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Purdue renews Sandia Labs partnership

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Purdue University and New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories are expanding their partnership through 2030. The research collaborations will be focused in four areas of mutual interest, including hypersonic flight systems, cyber resiliency, trusted systems and communications, and advanced data science.

The two organizations are partnering on programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The university says dataset insights and using data as a fuel for artificial intelligence and automated systems are areas of strategic importance to U.S. security. Purdue’s Integrative Data Science Initiative boasts many world-leading efforts in research and education.

“Sandia National Labs is a recognized world leader in technology research and implementation,” said Theresa Mayer, Purdue executive vice president for research and partnerships. “This partnership will allow us to work together to solve significant national issues and problems that no one institution could address alone.”

Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC., a subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. The lab operates as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations.

“Our two institutions have worked together to advance cybersecurity, hypersonic flight other research fields critical to national security,” said Susan Seestrom, chief research officer at Sandia National Laboratories. “We’re building on these successes and growing a pipeline of talented scientists and engineers to solve tomorrow’s national security challenges.”

Sandia and Purdue already have a presence on each other’s campuses. Purdue has provided office space for Sandia employees and an intern work space for Purdue students working on Sandia-related efforts. On the instructional side, Sandia has provided internships for more than 70 Purdue students over the previous five years and recently sponsored two projects in Purdue’s Data Mine learning community.