Current Funded Research Grant Projects

Project Title: Collaborative Research: Developing Business Communication Skills in Manufacturing Technician Education

Project Period: 09/2020 – 08/2023

Project Synopsis: Advanced manufacturing and production are changing from a demand for manual laborers toward s demand for skilled technicians in automation and data exchange who can communicate effectively in teams.  Recognizing the need for advanced manufacturing technicians who have the technical knowledge/skills and the soft-skills to work efficiently and effectively in the changing workplace, the research and development project will develop and test a “smart factory” approach, embedded in course case studies and in a virtual reality (VR) platform, that prepare manufacturing technicians to meet current and future workforce demands.  To support the use of case studies and adaptive VR learning experience in courses, faculty in advanced manufacturing programs will participate in extensive professional development activities that include development of materials and externships in industry.  To strengthen the alignment between coursework and job tasks, the project draws on the long-standing partnership of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Purdue University, and their industry partners to develop the technical and soft skills needed to meet the demand for a technical and communication savvy middle-skills workforce in advance manufacturing.  Recognizing that the manufacturing workforce is maturing, the project also focuses on fostering and investigating the communication skills that facilitate the transfer of highly specialized technical skills and knowledge (expertise) across the multiple generations in the manufacturing workforce.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Project Amount: $580,511



Project Title: Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP)

Project Period: 07/2019 – 07/2023

Project Synopsis: The Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP) was developed as part of the US President’s effort to “promote apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs”, through collaborations among trade and industry groups, employers, educational institutions, unions, joint labor-management organizations, and other third parties to create new apprenticeship solutions. The Program supports sector-based approaches to expanding efforts to develop and implement apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors such as cybersecurity. The P-CAP is a scalable cyber apprenticeship program that creates a steady pipeline of skilled workers to both solve employers’ workforce shortages and create a successful pathway to high-paying jobs for participants. The purpose of this program is to develop and deliver an apprenticeship training program in cybers fields. Participants work for an employer that pays for their education while participants gain paid industry experience and training. Upon completion of the program, participants will have earned either an associate degree in IT, a Bachelor of Science degree in computer and information science majoring in cybersecurity, or a Master of Science in cybersecurity and trusted systems. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to sit for various industry recognized certifications, earn other specialty certificates, and earn a certificate from the P-CAP Leadership Academy.

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Labor

Project Amount: $12,000,000



Project Title: Archives Leadership Institute @ Purdue

Project Period: 08/2018 – 07/2022

Project Synopsis: The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Purdue University is the host site for ALI for the years 2019-2021. ALI@Purdue offers advanced training for 20 archival leaders each year, providing the knowledge, tools, and community of practice to enable these leaders to effect positive change within the profession.

Funding Agency: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Project Amount: $250,000



Project Title: Developing Young Innovative Entrepreneurial Leaders in STE(A)M Fields in Eastern Marmara Region

Project Period: 10/2019 – 06/2021

Project Synopsis: The project aims to promote innovation and foster entrepreneurship among Turkish youth in the Eastern Marmara region who have earned or are pursuing technical degrees. The program will develop a cadre of 300 new leaders in STE(A)M fields as well as scalable educational resources that can be used for future cohorts. Other anticipated outcomes include strengthening economic prosperity in the region, reinforcing democratic values, and fostering ties between the US and Turkey.

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of State

Project Amount: $40,000