• Purdue, IU to showcase technologies at defense industry conference on April 17

    FORT WAYNE, Ind., WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Technology experts will present intellectual property available for licensing from Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization and Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation during a Friday (April 17) conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Members of the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association will meet 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the International Ballroom of the Walb Student Union at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

    Sean Ryan, director of engagement at IPFW, said intellectual property presentations have been part of several events in Fort Wayne since 2006. This is the first year the presentations will be integrated into the NIDIA conference.

    “The events were designed to promote licensing and startup opportunities around various pieces of intellectual property that we felt appealed to the industry clusters in the northeast Indiana region,” he said. “IU and Purdue add to the NIDIA conference by showcasing intellectual property that has a high potential to be turned into a revenue stream for defense- and homeland security-related businesses. At the same time, they are getting broad exposure to a critical high-tech industry sector in Indiana.”

    Technologies discovered and developed by Indiana University and Purdue University researchers to be presented at the conference are:

    * “Method for improving lithium-ion battery lifetime by controlling dendritic growth.” Jian Xie at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has discovered a novel method for controlling lithium ion dendritic growth inside batteries. By controlling these damaging spikes that grow during normal charge/discharge cycles, the lithium-ion battery lifetime can be significantly extended.

    * “Optical frequency comb generation using controllable mode interaction.” Andrew Weiner at Purdue University has discovered a novel method to control the dynamics of comb generation. This new method can be used to achieve broadband mode locking, tune the repetition rate and tailor the spectrum shape of the frequency comb.

    Retired Col. David Augustine, president of NIDIA, said the organization focuses on defense growth, which he said cannot happen without intellectual property development.

    “It’s important to have an active academia-industry relationship for this to happen. NIDIA looks to academia for research and development opportunities that streamline integration with small business,” he said. “We want our small business members to focus on technology development, not paperwork.”

    About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

    The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology-transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university’s academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org

    Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org


    Col. David Augustine (ret.), 269-967-6232, david.augustine@strykeindustries.com
    Sean Ryan, 260-399-1662, ryans@ipfw.edu

  • NIDIA Mega Conference Registration Deadline: Thur. Apr. 16th at 10AM

    If you haven’t registered for Friday’s NIDIA Mega Conference, please do so soon.  We look forward to seeing you all at the conference!

    Registration for this FREE event closes Tomorrow (Thurs. April 16th) at 10:00 AM.

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  • NIDIA Website Receives Major Update to be Briefed at the April 17th Mega Conference

    Fellow NIDIA Members, when I think of NIDIA I think of an agile, fast moving organization that is reflective of the needs of our membership. Our second major enhancement to our website by our amazingly talented Web Designer, Wes DeKoninck, the Digital Marketing Manager for Saal Advertising, Inc. is now live. What is referred to as Version 1.2, it includes performance enhancements, style adjustments and an all new member organization enrollment and management system.

    Website enhancements include:

    • New backend framework structure to allow for better mobile responsiveness and improved performance.
    • Addition of new subtle animations to several elements of the site for improved aesthetics.
    • Added additional Board Of Directors positions to “About Us”.
    • Added a new event calendar with enhanced calendar and agenda functionality as well as improved event search features.
    • Improved NIDIA Member Directory layout with new alpha-index for searching.
    • Improved Membership enrollment form and automated billing/enrollment process including: automated directory listing addition upon completed enrollment payment, new email confirmation notices and automatic recurring subscription based annual renewal of NIDIA membership.

    We hope you enjoy the new and improved NIDIAonline.org website.

    Please sign up ASAP for the 17 April Mega conference and provide feedback during the open forum on our website upgrades. See you there and congratulations Wes on a job extremely well done!

    Dave Augustine, Col (ret)
    NIDIA Chairman of the Board

  • Purdue launches program to assist small to mid-sized defense contractors grow and diversify

    In 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $8 billion on contracts that were performed by companies and organizations across Indiana. Last year, contracts across the state amounted to $2.5 billion. This drop in government spending has severely impacted manufacturing firms in the defense supply chain and communities where defense contractors are located. In response, the Purdue Technology Assistance Program (TAP) along with the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) have announced the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is a partnership of the Universities of Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue and is being funded as part of a $2.4 million grant secured from the DOD, Office of Economic Assistance. The goal of DMAP is to maintain and retain the critical manufacturing infrastructure, capacity and capabilities to meet national security priorities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — a region that is vital to our nation’s defense and security. In Indiana, DMAP helps small to mid-sized manufacturers find new markets, stabilize their businesses and implement diversification strategies by leveraging Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services and subject matter experts. Purdue MEP is now accepting inquires for DMAP partnership projects by Indiana defense manufacturers who meet the following criteria: small to medium size defense contractor (35-1000 employees) or supplier to the defense industry with at least 5 percent reduction in sales, production or employment within the past 24 months (or imminent threat of reduction in the immediate future), ability to cost share on projects (capped at $25,000) and a management team dedicated to diversification and growth. The DMAP MEP partnership focus areas are core strengthening, market diversification and new technology commercialization. Projects will be selected by Purdue MEP with an emphasis on projects with high-potential outcomes.

    About Purdue MEP

    The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a business unit of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP), provides high-value solutions to help Indiana businesses maximize their success by increasing profits, reducing costs and implementing growth systems. We serve more than 500 companies annually by implementing continuous improvement principles in the areas of productivity, growth and technology. Purdue MEP has helped our clients collectively achieve over $1 billion of economic impact since 2005.

    About PCRD

    The Purdue Center for Regional Development pioneers new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity, with four main program areas: Data for Decision Makers, Collaborative Leadership, Strategy and Planning, Economic Development and Business Growth. We have projects and programming in more than 50 Indiana communities and in 63 of the 92 counties across the state.

    DMAP Contacts

    John Blignaut Purdue TAP 317-275-6816 JohnBlignaut@purdue.edu Carolyn Hatch PCRD 765-496-6508 chatch@purdue.edu. Source Carolyn Hatch

  • NSWC Crane Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry Meeting

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is excited to be hosting its Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) meeting on 1 April 2015 at the WestGate Academy. This year’s theme is “Collaborating for Innovative, Lasting Solutions”. The purpose of the APBI meeting is to provide industry and academia with information on future NSWC Crane technology efforts, requirements, potential contract opportunities, and how to do business with NSWC Crane. The APBI forum provides presentation and discussion on how industry/academia and NSWC Crane can collaborate and build thriving partnerships to ensure future Warfighter success. The meeting will include presentations from senior leadership covering the three mission focus areas: Electronic Warfare, Special Missions, and Strategic Missions. Additional information and registration link is available at http://www.crane-apbi.com/. Date & Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Onsite Registration: 0700 – 0800 Meeting: 0800 – 1600 Location: WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562 Cost & Registration: There is no cost to attend this meeting; however, registration is required