Defense Innovation

Purdue is advancing a broad defense innovation capability, distinguished by its depth, breadth, and speed, with the goal of contributing to our nation’s third offset strategy of innovation by integration of existing strengths and forming new partnerships. The depth in quality and creativity of Purdue research centers is, and will remain, our strongest asset. The breadth responds to the need expressed by multiple DoD customers for a ‘total package’: new, integrated solutions (technologies, transition), new talent (graduates highly trained in relevant problems), and new modes of knowledge access (personnel exchange, training, distance education). The speed refers to the critical need for our national defense enterprise to realize fruits of innovation more rapidly, from breakthrough ideas to applied R&D to commercialization and application. The speed aspect of this approach will be enabled by the award-winning entrepreneurship and technology translation system at Purdue (e.g. Foundry, Deliberate Innovation For Faculty [DIFF] program, Office of Technology Licensing, Purdue Research Foundation Aerospace District, etc.).

Purdue University researchers conducted over $40M of sponsored research in the 2014-2015 academic year and, in doing so, educated hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students in cutting edge technologies. Some of these students are active duty military officers at Purdue through the PMRI. World class people and facilities, many of them resident in Purdue's Discovery Park, generate a potent combination that advances the mission of all services and agencies of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. Read about some Success Stories, key research capabilities, and partnerships on these pages. Several of these growing centers and thrusts were started and nurtured under Purdue's Institute for Defense Innovation (IDI) led by John Bray Distinguished Professor Byron Pipes.

Purdue has a dedicated organization in place to manage defense related research that falls under export control regulations or is classified at the DoD Secret level.

Please engage with the points of contact listed for the various initiatives or centers listed in these pages; for general inquiries, please contact Dan DeLaurentis, Purdue's President's Fellow for Defense Initiatives under the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

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