• PFW Spring Career Fair and NEW Tuesday Talent Launch

    Please see attached flier for the 2020 Spring Mastodon Career Fair at Purdue University Fort Wayne.  The event is planned for Thursday, April 2 from 1230 PM until 330 PM in the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.  If you would like additional information, please check out the web page HERE.

    We are also starting a new program called Tuesday Talent Launch (view flier here), in which we will host employers looking to connect with Purdue Fort Wayne students for part-time jobs or internships. There is no fee to reserve a table, and employers are limited to participating twice per semester. The events will take place every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of Kettler Hall, and Career Services will publicize the names of companies attending each week.

    If you would like to participate in Tuesday Talent Launch or the Spring Career Fair, please contact Renan Reilly, program coordinator, at renan.reilly@pfw.edu or 260-481-0121 to reserve your space.

    And, as always, feel free to pass this information along to your colleagues and other businesses.

    Sean Ryan

    Director, Office of Engagement
    Purdue University Fort Wayne
    Indiana University
    Purdue University
    Office:  260-481-0286
    Cell:  260-452-4318
    E-mail:  ryans@pfw.edu

  • Cyber Security Forum at Ivy Tech

    Meet academic, industry and law enforcement experts for intimate discussions about cyber threats, trends and technologies. This even is free and open to the public.

    When & Where:
    February 28, 2020 from 6-9pm
    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Coliseum Campus Auditorium
    3800 North Anthony Blvd.
    Fort Wayne, IN

    Presenters will include:

    • Special Agents from the FBI Cybercrime Unit will be discussing cybercrime and how it affects everyone
    • Dark Rhino Information Security will be speaking about what every company needs to know about Cybersecurity and protecting their company and customers
    • Information Security Officers from Parkview Health will be speaking about what every individual needs to know about the internet, cybersecurity and protecting themselves

    Presentations will be followed by an open discussion where questions can be posed to the panel of presenters.

    Hosted by:
    Ivy Tech School of Information Security and the Information Technology Club

  • Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    December 9, 2019

    Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    WASHINGTON – The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report was filed with the Rules Committee tonight. Rep. Banks submitted and fought for language to be included in the report that directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) with a university consortium.
    As a conferee of the conference committee, Rep. Banks signed the Conference Report before it was filed. The report received bipartisan and bicameral support.

    “Hypersonics is crucial to our global competition with China. I am proud of Indiana’s contributions to this important research and their close partnerships with the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Jim Banks. “This is one of many wins for Hoosiers in the NDAA. I look forward to sharing these wins when the package comes to the floor for a final vote.”

    The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office language in the NDAA strengthens the partnership between the DOD and universities by creating a hypersonics consortium. The JHTO will ensure that hypersonics research and development efforts throughout the Department of Defense are well-coordinated and will also strengthen connections between the DOD with ongoing research efforts in academia.

    The language establishes a runway for Indiana universities like Purdue and Notre Dame to apply their decades of hypersonics expertise to ongoing projects within the Department of Defense.

    Hypersonics is a crucial technology to compete with global adversaries like China, who have invested heavily in similar technologies.

    This year’s NDAA is historic, supporting $738 billion for our national defense.

    “President Trump deserves enormous credit for his leadership rebuilding our military and ensuring the U.S. defense apparatus is ready for the 21st century,” said Rep. Banks.

    Rep. Banks is the only Hoosier member of the Armed Services Committees in Congress and co-chairs the Future of Defense Task Force. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities as well as the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.

  • Rep. Banks Announces Release of Reagan Task Force Report on Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base


    December 4, 2019

    Rep. Banks Announces Release of Reagan Task Force Report on Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –This week, the Reagan Institute’s Reagan Task Force released a report outlining its recommendations to strengthen America’s National Security Innovation Base (NSIB). The report, the “Contest for Innovation: Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base in an Era of Strategic Competition,” addresses key challenges facing the Department of Defense (DoD) as it prepares for the future constructs of warfare. Rep. Jim Banks’ served as Commissioner on the Reagan Task Force for nearly a year and his input was critical in shaping the report and its recommendations.

    “The Reagan Task Force’s report is the product of a year’s worth of hard-work from some of the defense community’s sharpest minds. Policymakers will look to this report to equip the U.S. military to rapidly respond to a changing defense landscape. It was an honor to work on this important Task Force and prepare the United States for the new, emerging national security challenges as we enter an era of Great Power Competition.” said Rep. Banks.


    The Task Force was co-chaired by former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work. Representatives Andy Kim (D-NJ), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) all served on the Task Force with Rep. Jim Banks.

    Rep. Banks applauds the Task Force’s focus on espionage risks posed by foreign exchange student involvement in Department of Defense (DoD) funded research projects. Rep. Banks’ Protect our Universities Act of 2019 mitigates that risk by requiring exchange students from adversarial nations to receive waivers from the Director of National Intelligence in order to work on DoD funded projects.

    The report also found that emerging research, such as hypersonic weapons, must be prioritized by the National Security Innovation Base. Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to several key defense research technologies, such as electronic warfare tools and hypersonics research. Hoosiers lead in defense innovation and the Task Force found that the DoD’s research partnerships with Purdue were exemplary, recommending similar partnerships throughout the country.


    • A “National Security Innovation Committee,” a new U.S. government interagency coordinating body responsible for enabling, developing, guiding, and safeguarding the NSIB.
    • A national “STEM Corps,” where students receive free university tuition in national-security-relevant fields and commit to spending several years working within a component of the NSIB ecosystem.
    • A “National Security Innovation Base Visa” that would encourage appropriately vetted, highly skilled foreign workers to contribute their education and talents to the benefit of the NSIB.
    • A “Partnership for a Strong Innovation Base,” a new international framework to help the NSIB capitalize on the capabilities of the United States’ most trusted allies.
    • A number of reforms to the way the Department of Defense does business, with the goal of acculturating its technology acquisition to the more risk-positive nature of the NSIB and driving incentives for private-sector actors to participate more purposefully and robustly in the NSIB.

    Read the report HERE

  • Reminder: Register for the All-Member meeting on December 2nd

    Reminder – if you haven’t done so, please register now for our next All-Member meeting on December 2nd, 5pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  After the meeting, please plan to stay for a court-side reception at the Mad Ants basketball game. We’ve invited STEM students and faculty reps from local universities as well. This is a great opportunity to meet local talent and build a talent pipeline for your company!

    Register at the link below: