Purchase of Lafayette Aviation and tech park certification set stage for major expansion

2 May 2015 - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels recentlyannounced plans to create a 980-acre Purdue Research Park Aerospace District in West Lafayette housing public and private aerospace research facilities that will provide jobs for Indiana residents and learning opportunities for Purdue students.

The project includes the purchase of Lafayette Aviation by Purdue aviation technology alumnus Scott Niswonger and Purdue Research Foundation.

"Purdue University has long been known as the Cradle of Astronauts, and our aviation and aeronautics programs are among the best in the world," Daniels said. "The Purdue Research Park Aerospace District will be one of the most comprehensive and important enterprises we have undertaken. The end result will be a world-class park of additional educational, research and commerce opportunities for Indiana residents and Purdue students."

Plans for the 980-acre aerospace district, which encompasses the Purdue University Airport, Lafayette Aviation and the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, include opportunities for aerospace companies that wish to collaborate with Purdue to build research and development facilities. The site has already been named an Indiana Certified Technology Park by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

The Purdue Research Park Aerospace District is owned by the Purdue Research Foundation. "This district will be a game-changer for our students and Purdue's outreach efforts to partnering corporations. We are looking for research collaborators to complement the commercial and industrial aerospace work that will be done in the district and who have an interest in licensing some of the outstanding aerospace-related intellectual property coming out of the university," said Dan Hasler, president of Purdue Research Foundation. "Purdue researchers have patented technologies to improve engines, sensors, propulsion systems, blade designs, composite materials - it's a deep bench of innovations to advance aerospace design and development."

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