Purdue University Announces Indiana Manufacturing Institute

The center will focus on composite materials research.

The Department of Energy and Purdue University have partnered to open the Indiana Manufacturing Institute, a center to advance research of composite materials manufacturing and energy-efficient technology.

The institute will have Purdue faculty, including approximately 10 engineers and host of graduate students to work on various research areas. It will also include a Design, Modeling and Simulation Enabling Technology Center.

“Purdue’s selection to host this facility confirms our university as an international leader in composite materials research, and the work that will be done there will produce world-wide value in more lighter-weight energy efficient products,” said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. “The research conducted by faculty, staff and students in the institute will be structured to serve advanced composite materials R&D, and collaborating with the many industries using these technologies is a seamless transition,” Pipes said. “That is because advanced composite materials have broad, proven applications because of their lightweight properties and proven strength and durability while also remaining elastic. The Boeing 787 commercial airplane is a wonderful example of what this technology can achieve.”

The center is slated to open mid-2016.

For more information, visit Purdue University.

Sources: Press materials received from the university and additional information gleaned from the university’s website.

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