The Grand Challenges in Aviation and Transportation

The Grand Challenges framework serves as the raison d'être for our faculty and students and it multiplies the impact of the five Polytechnic-wide research areas:

  • Future Work and Learning
  • Holistic Safety and Security
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities
  • Realizing the Digital Enterprise
  • Community and Civic Engagement

Our Focus on Grand Challenges

Blueavion f1, an airport sensor system co-developed by John Mott, associate professor of aviation technology, is now available commercially. The product was tested at the Purdue University Airport.

Yilin Feng, Shelby K. Hobbs, Changmin Xiong and Chuyang Yang, students in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, won first place in the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.

A knowledge gap in the development of alternative aviation fuels led to the creation of the Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE), a new interdisciplinary research lab in Purdue’s Potter Engineering Center directed by Gozdem Kilaz, assistant professor of engineering technology.