Peraton expands research and innovation center at Purdue Applied Research Institute

Peraton executives recently visited Purdue University and met with leaders of the Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI). Front row from left: Josephine Micallef, vice president of cyber and network systems at Peraton; Greg Caufman, senior director for university relations and recruiting at Peraton; and Kevin Massey, chief operating officer at PARI. Back row from left: Mark Adams, vice president of technology and engineering at Peraton; Dannie Stanley, senior research scientist at Peraton; and Adam Nichols, lead associate research scientist at Peraton.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Peraton of Reston, Virginia, has signed an agreement with the Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI) to expand its West Lafayette Research and Innovation Center, moving from its current location to PARI facilities as Peraton expands its national security research.

The move addresses growing mission needs and leverages local talent, PARI and Peraton representatives said in a Jan. 22 statement. PARI extends the reach and impact of Purdue University through state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for applied research, development and technology transition.

“A strong community of innovators and problem solvers is part of the PARI DNA,” said PARI’s Chief Operations Officer Kevin Massey. “It is exciting to have a nationally recognized leader in research such as Peraton working side by side with PARI staff in a PARI facility. It makes us both stronger through daily collaboration and sharing of ideas. We look forward to growing this partnership and jointly solving some of the nation’s most pressing problems.”

“We are excited to expand our presence in the West Lafayette area and build on our long-standing relationship with Purdue,” said Chris Valentino, chief innovation officer who leads Peraton’s Strategic Innovation Group, which includes the West Lafayette Research and Innovation Center. “Leveraging the strong local talent pool and our connections with Purdue University enables us to meet expanding opportunities for mission-critical research and development and accelerate the pace and breadth of our work addressing national security challenges.”

The center conducts applied research and development in cyber, networking, operations and quantum technologies with deep expertise in cyber defense, network virtualization, critical infrastructure protection, exploration and assessment of emerging cyber threats, and networking technologies and operations from architecture and protocols to network control and service management. Peraton’s Strategic Innovation Group provides thought leadership, creates differentiation and connects value streams from basic and applied research and development to innovative solutions that meet its customers’ needs.

PARI is a nonprofit entity that harnesses Purdue’s deep research strengths and top-ranked academic programs in engineering, agriculture, science and technology to improve national security, global development, infrastructure solutions and critical technology development and fielding. Through applied research and program personnel, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, PARI enhances the translation of discoveries into innovative solutions and services for mission-oriented government, industry, nongovernment organizations and foundation partners.


PARI: Evamarie Socha

Peraton: Lynelle Haugabrook