Purdue University has announced plans to open the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation at Discovery Park. The university says the goal of the institute is to centralize defense and security research efforts across the West Lafayette campus to make Purdue "the pre-eminent university in national defense and security."
The institute, working with other Purdue research centers, will conduct research in a number of areas, including advanced instrumentation, nanotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, big data analytics, and simulations. Purdue President Mitch Daniels made the announcement Thursday morning as part of a symposium on global defense issues at Discovery Park.
"We live in a dangerous world in which we must continuously invent more, discover more, and innovate more than those who oppose us, and be able to deliver those technologies quickly into the hands of the people who use them to protect the rest of us," said Daniels. "Purdue is well-positioned to do this. We are accomplished at not only discoveries in science, engineering and technology, but delivering those discoveries to the market quickly. We think we can do the same for national security and defense."
Purdue received more than $50 million for advanced defense-related research projects in 2016, according to the university. The institute will be led by Dan DeLaurentis, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and President’s Fellow of Defense Initiatives, who will serve as interim director.
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