Signature Areas

The College of Technology has a reputation for its strength in instruction and applied research — applying technology to real-world needs. Making things better is the driving force behind our research efforts.
Current signature areas of applied research within the college include:

Technology and Life Sciences

We are using computational and technological methods to study biological phenomena at the molecular level. Current research includes computational genomics, biotechnology, computational life sciences, and information systems in support of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences industry. We also have faculty focused on scanning probe microscopy techniques for applications in biology and medicine.

Security and Forensics

Security is defined as the detection of, and protection from, activities that would cause harm to processes, systems, or groups. Forensics is the application of scientific methods for the recovery, authentication, and analysis of data and events. We are working to improve cyberforensics, computer network security and biometrics.

Advanced Manufacturing

We are finding ways to apply technology to improve the production and distribution of manufactured goods. This includes such areas as materials, methods, manufacturing processes and distributions, flexible manufacturing systems, integration and automation of manufacturing operations and product lifecycle management.


We are constantly striving to improve the integration, coordination, and deployment of information technology and people to pursue novel scientific theories and knowledge. This area involves computationally intensive science that is carried out in highly distributed network environments or science that uses immense data sets that require grid computing.

Energy and Sustainability

Our faculty are taking a systematic approach to addressing the sustainable delivery, production, and consumption of energy, using new and current technologies and considering their environmental impacts.

STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

STEM Education in the College of Technology at Purdue University promotes pre-school through grade 12 student understanding of technology and engineering in formal and informal settings. Through a comprehensive research program, the initiative seeks to develop and disseminate practices proven successful in:

  • Providing access to a broadly diverse population
  • Increasing interest in engineering and technology
  • Improving student academic achievement
  • Promoting student learning of engineering and technology
  • Developing a STEM literate population

Through these foci, the initiative seeks to play a leadership role on the national and international level to inform policy and develop and participate in sustainable communities.