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Currently, there are 114 University approved centers and institutes at Purdue. Each center is developed to fill a particular need.
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.
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.
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.
The Purdue Genomics Core Facility provides low-throughput, high-throughput and next generation DNA sequencing, Affymetrix GeneChip, colony picking, library duplication, rearraying and filter printing services on a recharge basis.
Denver Lopp and David Stanley
The mission is to help researchers quickly develop and assist industry in quickly bringing to market effective, alternative aviation/aerospace fuels and components.
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.
A Discovery Park center that provides scientific equipment, specialized laboratories, a nanofabrication cleanroom, offices, technical staff, and administrative support for nanotechnology research.
BDMCE aims to catalyze entrepreneurship and commercialization across the Purdue University community through interdisciplinary education, networking, and business assistance programs. A particular focus is to spur
The center's mission is to research, develop, and implement exemplary programs in mathematics and science, develop effective instructional materials and strategies, and disseminate information related to the improvement of education in mathematics and science.
R. Graham Cooks
The intent of the Center is to bring together scientists and engineers interested in large scale projects involving innovation and development of analytical instrumentation, as well as its commercialization.
Dr. Gabriela C. Weaver
The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a multi-institutional collaborative effort designed to address major barriers to providing research experiences to younger undergraduate science students.
The Center for Catalyst Design (CCD) at Purdue University is focused on the development of new catalysts for a variety of chemical processes. The CCD is a cross-disciplinary team of researchers with broad expertise in catalysis, surface science, inorganic chemistry, materials science, molecular and process modeling, process systems engineering, and modern informatics methods. The CCD houses facilities for catalyst preparation, characterization, and an infrastructure for data archiving, information management, large scale computing, data visualization.
CCTR was created by act of the Indiana legislature to sponsor research on the environmentally responsible use of Indiana coal
CCED is the community outreach arm of Purdue's Landscape Architecture Program whose mission is to facilitate improvement in the quality of the physical environment through research, design and education related to community and environmental design and development.
Dr. Alok Chaturvedi
To accelerate the creation, validation and implementation of knowledge and tools for sustainable homeland security through the use of a Synthetic Environment for Computational Experimentation.
The center will maximize the energy and carbon efficiencies of biofuel production by the rational and synergistic design of physical and chemical conversion processes and the biomass itself.
Eugene H. Spafford
To advance the knowledge and practice of information assurance and security through world-class research, the highest quality education, and by serving as an unbiased source of information.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Dr. Ed Pajor
The mission of the center is to advance the understanding of interactions between food animal productivity and well-being to enable a scientific and public policy climate which promotes animal well-being and supports economically viable food animal production systems.
Lisa J. Mauer
The Center for Food Safety Engineering is a 5 School multidisciplinary effort that focuses on developing detection technology and control measures for foodborne pathogens.
Mission of center is to the development of comprehensive intervention strategies to control and reduce the incidence and severity of infectious diseases in humans and animals world-wide. The center will focus on 6 research areas that include vaccines, vectors, pathogenesis, therapeutics, diagnostics and modeling.
Mission of the center is to promote research, education and engagement activities related to soundscapes, especially their preservation.
Terrie L. Walmsley
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 CISE will develop and apply new tools for the analysis of the response of materials and systems of interest to the DoD, including biological materials, to impact and blast events.
The Center for Integrated Food Manufacturing (ciFM) is an interdisciplinary team that conducts fundamental and applied research leading to improved food manufacturing through process engineering and advanced technology. In addition, the center provides educational workshops on processing and technology tailored to the food industry. New in 2008, the ciFM laboratory is now ISO 17025 certified and EHEDG authorized as a hygienic equipment design test institute.
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).
Resource center to promote innovations in education, research and outreach programs that enhances competitiveness of US business in global markets
The center carries out combined experimental and theoretical studies on laser-based micro and nano scale manufacturing and materials processing.
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.
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.
Srinivasan (Chandy) Chandrasekar
The Center conducts research and development activities in Advanced Manufacturing, Nanostructured Materials for Structural and Mechanical Applications, Micro-Systems and Friction and Wear Phenomena.
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.
The center maintains a database on world crops and breeding programs on apple and arugula. The database includes information on projects such as, Hoosier Botanicals, PRI Apple Disease Resistant Breeding program, History of Horticulture and plant images.
The Center for Nursing History, Ethics, and Human Rights promotes leadership and advocacy by Purdue University nursing students and interdisciplinary students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community through learning, discovery, and engagement in historical, ethical, and human rights issues influencing health care in the twenty-first century.
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.
The Center for Paralysis Research was founded to both develop and test promising methods of treatment for spinal cord injuries, stroke and head trauma. The center is dedicated to research new treatments and to intervene in acute injuries.
Provide high quality instruction in the area of selling and sales management and to promote selling and sales management as a professional career through leadership, scholarship and involvement
The mission of this center in fulfilling the College of Technology's role as a statewide institution and entity of a land grant university is to provide education and engage in applied research for business and industry. This center will provide degrees, certificates, courses, and workshops to professionals in industry at the local, state, regional, and national levels and coordinate industry-based applied research in the College of Technology. The courses would be delivered on campus, by distance, on site, or a combination. An administrative structure will be created to manage all professional education and facilitate applied research efforts in the College.
To support regional and multi-jurisdictional approaches to problem solving throughout Indiana via applied research and education and by convening and nurturing dialogue and action.
Dr. S. Laurel Weldon
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.
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.
Kevin T. McNamara
Center for applied research on issues of importance to rural Indiana.
Yeong E. Kim
The purpose of this center is for academic research, reference, and education in sensing science and technology focused on the identification of hazardous materials.
The Center's mission is to develop the intellectual and technological capabilities and the social awareness needed to enhance quality of life through enlightened environmental stewardship.
Alan M. Beck
The center was established to study the human-animal relationship and to communicate its findings to scientists and public. It fosters interdisciplinary activities in Purdue University.
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.
Gary W. Bennett
Develops research, teaching and extension programs that focus on the protection of health, property and food supplies.
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.
Dr. Vahid Motevalli
The Center of Technology Development aims to use advance technology development through innovation in applied research and engineering and provide a close linkage between discovery and cost-effective product driven industry needs.
Kenneth F. Ferraro
CALC supports research and graduate education on aging and the life course, with emphasis on longitudinal methods and interdisciplinary collaboration.
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: Dr. Wei Hong
Confucius Institute at Purdue University is to promote understanding of China by initiating and fostering Chinese language and cultural programs in the areas of business, global engineering, community outreach and K-12 education.
Suresh V. Garimella
A National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center investigating compact, high-performance cooling technologies
Corey K Gerber
The Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center is designed to provide a real world environment where agriculturists can sharpen their crop problem troubleshooting skills and evaluate new and alternative crop and pest management strategies.
Cyberinfrastructure is a nationally important initiative that describes new opportunities to develop the underlying infrastructure necessary to support and accelerate the changing nature of discovery.
Industry-University research collaboration focused on making an interdisciplinary, basic science approach, the foundation of graduate pharmaceutical education for the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutical products
The center's mission is to promote and enhance manufacturing management(DCMME) and global supply chain management (GSCMI) via learning/education, discovery/research, and Industry/Firm engagement.
Through externally funded research projects, innovative programs, and collaborative partnerships, the Discovery Learning Center addresses a fundamental global challenge: transformative research in learning, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related disciplines.
D. Scott Brandt
To investigate and resolve curation issues of facilitating access to, preservation of, and archiving for data and data sets in complex and distributed environments.
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.
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.
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.
The Food Processing Environmental Assistance Center is committed to developing and promoting innovative strategies that achieve better environmental results, reduce costs, and promote environmental stewardship throughout the Food Processing Industry. The goal of the Center is to become a primary provider of environmental information, resources, and training to assist small and medium sized food processors in achieving environmental compliance and stewardship.
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
Charles H. Michler
The center develops genetic, molecular, and tissue culture technologies and forest and nursery management guidelines for improvement of central hardwood forest productivity.
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.
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.
Gordon L. Coppoc
Provides first two years of medical education to IUSM medical students; Budget item listed is contract spent through Purdue. Purdue also receives tuition money for each student (Amt varies with number and residency status of students ~$270,000 not included below). External expenditures amount is from IUSM report of in preparation for 2008-2009 budget. Carry forward is not included.
The IWRRC mission is to coordinate the resources of Indiana's universities, state agencies, and industries to resolve problems associated with water resources management, use, and preservation of quality.
The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) 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.
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.
Information is the basic commodity of our era. We propose a new interdisciplinary Purdue Institute for the Science of Information to advance 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.
Suzanne Nielsen and Bruce Hamaker
The mission of the Center is to become a global leader by increasing food availability and expand markets for local food crops by reducing raw commodity losses and developing high-value, market competitive processed products.
Dr. Phillip J. VanFossen
The Center focus is on providing programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities.
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.
Darcy M. Bullock
The JTRP conducts research in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), focusing on making basic studies of material used in highways along with other major thrusts.
A multidisciplinary research laboratory established in 1966 and internationally known for research efforts relating to remote sensing and geographic information systems. Brief history at: http://www.lars.purdue.edu/home/LARSHistory.html
Michael R. Ladisch
Integrative Center for Biotechnology and Engineering that carries out multi-disciplinary research and fundamental discovery in bioenergy, bioprocessing, bionanotechnology, bioproducts, and biorecovery.
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.
Dr. Mamoru Ishii
The Mitsubishi Center for Thermal-Hydraulics aims to provide the technical support to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)in acquiring necessary data, developing new or improved physical models, and performing numerical simulations for various thermal-hydraulic phenomena of importance to MHI.
NNSA PRISM's mission is to accelerate substantially the development of MEMS technologies for civilian and defense applications as well as to significantly improve the understanding of long-term reliability of MEMS and survivability in harsh environments.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Jan Olek
The NCSC performs research, communication, technology transfer, equipment/protocol evaluations and training related to hot mix asphalt. It is a partnership between state DOT's and the asphalt industry in nine states in the North Central region.
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative by designing, constructing, deploying, and operating a national cyber-resource for nanotechnology theory, modeling, and simulation. Its mission is embodied in nanoHUB.org.
Marietta L. Harrison
Mission: to eliminate cancer as a cause of suffering and death by synergizing and applying the internationally recognized strengths of Purdue University in biological, chemical, engineering and human behavioral sciences to the cancer problem.
This is an emerging field, which combines knowledge of human perception and response with physical models and objective measurements to allow the next level of design for quality.
The Center promotes the advancement of PLM science and education through discovery, learning, and engagement.
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.
Sandra F. Amass
The National Biosecurity Resource Center is dedicated to providing educational and resource opportunities for the protection and sustainment of the health and wellbeing of our companion animals, livestock, and food supply.
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.
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.
The Center for Systems Integrity develops and transitions the capability to design, monitor, and improve the "health" of engineered systems for the defense and commercial sectors in all stages of the life cycle and at all scales of the system structure. Research in micro-sensors, system health monitoring, and system of systems modeling and simulation is being conducted.
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.
DEC is focused on Product Lifecycle Management and Product Realization through applied research and engagement.
To accelerate the creation, validation and implementation of knowledge and tools for e-Business through the use of a Synthetic Environments for Analysis and Simulation (SEAS).
Electron microscopy is concentrated primarily in four clusters on the West Lafayette campus, and the Consortium coordinates planning, purchasing, training and maintenance activities among them. These facilities support of order 75 faculty and 200 graduate students across multiple Colleges and Schools. The coordination leads to increase opportunities for attracting external support and maximized quality research output.
Aggressively grow interdisciplinary research to develop future leaders and inform policy that will enhance Homeland Defense and Security.
Olin E. Rhodes Jr
The PICES mission is to be the premier center of excellence dealing with issues of ecological sustainability in human-dominated landscapes by integrating the processes of discovery, learning and engagement across disciplinary boundaries. The primary research focus of PICES is on the conservation, management, and sustainability of natural resources in human-dominated landscapes.
Established in 1983, the Purdue Retail Institute (PRI) serves as the bridge between external organizations seeking retail-related educational and research resources and Purdue University 's outstanding retail management program.
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.
Karl V. Wood
The Center provides research groups with access to mass spectrometric analytical capabilities located throughout campus as well as the corresponding problem-solving expertise needed to use them.
Timothy L. Ratliff
The center is committed to helping cancer patients by identifying new molecular targets and designing new agents and drugs for effectively detecting and treating cancer. We are committed to the elimination of cancer as a cause of suffering and death.
J. Paul Robinson
The Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories (PUCL) is a state-of-the-art laboratory focused on advanced Cytomics including biological imaging, bioengineering & biotechnology.
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.
Connie M. Weaver
The center promotes interdisciplinary botanicals research for prevention of age-related diseases,provides infrastructure and catalysts, communicates findings to public, medical community, and provides trainings about this research.
The Center focuses on applying the principles of engineering, management and science to improve healthcare delivery.
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.
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.
The TRC serves as a focal point for students and faculty in the Purdue University Teacher
Education Program, facilitating the development of future-looking educational materials and
approaches. The center serves as a library for book and equipment checkout, as well as IT
instructional facility for pre-service teachers. The center is a designated Indiana State Textbook
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.
Bruce R. Hamaker
In partnership with industrial sponsors, the Center searches for understandings of structure-function relationships of starched hydrocolloids, and low-molecular-weight carbohydrates through application of leading-edge technology.
Dr. Connie Weaver
This institute will help improve the health of women globally through research and training.