Indiana’s Wabash Heartland Innovation Network has received a $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis. WHIN says the funding will help strengthen the relationship between local needs and a skilled workforce.

“We are grateful for the generous support from Lumina Foundation that will reinforce our existing efforts with researchers and educators, as well as help us build one of the largest and most innovative IoT living laboratories in the nation,” said Johnny Park, chief executive officer of WHIN. “Lumina and WHIN are like-minded in our desire to accelerate Indiana’s education innovation, and I’m excited for the partnership.”

WHIN says Lumina’s grant will allow the organization to serve more students across a variety of disciplines to better understand digitalization, develop new foundational research in the Internet of Things, and prepare them for careers that require digital technology and data skills.

The funds were a gift from the Herman Rubin estate to the foundation. The organization says Dr. Rubin was a professor of mathematics at Purdue University and his bequest is to further support innovative education and related initiatives.