Biodegradable Styrofoam replacement wins Student Soybean Innovation Competition

A biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic, soy-based foam, called StyroSoy, earned the $20,000 grand prize in the 29th annual Student Soybean Innovation Competition during a program at the Purdue Memorial Union in West Lafayette, Ind., on Wednesday evening. Two Purdue Univesity Colombian students are part of the winning team.

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Colombian artist's work exhibition at Purdue

March 27 through May 6, 2023

Location: Purdue Ringel Gallery

Colombian artist Carlos Castro’s work invites conversation about reframing constructed narratives in public spaces. Read more here

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Purdue Colombia Language Forum

March 3, 2023

Meeting Modality: Hybrid

Location: Sala Nader, Sede Central. 9:00 AM (Universidad de Caldas, Colombia)


Sponsored by:

School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University
Department of Linguistics, Purdue University
Purdue Colombia Partnership, Purdue University
Department of Linguistics and Literatures, University of Caldas

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Purdue Polytechnic Research Colloquium
Supporting and Sustaining Professional Development in Computational Thinking: A Four-Year Case Study in Colombia

WHEN: October 28, 2022 12:00-1:00pm

Camilo Vieira, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
Universidad del Norte (UniNorte; Barranquilla-Colombia)

Dr. Vieira will present the lessons learned from a four-year iterative evaluation of an ongoing national effort to integrate Computational Thinking (CT) across the Colombian k-12 education system using a gender lens. He will discuss how this project has iteratively evolved, the project outcomes, and the lessons learned from this process. This project is made possible thanks to an alliance between the Colombian Ministry of Technology, the Colombian Ministry of Education, and the British Council Colombia.

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Purdue names new dean for Polytechnic Institute


Daniel Castro-Lacouture, a professor and administrator at Georgia Institute of Technology, will be the new dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, effective June 1. Castro-Lacouture, currently a Georgia Tech professor of building construction and executive director of the professional master’s program in occupational safety and health, was assistant professor of civil engineering at Ohio University before joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 2006. He served as chair of the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech for more than 11 years.

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Meet The Colombian Hunting For Parasites To Fight Crop Parasites


Colombian biologist Paula Andrea Gomez-Zapata is searching for an ecofriendly alternative to chemicals to protect crops like coffee from devastating fungal infections: other fungi that infect those parasites. Gomez-Zapata, a PhD student at the Aime lab at Purdue University, says that a hyperparasite is a parasite whose host is another parasite. "For example, rust fungi are parasites of plants, but other fungi are parasites to the rust: hyperparasites," she says.

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Flexible materials and 3D printing – the next generation of additive manufacturing


The application of traditional manufacturing processes, such as casting and roll-to-roll processes, to the creation of soft actuators can be time-consuming and expensive, and limits the variable geometries that can be used in the production of these complex structures. David Gonzalez Rodriguez, post-doctoral researcher with the School of Engineering Technology in Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, aims to address that challenge by studying the creation of 3D-printed flexible structures that can function as soft actuators.

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Honoring Juan Rafael Cárdenas


 Dr. Juan Rafael Cárdenas Gutiérrez leaves a rich legacy of integrity and enduring contributions as a businessman, entrepreneur, engineer, civic leader, and a pioneer in education, including co-founding universities in Colombia and as an early adopter of the Colombia Purdue Partnership (CPP).

 Dr. Cárdenas was executive vice president at Coltabaco, one of the largest conglomerates in Colombia at the time, where he was a driver in growing company investments in the Andean region. Through his steadfast support as a board member of an equity company, it evolved into manufacturing consumer products in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia with leadership positions in each market. His inspirational demeanor helped forge success throughout various other ventures during an impressive 53-year career with the conglomerate.

 Liliana Gómez, director of Purdue Colombia Inc. in Medellín, said, “Dr. Cárdenas will be greatly missed within the Colombia-Purdue community and fondly remembered for his pioneering spirit, kindness, intellect, and passionate encouragement and partnerships to advance education throughout Colombia.” “At the CPP, we will be eternally grateful for his wisdom, friendship and ongoing support throughout the years, and he will be warmly remembered,” said Juan Diego Velásquez, managing director of the Colombia Purdue Partnership, based in West Lafayette, Indiana.

 Dr. Cárdenas died October 19, 2020 in Medellín, Colombia, at the age of 89.

You can find a remembrance in the following link.

Covid Sensors

Researchers with the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Disease are developing a Covid-19 diagnostic test. Ana Ulloa a second-year doctoral student in Materials Science Engineering holds up an unfinished sensor. Ana works in a lab in the Birck Nanotechnology Center to print and develop sensors. 

Covid Sensors

Purdue University to participate in COLFUTURO Connect virtual fair

The Colombia Purdue Partnership invites you to visit our virtual booth during the COLFUTURO Connect virtual fair. This event will take place Saturday, November 7, from 14:00 - 18:00. Visit us to speak privately with our representatives who can give you instant answers to all your questions. 

Please register with the following link.


Colombian students' web series confronts possible future without coffee

July 27, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Six students from the Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia and their advisors have partnered with Purdue University researchers to raise awareness of the various threats facing Colombian coffee farmers – from climate change to poverty and the disinterest of young people toward remaining in rural areas.

 Colombian students' web series confronts possible future without coffee

Purdue receives recognition by Chronicle of Higher Education for Fulbright Scholars - Two professors visit Colombia

February 10, 2020

Lori Hoagland and Michael Gribskov are currently at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia. Hoagland, associate professor of horticulture, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture, calls her project “A Participatory Approach to Conserving Soil Biodiversity and Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Development in Colombia.” Gribskov, professor of biological sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, will explore “Genomics and Metagenomics in Colombia.”

 Purdue receives recognition by Chronicle of Higher Education for Fulbright Scholars - Two professors visit Colombia

Risky business: Frogs’ mating calls also attract predators - A Research by Colombian Professor, Dr. Ximena Bernal

November 11, 2019

In the túngara frog — a tiny native of Middle, Central and South America — disease, predation and communication are intricately intertwined. Parasites are transmitted by frog-biting flies called midges, which find their way to frogs by “intercepting” their mating calls. Male frogs need to call to attract females, but in a catch-22, this also alerts predators of their whereabouts.

 Risky business: Frogs’ mating calls also attract predators - A Research by Colombian Professor, Dr. Ximena Bernal

Purdue Engineering Visit Launches "New Chapter" of Colombia Collaboration

October 31, 2019

A four-city visit to Colombia by a top-level Purdue Engineering delegation strengthened the long-standing and growing strategic partnership between the Purdue College of Engineering and Colombia’s people and institutions. From Oct. 20-23, Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, and Purdue colleagues hosted 12 events that enabled them to broaden and deepen relationships with hundreds of university, government, corporate and philanthropy leaders and students, alumni and friends.

 Purdue Engineering Visit Launches "New Chapter" of Colombia Collaboration


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