OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND PARTNERSHIPS » Spring 2015, Vol. 6 Issue 3
“None of us is as smart as all of us”
— Ken Blanchard
Around the corner and around
the globe, Purdue faculty members are joining forces with other
faculty, citizens and institutions to
advance research that couldn’t be
accomplished alone. In this issue,
read how Purdue will use a $40
million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to foster research in
engineering and technology, how
communication faculty are teaming up with Liberians to help stem
the spread of Ebola (pp. 2-3) and
how a biological sciences team
has discovered a possible breakthrough in treating enterovirus
D68 (p. 8).
A $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. — the biggest cash donation in Purdue
University’s history — will fund initiatives to foster ground-breaking research, enhance
opportunities for students and expand high-tech job growth throughout Indiana and the
“This is an important moment in Purdue history,” President Mitch Daniels said. “It’s
now our duty to turn it into a significant event in Indiana history by delivering even
more world-class engineers, technologists and leaders of all kinds, along with the discov-
eries, innovations and new jobs that great research produces.”
Sara B. Cobb, vice president of education for Lilly Endowment, said, “These projects
hold great promise to be real game-changers. With its considerable strengths in engi-
neering and technology, Purdue is poised for significant impact in research, education
and economic development.”
The Endowment grant, which helps build on Purdue’s global reputation for excellence
in engineering and technology, will provide $13.5 million toward a $54 million Flex Lab
led by the College of Engineering. The Flex Lab will be located in Discovery Park and
feature a wet-lab, dry-lab and open collaboration spaces that support many disciplines.
Another $5 million will support expansion of the College of Engineering’s Maurice J.
Zucrow Labs, including five new test cells and a laser diagnostics lab for environmental
The grant also will provide $13 million for the Innovation Design Center; $5 million
for the Active Learning Center; and $3.5 million for the College of Technology’s trans-
formation into the Polytechnic Institute.
Audience members gather in Armstrong
Hall’s Kurz Atrium for the announcement.
$40 Million Lilly Endowment Grant to
Power High-Tech Transformations