IU President Pam Whitten and NSA Crane Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Smith renew their institutions’ partnership. (photo courtesy: NSA Crane)

Indiana University has renewed its longstanding educational partnership with Naval Support Activity Crane. During her first visit to the installation since being named IU president, Pam Whitten signed the agreement, along with NSA Crane Commanding Officer Commander James Smith.

The purpose of the partnership agreement is to aid IU students’ educational experience by providing a mechanism by which they can benefit from the NSA Crane’s staff expertise and facilities.

“A partnership between Indiana University and NSA Crane is a beneficial pairing,” said Whitten. “Crane personnel and IU students, faculty and staff collaborate on sustainability and conservation efforts, as well as groundbreaking research advances in areas critical to the national defense.”

According to IU, it has already completed over a half dozen projects in collaboration with NSA Crane, because of the formal partnership.

The university the projects involved environmental monitoring and sustainable development of lands near the installation and the reduction of its energy waste.