Research Foundation News

April 19, 2018

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane enters cooperative research and development agreement with Purdue@WestGate

ODON and CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Purdue Research Foundation at Purdue@WestGate aimed at connecting the division’s unique, leading-edge technical skills and technology with private Indiana companies.

“This CRADA is yet another unique resource for new technology ventures in the state,” said Jason Salstrom, director for Purdue@WestGate. “This CRADA complements the award-winning programming taking place at WestGate by providing access to NSWC Crane’s extraordinary technology resources.”

Salstrom said the CRADA will connect small businesses to Crane’s numerous labs, equipment and expert workforce and will help companies in solving commercial technology challenges.

“This CRADA is unique in that it connects businesses directly to Crane’s expertise in areas such as advanced electronics, human systems integration, sensors and sensor fusion, robotics, system of systems test and evaluation, and power and energy management,”  Salstrom said.

Brooke Pyne, NSWC Crane Technology Transfer (T2) Program manager, said the CRADA will provide opportunities for Indiana’s thriving technology economy.

"The NSWC Crane Technology Transfer program is foundational for building relationships with academia," Pyne said. “The CRADA fosters collaboration of strategically aligned mission needs with a national research institute that rapidly addresses technology advancements that support the warfighter.”

Salstrom said the CRADA is a “fantastic complement” to the agreements Purdue@Westgate has with Crane.

“This will further the robust innovative ecosystem here at WestGate,” he said.

The Purdue Research Foundation promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue University. The PRF is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires property; protects Purdue's intellectual property; and promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue.

About Purdue@WestGate

Purdue@WestGate is an economic development accelerator formed by the partnership between WestGate Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation. The Indiana-based collaboration combines strengths to advance educational, research and development and technology commercialization across Indiana and elsewhere. Purdue@WestGate offers tools for startups, entrepreneurial experts, programs, educational opportunities and workforce development to help southern Indiana businesses grow and thrive. For more information about the resources available to businesses, visit Purdue@WestGate.

About Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

NSWC Crane's Technology Transfer (T2) Program helps link federal research and development to academic institutions and businesses in the private sector. A CRADA provides the formal mechanism between the federal laboratory and partner collaborator. The NSWC Crane T2 program has partnerships with more than 100 businesses, individuals and universities. Currently, there are 100 active CRADAs and 225 active agreements.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi-spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.

Writer: Sarah K. Miller, 812-863-2756,

Sources: Jason Salstrom, 812-863-4080,

Brooke Pyne, 812-854-4823,

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