Purdue and Chrysler partnership centers around research and internships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Research and internships make up a new partnership between Purdue University and automaker Chrysler Group.

As students wrap up another day of classes in the cold on Wednesday, Purdue University announced a new partnership with Chrysler, which has a large plant in Kokomo.

“The announcement we are making is about a good number of projects that we’ll be doing in relatively deep research for Chrysler in areas of their need,” said Suresh Garimella, Purdue’s chief global affairs officer.

Garimella said the partnership has been in the works for two years. He said the research will consist of seven projects and involve the Colleges of Technology, Engineering and Science. The research projects will be funded with $1.2 million from Chrysler in hopes of enhancing the company’s manufacturing process. Garimella said there is also hope for opportunities for the people of Purdue and Chrysler.

“It has many aspects to it. It has research elements, it has getting our students over there to get internship experiences and certainly employment afterwards, it gets out faculty members into Chrysler facilities, it gets Chrysler people into Purdue,” said Garimella.

The parnership also features distance-education programs for Chrysler’s global employees. Also being developed are internship and co-op programs for Purdue students at Chrysler’s facilities in Kokomo and worldwide.

“I think it’s very important to not only give students the opportunity to make connections with those large employers, but it’s very important that Purdue has those connections to remain competitive in the job market,” said Andrew Katz, a student.

“You hear different ideas from different groups of people, diverse people, so that’s always important. You always want to make sure that you’re reaching out to everyone in the community and not just a specific crowd,” said Devin Baldwin.

Garimella said the university is on a mission to form these kind of partnerships with companies.

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