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Full List of Campus-wide Institutes and Centers

Currently, there are 133 University approved institutes and centers at Purdue. Each center is developed to fill a particular need.

  • The Institutes and Centers at Discovery Park District extend campus infrastructure to the entire University allowing multidisciplinary groups to come together on campus and respond to grand challenges and opportunities.
  • Large project centers or institutes, generally funded by an outside agency, are organized around a specific objective and have a natural lifespan.
  • Grassroots centers or institutes vary in size and are formed from faculty initiatives; they are frequently funded by the departments.

Institutes and centers are valued and encouraged at Purdue. They create a venue for faculty to come together to solve a common goal. Additional opportunities for joint projects and funding are created as investigators interact.

A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition (ISMAIL)

Director: Lane Yahiro

The fitness center has aerobic and resistance machines that can be programmed to research protocols and capture exercise data. Also available are dumbbells, cable station, and balance equipment for researchers to train and test subjects. Fitness assessment labs house a metabolic cart, ECG, treadmill, and and other equipment to assess body composition, muscular endurance and strength, and flexibility. Trained and certified Ismail Center staff can assist researchers.


Advanced Aviation Analytics Institute for Research (A3IR-CORE)

Director: John Mott

Mission of the institute focuses on issues of critical global importance through proven leadership and expertise in aviation. The institute will promote research in multidisciplinary areas of aviation/aerospace, domestic and international policy, management and leadership, and applied engineering-technology integration with significant focus on methodological and analytical techniques.


Advanced Lyophilization Technology Hub (LyoHub)

Director: Alina Alexeenko / Elizabeth Topp

LyoHub's goal is to advance the science and technology of freeze-drying/lyophilization; the objectives are to identify and disseminate Best Practice for lyophilization equipment performance, testing and validation and to conduct applied research to advanced lyophilization processes and products.


Aerospace and MRO Technology Innovation Center (AMT-I)

Director: Timothy D. Ropp

The mission of AMT- I is research, development and deployment of Aerospace and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) technology innovations in air transportation operations. Working collaboratively with Schools and Departments around the university, the Center will produce human-friendly technology solutions to the Aerospace and MRO industry's most urgent needs, focused around: Operational process/production real time status and visualization; Tracking and authentication of high value parts; Real time operational safety/hazard alerting and control; and Layered, adaptive, amplified technical task data on-demand at the point of operation.


Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability (AirTIES)

Director: David Stanley

The mission is to help researchers quickly develop and assist industry in quickly bringing to market effective, alternative aviation/aerospace fuels and components.


Bindley Bioscience Center (BBC)

Director: Ramaswamy Subramanian
Additional Contact: Natasha Nikolaidis, Center Operations Manager

Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park blends life sciences and engineering research to cultivate and support innovative, multi-investigator, interdisciplinary research teams at Purdue University, and whose research and development efforts, in parallel, foster external engagement activities that promote economic development initiatives in the life sciences.


Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science Center (BIRSC)

Director: Kari Clase

The mission of the center is to develop global programs to ensure sustainable access to medicines for Africa and developing nations, and to advance discovery in manufacturing technology, quality of medicines, and rare disease research.


Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC)

Director: Zhihong Chen, Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director, Birck Nanotechnology Center and Professor of Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Additional Contact: Ron Reger, Engineering Manager

A Discovery Park District center that provides scientific equipment, specialized laboratories, a nanofabrication cleanroom, offices, technical staff, and administrative support for nanotechnology research.


Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (BDMCE)

Director: Greg Deason
Additional Contact: Arnold Chen, Managing Director

BDMCE aims to catalyze entrepreneurship and commercialization across the Purdue University community through interdisciplinary education, networking, and business assistance programs.


Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALyST)

Director: Lynn Bryan

The center's mission is to research, develop, and implement exemplary programs in mathematics and science, develop effective instructional materials and strategies, and disseminate information related to the improvement of education in mathematics and science.


Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development (CAID)

Director: R. Graham Cooks

The intent of the Center is to bring together scientists and engineers interested in large scale projects involving innovation and development of analytical instrumentation, as well as its commercialization.


Center for Animal Welfare Science (CAWS)

Director: Candace Croney

The mission of the center is to facilitate the well-being of animals through interdisciplinary discovery. learning and engagement. The center will identify welfare challenges, approaches to alleviate them, and education to advance socially responsible decision-making on animal care, management and policy.


Center for Brain Inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence (C-BRIC)

Director: Kaushik Roy
Additional Contact: Anand Raghunathan, Associate Director

C-BRIC's mission is to deliver key advances in cognitive computing, with the goal of enabling a new generation of autonomous intelligent systems such as self-flying drones and interactive personal robots. C-BRIC will co-develop the next generation neuro-inspired algorithms and theory, neuromorphic computing fabrics and distributed intelligence.


Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement (CCSE)

Director: Robert X Browning
Additional Contact: Andrea Langrish, Managing Director

The mission of CCSE is to develop and enhance research and engagement activities using the C-SPAN Video Library and to demonstrate to scholars from a wide range of fields at Purdue and around the country how to use the C-SPAN Video Library in course instruction, and research. The C-SPAN Video Library is a multimethodological research resource with searchable, downloadable data available in video, audio, and text formats.


Center for Community and Environment Design (CCED)

Director: Sean Rotar

CCED is the community outreach arm of our Landscape Architecture Program whose mission is to facilitate improvement in the quality of the physical environment through research, design and education related to community and environmental design and development.


Center for Comparative Translational Research (CTR)

Director: Gert J. Breur

The center mission is to facilitate, coordinate and stimulate comparative translational discovery, learning, and engagement efforts within the College od Veterinary Medicine and Purdue University.


Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)

Director: Maureen McCann

The center will maximize the energy and carbon efficiencies of biofuel production by the rational and synergistic design of physical and chemical conversion processes and the biomass itself.


Center for Early Learning (CEL)

Director: Doran C. French
Additional Contact: Sara Schmitt, Co-Director

The Center for Early Learning focuses on research, evaluation, and curricular activities pertaining to early childhood education.

Center for Education & Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Director: Dongyan Xu
Additional Contact: Joel Rasmus, Managing Director

To advance the knowledge and practice of information assurance and security through world-class research, the highest quality education, and by serving as an unbiased source of information.


Center for Electronic Defense Systems (CEDS)

Director: Dimitrios Peroulis

The center focuses on applied electromagnetics. This focus has taken the group's research in 3 distinct directions: advanced packaging, integrated sensors, and wireless sensors and radar. The centers objective is to develop a comprehensive approach to RF engineering that will span from electromagnetics to circuits to wave form synthesis to digital processing.

Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS)

Director: Eileen Luke

CERIS operates and maintains four projects - NPIRS, NAPIS, NPDN, and EXCERPT. These projects are collection of databases, applications, and web sites on pesticide registrations, pest surveys, plant diagnostics, and export regulations and serve as useful tools in aiding agricultural extension services, agricultural regulatory activities, plant bio-security, and agricultural exports.


Center for Families at Purdue University (CFF)

Director: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

The Center for Families at Purdue University focuses on improving the quality of life for families and strengthening the capacity of families to provide nurturing environments for their members. To accomplish this, the center works with four important groups whose efforts directly impact quality of life for families: extension educators, human service providers, employers, and policymakers.


Center for Food Safety Engineering (CFSE)

Director: Lisa J. Mauer

The Center for Food Safety Engineering is a 5 School multidisciplinary effort that focuses on developing detection technology and control measures for foodborne pathogens.


Center for Global Soundscapes at Purdue (CGS)

Director: Bryan Pijanowski

Mission of the center is to promote research, education and engagement activities related to soundscapes, especially their preservation.


Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP)

Director: Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

The Center for Global Trade Analysis is the publicly funded, university-based home for GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project), a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. Our purpose is to improve the quality of global economy-wide analysis through education and by developing analytical data bases, economic models, and innovative methodologies.


Center for Global Urban Sustainability:Ensuring Sustainable Health Among Underserved (CGUS-ESHAUS)

Director: Sandra S. Liu

The mission of the center is managing urbanism to match its science. The CGUS-ESHAUS emphasizes translation of scientific discoveries by empirical applications for sustainable green living as a lifestyle.


Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB)

Director: Jim Braun, Herrick Professor of Engineering

The CHPB is dedicated to partnering with industry in the development, demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of new technologies and analysis tools for high performance buildings. CHPB is a multi-disciplinary effort involving researchers from Mechanical, Civil (Architectural), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Psychological Sciences. The team has the expertise and unique facilities to consider a wide range of applications related to engineered environments that address numerous important issues in indoor environmental quality, human comfort and productivity, comfort delivery systems, building envelopes, lighting, equipment efficiency and reliability, environmental impact, controls, automation, etc.


Center for Implantable Devices (CID)

Director: Pedro Irazoqui

Mission of the center is to maximize the clinical impact of the centers work by closely working with clinicians and industrial partners to guide research activities.


Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)

Director: Fabio Ribeiro

CISTAR's vision is to create a transformative engineering system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller modular, local, and highly networked processing plants.


Center for Integrated Systems in Aerospace (ISA)

Director: Daniel DeLaurentis

The Center seeks to address challenges encountered in managing, integrating, and developing complex systems (vehicles, platforms, humans)and information management for collaboration in systems-of-systems (e.g., missile defense, transportation, network-enabled architectures).

Center for Integrated Thermal Management of Aerospace Vehicles (CITMAV)

Director: Timothy Fisher

The center objective is to accomplish the rigorous characterization and associated models of transient thermal/power behavior of critical components. The mission is to deliver validated models of varying levels of fidelity for component and system engineering specific to military power systems


Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentoring, Assessment and Research (CILMAR)

Director: Michael A. Brzezinski

Intentional development of interpersonal and professional intercultural competence in Purdue students in partnership with the faculty, staff and community members who support student curricular and co-curricular learning.


Center for Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR)

Director: Kerry A. Hoffman

The fundamental mission of the center is to provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators that will ultimately ensure all P-12 students are able to read and write independently, providing them with a strong foundation for academic preparation and lifelong learning. The professional development will be based on sound research and will foster further investigations.


Center for Materials Processing and Tribology (CMPT)

Director: Srinivasan (Chandy) Chandrasekar

The Center conducts research and development activities in Advanced Manufacturing, Nanostructured Materials for Structural and Mechanical Applications, Micro-Systems and Friction and Wear Phenomena.


Center for Materials Under Extreme Environments (CMUXE)

Director: Ahmed Hassanein

The Center for Materials Under Extreme Environments (CMUXE) is created to study the interactions of high-intensity, modulated energy beams: electromagnetic radiation, plasma, electrons, ions and other particle sources i.e. HEIGHTS simulation package and state of the art experimental devices that include intense particle and laser beams with different characteristics.


Center for New Crops and Plant Products (NewCROP)

Director: Jules Janick

The center maintains a database on world crops and breeding programs on apple and arugula. The database includes information on projects such as Hoosier Botanicals, PRI Apple Disease Resistant Breeding program, History of Horticulture and plant images.


Center for Offshore and Energy Engineering (COFFEE)

Director: Rodrigo Salgado and Monica Prezzi

Mission of the center is to partner with the energy industry and government to solve the industry's most challenging engineering problems through interdisciplinary research with the highest level of rigor and help educate engineers involved in energy infrastructure development, operation and maintenance.


Center for Paralysis Research (CPR)

Director: Richard Borgens

The Center for Paralysis Research was founded to both develop and test promising methods of treatment for spinal cord injuries, stroke and head trauma. The center is dedicated to research new treatments and to intervene in acute injuries.


Center for Particulate Processes and Products (CP3)

Director: Carl Wassgren

The center will be a world leading research center for the manufacture of particulate products including foods, consumer goods, specialty chemicals, agricultural chemicals, pharmacuetical and energetic materials.


Center for Plant Biology (PCPB)

Director: Clint Chapple

To enhance graduate training in the basic plant sciences and to support the research of participating members through collaboration, mentoring, and discussion.


Center for PRedictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED)

Director: Gerhard Klimeck
Additional Contact: Lynn Zentner, Managing Director

The mission of the center is to develop unique software and computational modeling capabilities that will revolutionize the design of products, devices and systems.


Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (PROSTAR)

Director: Mitchell Springer

The mission of ProSTAR is to fulfill the Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute's role as a statewide institution and entity of a land grant university to provide education and engagement in applied research for business and industry. ProSTAR, in collaboration with academic entities, provides fully accredited degrees, certificates, courses, and workshops to professionals in industry at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. ProSTAR actively pursues the scholarship of Professional STEM-based Education, it pursues industry-based engagement in applied research, delivers programs through 100% distance, distance-hybrid, on-site, or a combination utilizing applicable industry-specific education mediums. ProSTAR administers academic programs premised on use-inspired basic and pure applied research.


Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security (CRANS)

Director: Jason T. Harris
Additional Contact: Robert Bean, Associate Director

CRANS will engender opportunities to establish deeper and more effective partnerships between academia, government, and industry to address formidable challenges in the field of nuclear security.


Center for Regional Development (PCRD)

Director: Lionel J. "Bo" Beaulieu

To support regional and multi-jurisdictional approaches to problem solving throughout Indiana via applied research and education and by convening and nurturing dialogue and action.


Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL)

Director: Jessica Huber / Sebastien Heile

CEREBBRAL will leverage strong collaborations between basic and applied scientists to answer big questions about how to improve quality of life, not just extend it, and how to predict disease- and aging-related declines in people with neurological diseases, particularly those that occur in older adults.


Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion (CRDI)

Director: Valeria Chapman

The Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion aims to support and highlight the excellent scholarly work on diversity and inclusion happening in the College of Liberal Arts and across the University. CRDI also fosters and facilitates more such innovative research, pushing into new areas looking at old questions in new ways.


Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Data Management (CREEDD)

Director: Santiago Pujol and Ann C. Catlin

CREEDD is devoted to: the preparation and execution of quantitative post-disaster field reconnaissance and data collection; the curation, preservation and dissemination of disaster data; and experimental and theoretical research in the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering related to earthquake engineering.


Center for Research on Young Peoples Health (CRYPH)

Director: Brian C Kelly

The mission of the center is to support research on the social, psychological, and cultural influences of adolescent and young adult behavior in the areas of health, crime, and sexuality.


Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems, and Processes (CRISP)

Director: Saurabh Bagchi

CRISP provides scientific methods to analyze the failure modes of a variety of critical infrastructures and provides engineering tools to systematically incorporate resilience. The Center will develop techniques that apply broadly across multiple domains to complement existing domain-specific techniques. Initial focus areas will be resilient and adaptive cyberinfrastructure, resilient cyber-physical systems, and the scientific foundations of resilient socio-technical systems.


Center for Road Safety (CRS)

Director: Andrew P. Tarko

CRS conducts research studies of motor vehicle safety including problem identification, intervention analysis, program outcome assessment, and evaluation of emerging technologies for data collection and management. CRS has been awarded grants from the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and other public and private organizations.


Center for Rural Development (CRD)

Director: Kenneth Foster

Center for applied research on issues of importance to rural Indiana.


Center for Structural Engineering and Emerging Technologies for Nuclear Power Plants (SEET-NPP)

Director: Amit Varma

The mission of the center is to leverage the large-scale testing facilities and expertise at Bowen Laboratory to provide a one-stop-shop for the experimental and analytical research needs of the nuclear power industry and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Center for Technology Development (CTD)

Director: Haiyan Henry Zhang

The Center for Technology Development aims to use advance technology development through innovation in applied research and engineering and provide a close linkage between discovery and cost-effective product driven industry needs.


Center for the Human-Animal Bond (CHAB)

Director: Alan M. Beck

The center was established to study the human-animal relationship and to communicate its findings to scientists and public. It fosters interdisciplinary activities in Purdue University.


Center for the Study of Lodging Operations (CSLO)

Director: Howard Adler

The Center For The Study Of Lodging Operations provides information relating to lodging operations in all venues, including hotels, timeshares, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast operations. Our Focus: Provide quality research information related to the lodging field hotels, resorts, time-shares, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast properties.


Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management (CUIPM)

Director: Gary W. Bennett

Develops research, teaching and extension programs that focus on the protection of health, property and food supplies.


Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine (EVM)

Director: Sandra Amass San Miguel and Kauline Cipriani Davi

The mission of the center is to provide educational and assessment resources that advance diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.


Center of Excellence for Laser Based Manufacturing (CLBM)

Director: Yung C. Shin

The mission of the Center is to become a focal point for developing critical or novel technologies in laser-based manufacturing and materials processing, and help private companies in the state of Indiana and surrounding regions to implement new laser applications by transferring developed technologies and pursuing commercialization.


Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC)

Director: Kenneth F. Ferraro

CALC supports research and graduate education on aging and the life course, with emphasis on longitudinal methods and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Center on Religion and the Global East (CRGE)

Director: Fenggang Yang
Additional Contact: Chris White

The Center on Religion and the Global East (CRGE) at Purdue University is dedicated to advancing the social scientific study of religion in East Asian societies, East Asian diasporas, and religions originated in East Asia that are spread around the world. CRGE evolved from the former Center for Religion and Chinese Society.


Civil Engineering Center for Applications of UAS for a Sustainable Environment (CE-CAUSE)

Director: Ayman Habib

CE-CAUSE will provide ground-breaking, integrated hardware and software systems to solve a wide range of problems associated with the three-dimensional documentation, monitoring, and evaluation of Civil Engineering Physical and Environmental Infrastructure.


Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB)

Director: R. Byron Pipes

The cdmHUB will advance composite material certification by analysis and increase the number and use of simulation tools by an order of magnitude.


Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center (CMSC)

Director: R. Byron Pipes, John L. Bray Distinguished Profess

CMSC conducts research and technology development in the fields of composites manufacturing and simulation with the goal of using advanced simulations to replace experimentation for the design and manufacture of composite products. The CMSC will host the Design, Modeling and Simulation Technology Area of the Department of Energy-supported Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a public-private partnership that engages industry, research institutions and state partners to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge and cost-effective manufacturing technologies for polymer composites.


Cooling Technologies Research Center (CTRC)

Director: Justin A. Weibel

A National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center investigating compact, high-performance cooling technologies


Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC)

Director: Corey K Gerber

The Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center is designed to provide a real world environment where agriculturists can sharpen their crop problem troubleshooting skills and evaluate new and alternative crop and pest management strategies.


Dane O. Kildsig Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research (KCPPR)

Director: Rodolfo Pinal

Industry-University research collaboration focused on making an interdisciplinary, basic science approach, the foundation of graduate pharmaceutical education for the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutical products


Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME)

Director: Stephan Biller

The center's mission is to promote and enhance manufacturing management and global supply chain management (GSCMI) via learning/education, discovery/research, and industry/firm engagement.


Digital Enterprise Center (DEC)

Director: Nate Hartman

The Center promotes PLM and digital enterprise as a methodology and practice, and promotes the evolution and use of model-based digital product data.

Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2)

Director: Michael Witt

To investigate and resolve curation issues of facilitating access to, preservation of, and archiving for data and data sets in complex and distributed environments.


Envision Center for Data Perceptualization (ECDP)

Director: Laura Theademan

Envision is an ITaP-funded interdisciplinary, high- performance scientific and information visualization facility to support research and teaching at Purdue University. This Center's resources and staff are available to faculty and staff who have a need for scientific and information visualization services and to collaborate on research proposals that have a perceptualization component. facility allows Purdue the opportunity to advance the scientific fields of visualization and perceptualization through research and development of computer graphics hardware and software.


Equine Sports Medicine Center (ESMC)

Director: Laurent Couetil

The goals of the ESMC are to pioneer leading-edge research in the area of equine sports medicine, to provide training to future equine veterinarians, to offer continuing education to Indiana veterinarians and horsemen, and to diagnose and treat causes of decreased performance in horses.


Evaluation and Learning Research Center (ELRC)

Director: Wilella Burgess

ELRC will conduct original research and evaluation pushing the boundaries of our understanding of education and educational best practice while supporting research, education, and engagement projects through expertise in educational theory, research methodology, evaluation, and project management, and partnering with both internal and external stakeholders to enhance accountability, visibility, and reputation.


Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)

Director: Marcia Gentry

The mission of the Gifted Education Resource Institute ( at Purdue University is to promote the holistic development of talented P-16 students. To accomplish this mission, Institute associates *Conduct talent development research *Train professionals from all nations of the world to promote the development of individuals who have gifts and talents *Provide services to talented children and the families


Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center (ID#36) (HTIRC)

Director: Douglass Jacobs

The center develops genetic, molecular, and tissue culture technologies and forest and nursery management guidelines for improvement of central hardwood forest productivity.


Herrick Laboratories (HL)

Director: Jeffrey Rhoads
Additional Contact: Maralee Hayworth, Managing Director

The Laboratories, established in 1958, is an institution dedicated to graduate education and engineering research with emphasis on technology transfer to industry. The three main research areas are: Thermal Systems, Noise and Vibration Control, and Electromechanical Systems.


Indiana Center for Database Systems (ICDS)

Director: Christopher W. Clifton

ICDS takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving practical problems in a wide variety of database systems and their applications. Several large-scale, multi-year efforts bring research from ICDS and elsewhere to bear on real-world problems giving students training in database development techniques in a much greater depth than is possible in the classroom.


Indiana Water Resources Research Center (IWRRC)

Director: Linda S. Prokopy, PhD
Additional Contact: Laura A. Esman

The IWRRC mission is to coordinate the resources of Indiana's universities, state agencies, and industries to resolve problems associated with water resources management, use, and preservation of quality.


Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC)

Director: Rick Mattes

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center promotes the integrative, cross-disciplinary study of ingestion, emphasizing thorough analyses of feeding behavior in human and laboratory animal models. These analyses rely on rigorous assessments of the genetic, physiological, nutritional, neural, developmental and environmental determinants of feeding and feeding-related disorders.


INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering (INSPIRE)

Director: Monica Cardella

INSPIRE is a synergistic P-12 Engineering research and learning institute established to help educators investigate how students learn and to instill a desire in students to study engineering from elementary through high school. The goal is to increase the numbers and diversity of students majoring in engineering disciplines at the university level.


Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF)

Director: Matthew Huber

Purdue University’s Institute for a Sustainable Future fosters and promotes research, partnerships, and engagement in areas including the environment, climate, food-energy-water security, and sustainability. The complex, multi-factor, and pressing nature of the challenges and opportunities in these areas requires a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach. This Institute supports the research and development needed to provide viable solutions by connecting faculty and researchers and by forging linkages between disciplines and communities within Purdue and beyond. In this way, the Institute aligns with Purdue’s Land Grant Mission of building human capital, advancing research focused on our world’s most important problems and engaging deeply with our partners.


Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation (I-GSDI)

Director: Dan DeLaurentis
Additional Contact: Mary Ann Bobillo, Operations Manager

The I-GSDI will help Purdue become the preeminent university in security and defense innovation by converging and catalyzing Purdue's interdisciplinary resources to bring responsive and transformative solutions to the most pressing security and defense challenges facing the nation and the world.


Institute for Plant Sciences (IPS)

Director: Mitch Tuinstra

IPS brings together multidisciplinary research and education to move discoveries from the bench to application and commercialization; its mission is to be a global leader in delivering innovation, technology, and the human capacity necessary to help farming operations of all sizes produce food, fuel, and fiber more efficiently.


International Center for Biometric Research (ICBR)

Director: Stephen Elliott

The mission for the center is to provide new and innovative solutions for improving biometric sensor and algorithm performance. This will be accomplished by continuing development of the Human Biometric Sensor Interaction model in mobile frameworks, testing and evaluating biometric products for industry and government agencies, developing standards for the use of these technologies throughout the world, and developing innovative performance metrics.


International Food Technology Center (IFTC)

Director: Suzanne Nielsen and Bruce Hamaker
Additional Contact: Betty Bugusu, Managing Director

The mission of the Center is to become a global leader by increasing food availability and expand markets for local food crops by reducing raw commodity losses and developing high-value, market competitive processed products.


James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship (JACDC)

Director: Phillip J. VanFossen

The Center focus is on providing programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities.


Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials for Energy (JNCNE)

Director: Monica Allain

The Indo-US Joint Networked Centre focuses on the discovery and development of nanomaterials with application to energy technologies. The overarching objective is to provide new synergy between efforts in India and the US whereby partners with complementary expertise and interests will be addressing global energy challenges particularly to renewable and sustainable approaches.


Joint Purdue - Tsinghua Center for Innovation (JPTCI)

Director: Sabine Brunswicker

The goal for the center is to build a sustainable, special relationship between Purdue University and Tsinghua University on education, research and engagement in the general field of open innovation


Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP)

Director: Darcy M. Bullock
Additional Contact: Deborah Horton, Managing Director

The Joint Transportation Research Program facilitates collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation, higher education institutions and industry to implement innovations that result in continuous improvement in the planning, design, construction, operation, management and economic efficiency of the Indiana transportation infrastructure.


Krenicki Center for Business Analytics and Machine Learning (KCBAML)

Director: Mohit Tawarmalani

The mission of the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics and Machine Learning is to enhance research and dissemination of state-of-the-art information technologies and analytical techniques to utilize the vast amounts of data available today in order to deliver actionable insights into business decision making.


Laboratory for Application of Remote Sensing (LARS)

Director: Melba Crawford

A multidisciplinary research laboratory established in 1966 and internationally known for research efforts relating to remote sensing and geographic information systems. Brief history at:


Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering Integrative Center for Biotechnology and Engineering (LORRE)

Director: Michael R. Ladisch

Integrative Center for Biotechnology and Engineering that carries out multi-disciplinary research and fundamental discovery in bioenergy, bioprocessing, bionanotechnology, bioproducts, and biorecovery.


Markey Center for Structural Biology (MCSB)

Director: Cynthia Stauffacher

The structure group at Purdue is currently recognized as an outstanding international center for the study of viruses, enzymes and signaling proteins, membrane proteins, and nucleic acids by x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and computational biology.


Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue University (MEERCAT)

Director: Ed Berger / Jennifer DeBoer / Jeff Rhoads

Our vision is to be the world's most student-centric, mechanical engineering education research and transition organization, leveraging our deep expertise in both mechanical engineering and engineering education to cultivate the best mechanical engineers who graduate and live engaged, productive lives, adding value to both their employers and their communities.


Military Family Research Institute (MFRI)

Director: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

MFRI seeks to support military members, veterans and their families through a combination of evidence-informed research and community outreach across the nation.



Director: Srinivas Peeta
Additional Contact: Carl Huetteman, Interim Managing Director

NEXTRANS is an interdisciplinary transportation center that seeks to foster a new generation of paradigms and a highly qualified workforce that can develop innovative and integrated solutions for mobility, safety, and infrastructure renewal with a special emphasis on intermodal freight transportation and logistics to address regional needs and economic opportunities. It is the U.S. Department of Transportation's Region V Regional University Transportation Center (UTC). In this capacity, it will enable the coordination of transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs with regional needs and initiatives.


North Central Superpave Center (NCSC)

Director: Jan Olek

The NCSC performs research, communication, technology transfer, equipment/protocol evaluations and training related to hot mix asphalt. It is a partnership between state DOT's and the asphalt industry in nine states in the North Central region.


NSF Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NSF NCN)

Director: Gerhard Klimeck
Additional Contact: Lynn Zentner, Managing Director

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative by designing, constructing, deploying, and operating a national cyber-resource for nanotechnology theory, modeling, and simulation. Its mission is embodied in


Open Agricultural Technology and Systems Center (OATS)

Director: James Krogmeier
Additional Contact: Dennis Buckmaster

OATS will capitalize on the catalyzing effect of open source technologies to enhance agricultural innovation and education in areas such as sensing, control, logistics, and data management.


Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS)

Director: William Crossley

The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.


Perception-based Engineering (PBE)

Director: George Chiu

This is an emerging field, which combines knowledge of human perception and response with physical models and objective measurements to allow the next level of design for quality.


Production, Robotics, and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management (PRISM)

Director: Shimon Y. Nof

The PRISM Center's general purpose is the investigation, development, and experimentation of how to apply computer intelligence and decision technologies to most effectively improve the performance and quality of industrial systems. Current focus: Collaborative e-Work, e-Service, Collaborative Control Theory. PGRN (Purdue Global Research Network) integrates affiliated labs worldwide.


Purdue Agile Strategy Lab (PASL)

Director: Ed Morrison

The mission of PASL will be to operate as a virtual lab to design and deliver new approaches to understanding and practicing strategy in open, loosely connected networks. The intention is to transform curricula, accelerate multidisciplinary collaborations of researchers, and strengthen the university's engagement activities with companies, government agencies, and civic organizations.


Purdue Autism Research Center (PARC)

Director: Mandy Rispoli / AJ Schwichtenberg
Additional Contact: Kate Kester, Administrative Asst.

Conduct interdisciplinary basic, behavioral, and clinical research; train the next generation of autism researchers and clinicians; share findings and services to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their families.


Purdue Center for Global Food Security (PCGFS)

Director: Gebisa Ejeta
Additional Contact: Gary Burniske, Managing Director

The mission of PCGFS is to advance the food security agenda through educational, research, and policy advocacy programming, by engaging faculty and students across the university towards the eventual goal of feeding humanity sustainably in the 21st century and beyond.


Purdue Center for Metal Casting Research (PCMC)

Director: Kevin Trumble

PCMC conducts interdisciplinary research and education programs to advance commercial metal casting practice and develop new commercial solidification processes. The Center couples a broad spectrum of experimental capabilities with advanced computational modeling of microstructure development during solidification. Strong emphasis is placed on the education of students and industry partners.


Purdue Center for Professional Selling (PCPS)

Director: Anita Dale

Provide high quality instruction in the area of selling and sales management and to promote selling and sales management as a professional career through leadership, scholarship and involvement


Purdue Center for Programming Principles and Software Systems (PurPL)

Director: Milind Kulkarni, Co-Director
Additional Contact: Tiark Rompf, Co-Director

The goal is to partner with researchers to deploy programming language techniques to deliver unique, transformative capabilities to address global challenges, and to establish Purdue as an intellectual leader in this important. space.


Purdue Center for Science of Information (PCSoI)

Director: Wojciech Szpankowski
Additional Contact: Bob Brown, Managing Director

The Purdue Institute for the Science of Information advances a comprehensive science of information, offering a wealth of societal benefits in diverse engineering, scientific, and social applications. We integrate research and teaching activities that investigate information from all angles: from the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of information to the science and engineering of novel substrates, biological networks, chemistry, communication networks, economics, physics, and complex social systems.


Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments (SGC)

Director: William Watson

To provide support for implementing, designing and developing serious games and virtual environments for learning; to encourage collaboration across Purdue and with K-12 schools, and to establish a foundation for securing funding and conducting research at Purdue on the use of serious games and virtual learning environments in education.


Purdue Center for Topological Materials (PCTM)

Director: Michael Manfra

The center will focus on emergent phenomena brought about by unusual topology in condensed matter systems. The mission is to foster internal collaboration focused on elucidating the role of topology in condensed matter systems, to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of the latest developments in condensed matter physics and provide a crucial link to the larger research community outside of Purdue, and to leverage existing strengths at Purdue to compete nationally for large-scale funding opportunities


Purdue Energetics Research Center (PERC)

Director: Stephen Beaudoin

PERC's mission is to enhance the effort of Purdue's world-leading energetic materials faculty, staff and students, working in Purdue's unique facilities at Zucrow and Herrick labs, to meet the urgent societal need to fabricate, test, detect, deploy, and defeat next-generation energetic materials.


Purdue Homeland Security Institute (PHSI)

Director: Eric Dietz

Aggressively grow interdisciplinary research to develop future leaders and inform policy that will enhance Homeland Defense and Security.


Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery (PCDD)

Director: Zhong-Yin Zhang
Additional Contact: Karson Putt, Managing Director

The Center for Drug Discovery focuses on improving the quality of life for people around the world by engaging in the discovery of new drugs across disciplines and institutions, translating basic research into clinical applications, educating the next generation of researchers in drug discovery and commercializing innovations for the marketplace.


Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN)

Director: Chris Rochet

The center spans 25 departments across six colleges at Purdue engaging in neuroscience-related research in four target research ares: Development, Genetics & Neuropharmacology; Neurotrauma and Neuropathology; Aging and Neurodegeneration; and Neuroengineering.


Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D)

Director: Richard Kuhn
Additional Contact: Tommy Sors, Assistant Director

PI4D strives to invent and integrate basic immunologic advances and new diagnostics, probe basic biological and inflammatory processes, and to develop and commercialize novel intervention methods to control an array of chronic inflammatory conditions, cancer and infectious diseases.


Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI)

Director: Stacey Connaughton
Additional Contact: Krista Kelley, Operations Manager

Through interdisciplinary research, data-driven policy analysis, education, and outreach, PPRI's mission is to bridge the gaps in understanding among the academic and policy-making communities and the public, and position PPRI to be a great resource for our state, nation, and the world.


Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute (PQSEI)

Director: Yong Chen
Additional Contact: David Stewart

The Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute was established at Purdue University in order to foster the development of practical and impactful aspects of quantum science. The Institute focuses on discovering and studying new materials and basic physical quantum systems that will be best suited for integration into tomorrow's technology. It encourages interdisciplinary collaboration leading to the design and realization of industry-friendly quantum devices with enhanced functionality and performance close to the fundamental limits in order to produce systems based on these devices that will impact a vast community of users. Finally, we work to train the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers in order to meet the growing quantum workforce demands.


Purdue Robotics Accelerator (PRA)

Director: Richard Voyles

The mission of this center is to leverage the existing strengths of the many colleges within Purdue that foster robotics expertise to achieve greater international acclaim, greater scholarly success, greater student achievement, and greater commercial impact in the areas of co-robots (robots that work symbiotically with humans), for healthcare, manufacturing and agriculture.


Purdue Tourism and Hospitality Research Center (PTHRC)

Director: Liping A. Cai

The center serves communities, tourism organizations, and businesses with practical and up-to-date expertise and skills. It also assists in advancing the discipline of tourism and hospitality through basic and applied research dealing with issues at both local and global levels.


Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PUCCR)

Director: Timothy L. Ratliff

The center is committed to helping cancer patients by identifying new molecular targets and designing new agents and drugs for effectively detecting and treating cancer. We are committed to the elimination of cancer as a cause of suffering and death.


Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories (PUCL)

Director: J. Paul Robinson

The Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories (PUCL) is a state-of-the-art laboratory focused on advanced Cytomics including biological imaging, bioengineering & biotechnology.


Purdue University Regional Visualizations and Analytics Center (PURVAC)

Director: David S. Ebert

PURVAC performs fundamental and applied research in visual representations of complex, time-varying, heterogeneous data to enable visual analysis, decision making, and rapid action, addressing key research needs for homeland security, emergency management and response, healthcare management and monitoring, mobile analytics, and scientific discovery.


Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE)

Director: Kevin Mumford

The mission is to support and encourage basic empirical research in economics at Purdue directed toward policy problems


Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE)

Director: Randy Hountz (Interim Director)
Additional Contact: Allison Bryan Jungels (Operations Manager)

The Center focuses on applying the principles of engineering, management and science to improve healthcare delivery.


Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI)

Director: Sabine Brunswicker
Additional Contact: Maria Whipple, Assistant Manager

The center will investigate and answer fundamental questions related to the principles, practices, policies and infrastructures that determine the social and technical dimensions of this complex innovation system. The research will establish both empirical evidence and theoretical explanations that will both illuminate and shape Open Digital Innovation.


Rolls-Royce Purdue University Technology Partnership (UTP)

Director: Guillermo Paniagua, Nicole Key, Timothée L. Pourpoint

The Rolls-Royce Purdue University Technology Partnership (UTP) develops technologies to advance gas turbine propulsion systems. The UTP includes three University Technology Centers: the Small Core Turbine Research Center directed by Guillermo Paniagua, the Small Core Compressor Research Center directed by Nicole Key, and the Center for Advanced Thermal Management directed by Timothée L. Pourpoint.

State Utility Forecasting Group (SUFG)

Director: Douglas J. Gotham

SUFG forecasts electricity consumption, prices, and new resource needs for Indiana in addition to examining the impacts of various issues on the electricity industry. It also produces an annual study of renewable resources for the Indiana General Assembly and performs analyses involving Indiana's various energy industries, including electricity, natural gas, and coal.


Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Education Engineering Center (S-BRITE)

Director: Robert J. Connor

The mission of S-BRITE is to become the leading education, training, research, and engineering center related to all aspects of affecting the existing aging steel bridge inventory.


Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (SBBCLE)

Director: Mangala Subramaniam

The mission of the center is to develop leadership capacity, especially in women, through research, education and collaborations that help advance inclusion and broaden representation in academic administration


Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Center (TELL)

Director: Atsushi Fukada

The Center is committed to research in problems in language learning and development of technology-based solutions to the problems. It is also committed to disseminating and sharing research results and developed products through a variety of channels for the betterment of the field of foreign language education.


Tsinghua University - Purdue University Joint Research Center for Earthquake Engineering (TPJRCEE)

Director: Michael Kreger

The mission of the center is to facilitate collaboration between researchers and educators on earthquake engineering in the form of joint research, faculty and student exchange and education activities.

Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research (WCCR)

Director: Bruce R. Hamaker

In partnership with industrial sponsors, the Center searches for understandings of structure-function relationships of starched hydrocolloids, and low-molecular-weight carbohydrates through application of leading-edge technology.


Women's Global Health Institute (WGHI)

Director: Dorothy Teegarden
Additional Contact: Luanne Bermel, Managing Director

This institute will help improve the health of women globally through research and training.


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