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Discovery Park enhances interdisciplinary research in primary
of study represented by the following Centers: Birck Nanotechnology
Center, Bindley Bioscience Center, e-Enterprise Center, Center
for Advanced Manufacturing, and Discovery Learning Center. Collaboration
of faculty across research disciplines enhances their efforts and
provides students with substantial experience with working in teams.
A sixth center, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, integrates
management research and educational efforts to develop a greater
spirit of entrepreneurship among Purdue faculty and students. The
initial funding of Discovery Park by Lilly Endowment allows Purdue
faculty to attract financial support from other sources so that
the impact is much greater not only in Indiana but throughout the
The mission of Discovery Park is to provide Purdue University
with facilities, leadership, and systems that transcend traditional
academic boundaries, fostering an innovative interdisciplinary
environment for learning, discovery, and engagement that leads
to intellectual excitement, scientific achievement, and economic
growth and opportunities.
The vision of Discovery Park is for it to serve as a model for
facilitating interdisciplinary endeavors and to be recognized
for its people and their vibrant, progressive approach to discovery
and learning. Their
innovative interdisciplinary efforts will lead science, shape
and engage industry, change the way people work, and improve
the quality of life. Since its inception, Discovery Park has
leveraged resources to secure $72.6 million in extramural funding
for programs and projects. Funding has been awarded by Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense, Environmental
Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Indiana
21st Century Research and
Technology Fund, Regenstrief Foundation, and the Indiana Proteomics
Consortium. Discovery Park will attract new businesses to Indiana,
increase the number of jobs, and create opportunities for Indiana
citizens. Eight start-up companies have been launched by the faculty
members associated with Discovery Park. Construction of the Burton
D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship was completed in June 2004.
Construction of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and the Bindley Bioscience
Center is well under way and will be completed by summer 2005.
EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Sciences Business Plan Competition
Center for Advanced Manufacturing
(CAM) — "Interfacing
Academic Research and Applied Needs of Manufacturing"
Aeronautics and Space Administration project titled "Institute
for Nanoelectronics and Computing"
National Science Foundation
project titled "Network for
National Aeronautics Space
Administration project titled "Minimizing
Equivalent Mass of a Regenerative Life-support Systems by Optimizing
Kinetics and Energetics of Major Bio-transportations"
Century Research and Technology Fund project titled "Center
for Computational Homeland Security"
21st Century Research
and Technology Fund project titled "Discovery-to-Delivery
of Pharmaceuticals: Safely and Efficiently Using Advanced Analytical
and Informatics Technologies"
Regenstrief Foundation project
titled "Regenstrief Center
for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue"
Management (PLM) Center of Excellence — "Fusing
the Talents of Engineering, Management, Science, and Technology"
of the Provost