Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics

BE THE TECH LEADER OF TOMORROW

Earn a degree inspired by technology and manufacturing industry leaders

The Manufacturing Industry is a critical driver of the economy. It can improve our standard of living, it makes outsized contributions to research & development, and promotes national competitiveness. The industry is always pushing forward and it is currently experiencing extraordinary growth and transformation. This evolution is supported by the adoption of innovative advanced technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Cloud, Data Science, Mixed Reality, Robotics, and Cybersecurity.

To support this transformation, Purdue University has partnered with technology and manufacturing industry leaders to create a unique learning experience that will prepare students to become the leaders of tomorrow.

With the Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics degree, students will gain knowledge and technical acumen across a broad range of disciplines, giving them the tools to transform the industry by producing innovative, reliable, and cost-effective solutions that will continue improving people’s lives.

What Makes This Program Unique?

 

Leading edge technology-based curriculum

Leading edge technology-based curriculum

By continuously collaborating with industry thought leaders, we ensure that the latest vision and the newest technologies are integrating into the curriculum. This ensures our students are learning the most relevant skills needed for future success.

  

 

Physical & Virtual Labs

Physical & Virtual Labs

We take direct input from technology and manufacturing leaders to design, build, and refresh our learning facilities. Our goal is to help students learn in physical and virtual representations of the factories of the future, while using the latest industrial-grade equipment, applications, and processes.

  

 

Immersive, hands-on experience

Immersive, hands-on experience

We provide our students with immersive hands-on experiences that utilize AI, Machine Learning, Industrial IoT, Mixed Reality, Data Science, Cybersecurity, and more. This will expose our students to real-world manufacturing scenarios to better prepare them to become smart manufacturing leaders of tomorrow.

  

What makes this unique?

 

Leading edge technology-based curriculum

By continuously collaborating with industry thought leaders, we ensure that the latest vision and the newest technologies are integrating into the curriculum. This ensures our students are learning the most relevant skills needed for future success.

  

 

Physical & Virtual Labs

We take direct input from technology and manufacturing leaders to design, build, and refresh our learning facilities. Our goal is to help students learn in physical and virtual representations of the factories of the future, while using the latest industrial-grade equipment, applications, and processes.

  

 

Immersive, hands-on experience

We provide our students with immersive hands-on experiences that utilize AI, Machine Learning, Industrial IoT, Mixed Reality, Data Science, Cybersecurity, and more. This will expose our students to real-world manufacturing scenarios to better prepare them to become smart manufacturing leaders of tomorrow.

  

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Latest News

Manufacturing and technology leaders take an active role in course and curriculum development

Student with Tough Pad

Manufacturers are facing tremendous pressures to transform by utilizing ubiquitous digital technologies. This requires a rethinking of the traditional approach to education and skills development.

In response, Purdue University is working in close collaboration with industry and technology leaders to collect direct input into the development of the Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics program. Our working groups gathered real-world expertise across 11 different subject areas that were identified as critical. Such topics as Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Industrial Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Autonomous Robotics, and more, formed the foundation for new courses and curriculum. As a result, we are happy to announce that our degree program is progressing through the review and accreditation process on schedule.

A big thank you goes out to our numerous contributors from Microsoft, PTC, Rockwell Automation, Endress Hauser, and more, for working with our curriculum writers to complete this monumental task.

If you would like to learn more about the curriculum development process or are interested in learning more about the Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics program, please contact us.

 

Purdue University to host an Industrial IoT Lab on campus

Microsoft Lab on Campus

Hands-on experiences are powerful learning tools. However, when it comes to manufacturing, gaining access to the necessary hardware can be challenging and expensive. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Labs can provide students with an opportunity to engage with industrial technology that is not typically available via maker kits or outside of a university campus. By gaining access to an IoT Lab, Purdue students will be able to use hardware and tools needed to build, develop, prototype and test innovative projects. Students can even spend time in a lab to develop their own products that may eventually go to market.

Our Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics program leaders worked with Microsoft to develop the initial blueprint for an IoT Lab, which will permanently reside at Purdue University. Our lab is inspired by the labs that operate on Microsoft campuses across the world. It includes a collection of IoT hardware that currently sits on the movable IoT Carts (that were designed and donated by Microsoft), learning courses, and a series of pre-packaged activities that our students can explore.

To take a closer look at some of the hardware and activities currently included, please visit this IoT Curriculum GitHub page. If you would like to learn more about the Smart Manufacturing program, please contact us.

Resources

Microsoft Learn

Whether you're just starting or an experienced professional, our hands-on approach helps you arrive at your goals faster, with more confidence and at your own pace.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

Microsoft Azure for Students

Start building the future with Azure for Students! Get a $100 credit when you create your free Azure for Students account

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/students/

Rockwell Automation Technical Documentation Center

Find a wide selection of publications that support Rockwell Automation, FactoryTalk and Allen‑Bradley products, services and solutions.

https://www.rockwellautomation.com/en-us/support/documentation.html

PTC Academic Digital Transformation Resources

Collection of learning materials and technical resources that illustrate how to leverage PTC (and open source) Digital Transformation technologies for Academic and IIoT applications.

https://github.com/PTC-Academic/DX-Resources