WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. NSF awarded the funding to the school's Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center.

Purdue's schools of Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering have partnered on the center to study the underlying culture of collaborators who implement Freeform, a pedagogical system developed at Purdue.

Investigators at Purdue are Jeffrey Rhoads, professor of mechanical engineering and overall project principal investigator, and Jennifer DeBoer, assistant professor of engineering education and project co-PI.

 “As a result of those research projects, our multidisciplinary research team now has the tools to understand, in a very deep way, how innovations are propagated, changed, updated, and deployed in new environments,” said Edward Berger, MEERCat executive director and professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering. 

Purdue will collaborate with Trine University, which implemented Freeform in its sophomore dynamics class in 2015.