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In 2015, countries adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Engineering selection, adaptation, and invention is central to all 17, as “…the single most important reason why prosperity spread, and why it continues to spread, is the transmission of technology and ideas underlying them.” (Sachs, 2005)
Purdue University is uniquely capable of advancing these goals, as a world-class research university in Indiana known for discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and more. It boasts three top-ten ranked colleges, along with Discovery Park, the $1+ billion hub for interdisciplinary research.
The Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab was thus founded to convene and catalyze consortia matching world-class capability with the most pressing global challenges. In the words of Leah H. Jamieson, The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, “The I2D Lab captures the essence of the Purdue Engineering Strategic Plan: students effective in a global context, research of global significance, empowering our people, enriching our culture, expanding our notion of community to include not only our role in the state, but in the global community.” A growing endowment helps support I2D’s mission.
For sustainable success, I2D insists on market-based approaches, diverse collaboration, and scalability. Already, a low-cost medical diagnostic innovation has garnered a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration grant. A revolutionary supply chain and logistics system is being developed for partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The Purdue Utility Platform (PUP), a widely affordable highly capable vehicle, has spun off a company and received several African orders. In summer 2016, I2D co-hosted 25 business leaders and entrepreneurs through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Our mechanisms include the award of internal seed grants, external grant writing, program development and management, and capacity building. Our model is below.