National Security and Technology Initiative

Through a strategic focus on the systems that keep us safe and secure, we’re fulfilling our duty to assist government and industry in protecting national interests.

The Issue

The U.S. faces complex threats from adversaries engaged in weapons development and deployment, as well as the use of cybertechnologies for intelligence, attacks and global system manipulation.

The Innovation

By solidifying Purdue’s existing strengths in applied research efforts with new investments, we will expand our capabilities to address tomorrow’s greatest national security and technology challenges.

The Investment

Our four strategic areas of investment are hypersonic and space vehicles, energetic materials and systems, cyberphysical security and secure microelectronics.

The Impact

Purdue will lead national centers of excellence with cross-sector participation. Our work will help deliver new, one-of-a-kind research and test facilities to support national security and technology research and education. Additionally, we will produce students with security experience and clearances and add companies, federal labs and startups to Discovery Park District at Purdue.

Key Initial Investments

  • Hypersonic and space vehicles
  • Energetic materials and systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Secure microelectronics

Nearly $11M in additional DOD funds expands Purdue-led microelectronics workforce program

Program is helping develop a next-generation workforce to return the US to global prominence in microelectronics manufacturing

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Explore Purdue’s Next Moves

Each of Purdue’s Next Moves is a natural evolution of the priorities we established for the university in 2013. With the progress we’ve made and the momentum we’ve built, they represent the next phase in this initiative.

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