
Director: Bryan Pijanowski
Mission of the center is to promote research, education and engagement activities related to soundscapes, especially their preservation.
Director: Dominique van der Mensbrugghe
The Center for Global Trade Analysis is the publicly funded, university-based home for GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project), a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. Our purpose is to improve the quality of global economy-wide analysis through education and by developing analytical data bases, economic models, and innovative methodologies.
The CHPB is dedicated to partnering with industry in the development, demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of new technologies and analysis tools for high performance buildings. CHPB is a multi-disciplinary effort involving researchers from Mechanical, Civil (Architectural), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Psychological Sciences. The team has the expertise and unique facilities to consider a wide range of applications related to engineered environments that address numerous important issues in indoor environmental quality, human comfort and productivity, comfort delivery systems, building envelopes, lighting, equipment efficiency and reliability, environmental impact, controls, automation, etc.
Director: Daniel DeLaurentis
The Center seeks to address challenges encountered in managing, integrating, and developing complex systems (vehicles, platforms, humans)and information management for collaboration in systems-of-systems (e.g., missile defense, transportation, network-enabled architectures).
Director: Timothy Fisher
The center objective is to accomplish the rigorous characterization and associated models of transient thermal/power behavior of critical components. The mission is to deliver validated models of varying levels of fidelity for component and system engineering specific to military power systems
Director: Michael A. Brzezinski
Intentional development of interpersonal and professional intercultural competence in Purdue students in partnership with the faculty, staff and community members who support student curricular and co-curricular learning.
Director: Kerry A. Hoffman
The fundamental mission of the center is to provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators that will ultimately ensure all P-12 students are able to read and write independently, providing them with a strong foundation for academic preparation and lifelong learning. The professional development will be based on sound research and will foster further investigations.
Director: Qingyou Han
Mission of the center focuses on conducting interdisciplinary research and education programs to advance commercial material processing technologies and develop new commercial material processing processes.
Director: Ahmed Hassanein
The Center for Materials Under Extreme Environments (CMUXE) is created to study the interactions of high-intensity, modulated energy beams: electromagnetic radiation, plasma, electrons, ions and other particle sources i.e. HEIGHTS simulation package and state of the art experimental devices that include intense particle and laser beams with different characteristics.
Director: Rodrigo Salgado and Monica Prezzi
Mission of the center is to partner with the energy industry and government to solve the industry's most challenging engineering problems through interdisciplinary research with the highest level of rigor and help educate engineers involved in energy infrastructure development, operation and maintenance.
Director: Mitchell Springer
The mission of ProSTAR is to fulfill the Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute's role as a statewide institution and entity of a land grant university to provide education and engagement in applied research for business and industry. ProSTAR, in collaboration with academic entities, provides fully accredited degrees, certificates, courses, and workshops to professionals in industry at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. ProSTAR actively pursues the scholarship of Professional STEM-based Education, it pursues industry-based engagement in applied research, delivers programs through 100% distance, distance-hybrid, on-site, or a combination utilizing applicable industry-specific education mediums. ProSTAR administers academic programs premised on use-inspired basic and pure applied research.
Director: Jessica Huber / Sebastien Heile
CEREBBRAL will leverage strong collaborations between basic and applied scientists to answer big questions about how to improve quality of life, not just extend it, and how to predict disease- and aging-related declines in people with neurological diseases, particularly those that occur in older adults.
Director: Valeria Chapman
The Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion aims to support and highlight the excellent scholarly work on diversity and inclusion happening in the College of Liberal Arts and across the University. CRDI also fosters and facilitates more such innovative research, pushing into new areas looking at old questions in new ways.
Director: Santiago Pujol and Ann C. Catlin
CREEDD is devoted to: the preparation and execution of quantitative post-disaster field reconnaissance and data collection; the curation, preservation and dissemination of disaster data; and experimental and theoretical research in the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering related to earthquake engineering.
Director: Brian C Kelly
The mission of the center is to support research on the social, psychological, and cultural influences of adolescent and young adult behavior in the areas of health, crime, and sexuality.
Director: Andrew P. Tarko
CRS conducts research studies of motor vehicle safety including problem identification, intervention analysis, program outcome assessment, and evaluation of emerging technologies for data collection and management. CRS has been awarded grants from the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and other public and private organizations.
Director: Howard Adler
The Center For The Study Of Lodging Operations provides information relating to lodging operations in all venues, including hotels, timeshares, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast operations.
Provide quality research information related to the lodging field hotels, resorts, time-shares, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast properties.
Director: Yung C. Shin
The mission of the Center is to become a focal point for developing critical or novel technologies in laser-based manufacturing and materials processing, and help private companies in the state of Indiana and surrounding regions to implement new laser applications by transferring developed technologies and pursuing commercialization.
Director: Fenggang Yang,
The Center on Religion and Chinese Society is to advance the social scientific study of religion
in Chinese societies and among the Chinese diasporas. CRCS serves as a bridge between
scholars at Purdue and scholars in other parts of the United States, between Chinese and
American scholars across the Pacific, and between scholars and the public through media,
symposia, lectures, and publications.
Director: Ayman Habib
CE-CAUSE will provide ground-breaking, integrated hardware and software systems to solve a wide range of problems associated with the three-dimensional documentation, monitoring, and evaluation of Civil Engineering Physical and Environmental Infrastructure.
CMSC conducts research and technology development in the fields of composites manufacturing and simulation with the goal of using advanced simulations to replace experimentation for the design and manufacture of composite products. The CMSC will host the Design, Modeling and Simulation Technology Area of the Department of Energy-supported Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a public-private partnership that engages industry, research institutions and state partners to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge and cost-effective manufacturing technologies for polymer composites.
Director: Maureen McCann
Energy is a grand challenge for our society. Petroleum and natural gas supplies have peaked or soon will, and environmental and political issues challenge their use. Purdue's Energy Center is a multi-disciplinary academic community of over 150 researchers drawn from the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Technology, and the School of Management. We are dedicated to developing a portfolio of clean, cost effective energy solutions for our society as we prepare for the eventual transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources.
Director: Laura Theademan
Envision is an ITaP-funded interdisciplinary, high- performance scientific and information visualization facility to support research and teaching at Purdue University. This Center's resources and staff are available to faculty and staff who have a need for scientific and information visualization services and to collaborate on research proposals that have a perceptualization component. facility allows Purdue the opportunity to advance the scientific fields of visualization and perceptualization through research and development of computer graphics hardware and software.
Director: Laurent Couetil
The goals of the ESMC are to pioneer leading-edge research in the area of equine sports medicine, to provide training to future equine veterinarians, to offer continuing education to Indiana veterinarians and horsemen, and to diagnose and treat causes of decreased performance in horses.
Director: Wilella Burgess
ELRC will conduct original research and evaluation pushing the boundaries of our understanding of education and educational best practice while supporting research, education, and engagement projects through expertise in educational theory, research methodology, evaluation, and project management, and partnering with both internal and external stakeholders to enhance accountability, visibility, and reputation.
Director: Marcia Gentry
The mission of the Gifted Education Resource Institute (http://www.purdue.edu/geri) at Purdue University is to promote the holistic development of talented P-16 students. To accomplish this mission, Institute associates *Conduct talent development research *Train professionals from all nations of the world to promote the development of individuals who have gifts and talents *Provide services to talented children and the families
Director: Patricia Davies
The Laboratories, established in 1958, is an institution dedicated to graduate education and engineering research with emphasis on technology transfer to industry. The three main research areas are: Thermal Systems, Noise and Vibration Control, and Electromechanical Systems.
Director: Christopher W. Clifton
ICDS takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving practical problems in a wide variety of database systems and their applications. Several large-scale, multi-year efforts bring research from ICDS and elsewhere to bear on real-world problems giving students training in database development techniques in a much greater depth than is possible in the classroom.
Director: Rick Mattes
The Ingestive Behavior Research Center promotes the integrative, cross-disciplinary study of ingestion, emphasizing thorough analyses of feeding behavior in human and laboratory animal models. These analyses rely on rigorous assessments of the genetic, physiological, nutritional, neural, developmental and environmental determinants of feeding and feeding-related disorders.
Director: Monica Cardella
INSPIRE is a synergistic P-12 Engineering research and learning institute established to help educators investigate how students learn and to instill a desire in students to study engineering from elementary through high school. The goal is to increase the numbers and diversity of students majoring in engineering disciplines at the university level.
Director: Dan DeLaurentis
The I-GSDI will help Purdue become the preeminent university in security and defense innovation by converging and catalyzing Purdue's interdisciplinary resources to bring responsive and transformative solutions to the most pressing security and defense challenges facing the nation and the world.
Director: Stephen Elliott
The mission for the center is to provide new and innovative solutions for improving biometric sensor and algorithm performance. This will be accomplished by continuing development of the Human Biometric Sensor Interaction model in mobile frameworks, testing and evaluating biometric products for industry and government agencies, developing standards for the use of these technologies throughout the world, and developing innovative performance metrics.
Director: Monica Allain
The Indo-US Joint Networked Centre focuses on the discovery and development of nanomaterials with application to energy technologies. The overarching objective is to provide new synergy between efforts in India and the US whereby partners with complementary expertise and interests will be addressing global energy challenges particularly to renewable and sustainable approaches.
Director: Cynthia Stauffacher
The structure group at Purdue is currently recognized as an outstanding international center for the study of viruses, enzymes and signaling proteins, membrane proteins, and nucleic acids by x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and computational biology.
Director: Srinivas Peeta
NEXTRANS is an interdisciplinary transportation center that seeks to foster a new generation of paradigms and a highly qualified workforce that can develop innovative and integrated solutions for mobility, safety, and infrastructure renewal with a special emphasis on intermodal freight transportation and logistics to address regional needs and economic opportunities. It is the U.S. Department of Transportation's Region V Regional University Transportation Center (UTC). In this capacity, it will enable the coordination of transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs with regional needs and initiatives.
Director: Shimon Y. Nof
The PRISM Center's general purpose is the investigation, development, and experimentation of how to apply computer intelligence and decision technologies to most effectively improve the performance and quality of industrial systems. Current focus: Collaborative e-Work, e-Service, Collaborative Control Theory.
PGRN (Purdue Global Research Network) integrates affiliated labs worldwide.
Director: Ed Morrison
The mission of PASL will be to operate as a virtual lab to design and deliver new approaches to understanding and practicing strategy in open, loosely connected networks. The intention is to transform curricula, accelerate multidisciplinary collaborations of researchers, and strengthen the university's engagement activities with companies, government agencies, and civic organizations.
Director: Philip Low
The Center for Drug Discovery focuses on improving the quality of life for people around the world by engaging in the discovery of new drugs across disciplines and institutions, translating basic research into clinical applications, educating the next generation of researchers in drug discovery and commercializing innovations for the marketplace.
Director: Kevin Trumble
PCMC conducts interdisciplinary research and education programs to advance commercial metal casting practice and develop new commercial solidification processes. The Center couples a broad spectrum of experimental capabilities with advanced computational modeling of microstructure development during solidification. Strong emphasis is placed on the education of students and industry partners.
Director: Wojciech Szpankowski
The Purdue Institute for the Science of Information advances a comprehensive science of information, offering a wealth of societal benefits in diverse engineering, scientific, and social applications. We integrate research and teaching activities that investigate information from all angles: from the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of information to the science and engineering of novel substrates, biological networks, chemistry, communication networks, economics, physics, and complex social systems.
Director: William Watson
To provide support for implementing, designing and developing serious games and virtual environments for learning; to encourage collaboration across Purdue and with K-12 schools, and to establish a foundation for securing funding and conducting research at Purdue on the use of serious games and virtual learning environments in education.
Director: Michael Manfra
The center will focus on emergent phenomena brought about by unusual topology in condensed matter systems. The mission is to foster internal collaboration focused on elucidating the role of topology in condensed matter systems, to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of the latest developments in condensed matter physics and provide a crucial link to the larger research community outside of Purdue, and to leverage existing strengths at Purdue to compete nationally for large-scale funding opportunities
Director: Jeffrey Dukes
The PCCRC is a faculty-led, university-based research center on the campus of Purdue University. The Center serves to increase scientific and public understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change through fundamental research and effective education and outreach.
Director: Dan Hirleman
Through interdisciplinary research, data-driven policy analysis, education, and outreach, PPRI's mission is to bridge the gaps in understanding among the academic and policy-making communities and the public, and position PPRI to be a great resource for our state, nation, and the world.
Director: Richard Voyles
The mission of this center is to leverage the existing strengths of the many colleges within Purdue that foster robotics expertise to achieve greater international acclaim, greater scholarly success, greater student achievement, and greater commercial impact in the areas of co-robots (robots that work symbiotically with humans), for healthcare, manufacturing and agriculture.
Director: Liping A. Cai
The center serves communities, tourism organizations, and businesses with practical and up-to-date expertise and skills. It also assists in advancing the discipline of tourism and hospitality through basic and applied research dealing with issues at both local and global levels.
Director: David S. Ebert
PURVAC performs fundamental and applied research in visual representations of complex, time-varying, heterogeneous data to enable visual analysis, decision making, and rapid action, addressing key research needs for homeland security, emergency management and response, healthcare management and monitoring, mobile analytics, and scientific discovery.
Director: Sabine Brunswicker
The center will investigate and answer fundamental questions related to the principles, practices, policies and infrastructures that determine the social and technical dimensions of this complex innovation system. The research will establish both empirical evidence and theoretical explanations that will both illuminate and shape Open Digital Innovation.
Director: Stephen Heister
The center works on technologies pertinent to gas turbine propulsion systems required for high-speed flight. Fuel thermal management, fuel/air heat exchangers, endothermic fuels, and supercritical fuel injection are current areas of emphasis.
Director: Douglas J. Gotham
SUFG forecasts electricity consumption, prices, and new resource needs for Indiana in addition to examining the impacts of various issues on the electricity industry. It also produces an annual study of renewable resources for the Indiana General Assembly and performs analyses involving Indiana's various energy industries, including electricity, natural gas, and coal.
Director: Atsushi Fukada
The Center is committed to research in problems in language learning and development of technology-based solutions to the problems. It is also committed to disseminating and sharing research results and developed products through a variety of channels for the betterment of the field of foreign language education.