Purdue University and the U.S. Department of the Navy are planning to work together on alternative energy projects. Purdue President Mitch Daniels and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will sign a statement of cooperation Thursday in West Lafayette. Navy Special Assistant For Public Affairs Commander Tamara Lawrence says the agreement will allow the department to capitalize on Purdue's “fantastic research center environment” and promote the school's Military Research Initiative to officers. May 7, 2014

News Release

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will sign a statement of cooperation between the Department of the Navy and Purdue on Thursday (May 8), agreeing to further develop and strengthen an existing research relationship aimed at enhancing and implementing alternative energy resources.

The signing ceremony, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, will be in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall on the Purdue campus and is open to the public. A universal live stream (viewable on Windows, Mac and mobile device platforms) will be available for viewing online at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/oglpm.

Mabus is the 75th Secretary of the Navy and leads America's Navy and Marine Corps. As Secretary of the Navy, he has made energy and energy security a priority. Upon assuming office in 2009, Mabus set an aggressive goal for the Department of the Navy aimed at ensuring that, by no later than 2020, the Navy and Marine Corps would obtain at least 50 percent of their energy from alternative sources. To accomplish this goal, he has directed the Department of the Navy to change the way they use, produce and acquire energy.

Purdue is home to the Energy Center in Discovery Park. The center leads interdisciplinary research efforts in advancing alternative energy sources and approaches.

Source: Purdue University

Story Continues Below