Purdue research hitting the market at high speed

Published August 2017

Learning at Purdue University is as much about creating and unearthing new knowledge as it is interpreting and explaining knowledge that exists. The latest data show that Purdue's determination to discover world-changing technologies — and move them to market — has never been stronger or more productive.

For calendar year 2016, Purdue ranked 12th in the world for patent generation with 123 patents and 135 licenses based on 222 novel technologies.

Despite uncertainty about the future of federal research funding, research and commercialization work at Purdue is expanding. The university continues to build on three consecutive years of record-breaking performances in startup and commercialization activities that culminated with 27 startups from July 2015 to July 2016.

And the surge is picking up speed. In the first half of 2017 alone, Purdue announced several new research initiatives that will enrich Purdue's education mission while benefiting industry and society with new technologies. Among the initiatives:

  • Workforce Development. This five-year agreement with Infosys, a top global provider of business consulting and IT services, will support development of the U.S. technology workforce — including 2,000 workers in Indiana. It also will contribute millions of dollars of joint research innovation in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data analytics, among several other areas.
  • Life Science Research. Building on a strong collaborative history, Purdue and Eli Lilly and Company are engaged in a five-year agreement that marks Purdue's largest strategic collaboration with a single company. Lilly will provide up to $52 million to support new health care technologies.
  • Quantum Computing. Capable of prompting “a revolution in computing,” the extension and expansion of a long-term collaboration between Purdue and Microsoft Corp. will build a robust and scalable quantum computer. The leap forward in raw computing power this work could achieve would be similar to that of the silicon chip.
  • Commercializing New Technologies. WestGate Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Purdue and the Purdue Research Foundation will combine strengths to advance educational, research and development, and technology commercialization across Indiana and elsewhere.
  • Next-Generation Jet Engines. This $24 million project funded jointly by Rolls-Royce and the state of Indiana, will advance turbine aerodynamic and heat-transfer technologies for jet engines. The advances made will further strengthen Indiana's leadership position in the aerospace industry and bolster a long, productive history between Rolls-Royce and Purdue.