Purdue, US Navy sign new agreement

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new agreement between Purdue and the United States Navy is aimed at developing and strengthening research on alternative energy resources.

Thursday afternoon Purdue University and the U.S. Navy became partners in the advancement of alternative energy research. The newly signed agreement has a goal of increasing research at Purdue all while making alternative energy a priority.

“There may be research tasks that we can undertake that can help you in this great initiative that you have launched in the Navy,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

The Statement of Cooperation will put Purdue researchers to work to develop alternative sources of energy that will decrease the U.S. Navy’s reliance on carbon based fuels and energy sources. Some of the more specific research will include bio fuel research and alternative fuels for aviation and marine engines. U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said the Navy will benefit from Purdue’s experience in alternative energy research.

“We’re going to benefit from the brains, and the research and the talent of Purdue helping us become a better war fighting service. Helping us better protect the people of the United States,” said Mabus.

In addition to the agreement, Purdue has also established the Purdue Military Research Initiative. The annual no cost graduate program will provide an education for up to 10 military officers with a focus on alternative energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency. Daniels said Purdue will be providing a service to the U.S. Navy, allowing them to serve the nation while fulfilling one of Purdue’s missions.

“To enable more of our faculty and more of our students to pursue that mission. That’s a benefit all by itself,” said Daniels.

The signing took place in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall at Purdue.

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