2022 Purdue Research Partnerships

Forging alliances to accelerate world-changing impact

In 2022, Purdue joined forces with academic organizations, top-name companies and others to advance critical research and train tomorrow’s workforce. From the development of cutting-edge semiconductors to driving forward the field of advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing, these partnerships drive economic growth by fostering discovery, talent and job creation. In the following highlights, we share Purdue University’s top partnerships and the innovative work happening at the intersection of science and technology.

Microelectronics excellence

Microelectronics research, workforce development and partnerships at Purdue span from first principles to the factory floor. In 2022, Purdue’s pursuit of excellence at scale related to microelectronics helped to launch collaborations, shared research pursuits, and education and training programs.

Design and manufacturing

  • SkyWater Technology announced plans to build a $1.8 billion semiconductor fabrication facility at Purdue. The600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing facility, which includes 100,000 square feet of clean room space, will be located in Discovery Park District at Purdue. It is expected to create more than 750 jobs in five years.
  • Purdue also partnered with MediaTek Inc., a leading global fabless chipmaker, to open the company’s first semiconductor chip design center in the Midwest, to be housed in Discovery Park District at Purdue.
  • Purdue and GlobalFoundries, a worldwide leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, announced a new strategic partnership to strengthen and expand collaboration on semiconductor research and education.

Workforce training and development

  • Purdue joined a 12-member Midwest network to advance domestic semiconductors and microelectronics to develop innovative solutions in higher education to support onshoring of advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industries and to meet their critical research and workforce needs.
  • Purdue and Ivy Tech Community College, the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana and the nation’s largest single accredited statewide community college, will create curriculum and corporate training programs.
  • Purdue and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras will also soon launch a dual-degree master’s program in semiconductors.

Lilly commits $92.5 million to Purdue for innovative pharmaceutical manufacturing scholarship program and extended research collaboration

Lilly’s commitment includes $42.5 million over 10 years to fund pharmaceutical manufacturing scholarships for incoming Purdue undergraduate students, offering 75-100 students each year full tuition with a guaranteed internship or co-op at Lilly and a promise of coordinated interaction with company leaders. Lilly also committed $50 million to extend its existing research collaboration with Purdue for another five years, focusing on genetic medicine, intrathecal delivery and nanoparticle drug delivery.

Purdue, Rolls-Royce sign 10-year, $75 million strategic alliance agreement

In the spring, Purdue and Rolls-Royce signed a research and testing agreement focusing on gas turbine technology and electrical and digital technology. The investment is based primarily at Purdue’s Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories for research in sustainable power systems through advanced technology in electrification, turbines, compressors and combustion with sustainable fuels.

Ascension St. Vincent neighborhood hospital coming to Purdue campus

Purdue and Ascension St. Vincent announced plans earlier this year to build a neighborhood hospital in Discovery Park District at Purdue. The facility will be the first to bring inpatient and emergency care within the city of West Lafayette.

Purdue University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Purdue Global collaborate on partnership with University of Puerto Rico

A collaboration among Purdue, the university’s Polytechnic Institute, Purdue Global and the University of Puerto Rico is aimed at creating novel, innovative academic opportunities to meet current and future workforce needs. Nursing, including the use of precision medicine, is among key areas for the partnership.