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Purdue University, for the first time, has been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The only university among Fast Company magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Most Innovative Companies, No. 16 Purdue follows OpenAI (at No. 1, developer of ChatGPT and Dall-E) and leads NASA (No. 17) and The Walt Disney Company (No. 25) as organizations “paving the way for the innovations of tomorrow” and “setting the standard with some of the greatest accomplishments of the modern world.” Overall, the list acknowledges 540 organizations across 54 categories and regions around the world.
Media contact: Christy McCarter,

Heather Penney, a Purdue graduate and former D.C. Air National Guard fighter pilot, shares her incredible story from 9/11, when she was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice with her flight lead, Marc Sasseville. Penney reflects on the events of that historic day, from being selected to complete the mission to stop the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 to being grounded after hours of time in the air to how she feels about that day now.
Media contact: Kate Young,

A team led by Purdue University’s Bruce Applegate has developed a new time-saving assay to detect an especially severe strain of E. coli in ground beef. The new assay has promising implications for nations in Africa, South America and elsewhere that have fewer resources than the U.S. to invest in food safety.
Media contact: Maureen Manier,

Purdue researchers have developed a method that turns bricks, concrete panels and drywall into materials that store thermal energy, reducing energy consumption of heating and cooling buildings.
Media contact: Steve Martin,

Family and friends celebrated Purdue Global’s Winter 2023 Commencement on Saturday (Feb. 25) at the City National Grove of Anaheim in California. Nearly 1,000 candidates received their degrees during two in-person ceremonies and one virtual ceremony.
Media contact: Matthew Oates,


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