Strategic Themes

Discovery Park at Purdue University is where ideas converge and knowledge is transferred.

Purdue faculty, students and staff are focused on solving complex global challenges in global health at the nexus of energy, food, water, and the environment.

Interdisciplinary research is accelerated at Discovery Park by leveraging Purdue's strengths in the following areas:

Purdue Core Competencies and Strengths

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  • Advanced Instrumentation
  • Nanotechnology
  • Complex Systems
  • Big Data/Simulation/Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Dimensions

Combining disciplinary strengths with interdisciplinary research is critical to accelerate discovery that addresses pressing global challenges of the 21st century.  

Purdue is a leader in enabling meaningful collaboration and Discovery Park is where talented faculty from multiple disciplines come together to solve problems.

Bringing together Purdue’s vast pool of knowledge enables discoveries leading to life saving innovations and sustainable environment.

Scholars examine the economic and policy implications of changes in our environment and on our health.

A new generation of interdisciplinary talent is fostered as graduate students and undergraduate students work alongside leading investigators in Discovery Park.

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The Big Idea Challenge

To spark additional interdisciplinary research on global challenges, we have launched a program called “The Discovery Park Big Idea Challenge”. The program provides resources to interdisciplinary teams of Purdue faculty and students pursuing bold proposals. These projects position the university as a leader in generating new insights and game-changing, disruptive contributions to solving global challenges in health, security and sustainability, as well as in the enabling science and technology of the digital and nano revolutions.

The path to meeting these goals is long and complex. Although this program cannot provide the full resources required to create the ultimate solution to a global challenge, it is designed to nurture ideas and create opportunities for new and significant external funding—both public and private. At the same time, it charts new pathways to discoveries, innovations, and social and policy solutions, while training the next generation of future interdisciplinary talent.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Our transportation system will likely undergo major transformation in the coming decades as technology allows us to move people and freight in safer and more efficient ways. Autonomous vehicles will be a part of this future, and will have far-reaching societal and political impact that must be understood.

Interdisciplinary teams will be the key to assessing this shift in transportation norms, examining the economics, design, ethics, policies and legalities necessary to enable a more connected and mobile society.

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