Purdue University receives award from U.S. Defense Security Service

Monday, April 11, 2016


WEST LAFAYETTE,  – 

Purdue University has been selected to receive the 2015 Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence, one of three recipients out of more than 13,000 eligible contractor facilities. The award is given to those defense contractors that best demonstrate the ability to stop foreign theft of U.S. defense technology.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels received the award from the Defense Security Service director Daniel E. Payne on Monday (April 11) during a ceremony at Purdue. The award was given in recognition of the university’s enhanced security of export-controlled information.

“Purdue’s strong and lasting research partnerships with sponsors from defense and industry require tight control over sponsor information,” Daniels said. “We are well positioned to take on increased research opportunities with defense and industry agencies due to the efforts of our faculty and staff, and I am honored to accept this award from DSS on behalf of Purdue.”

Purdue faculty and graduate students perform vital research with defense partners like the Department of the Navy to advance alternative energy technologies and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to translate technology innovations into new products. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Visual and Data Analytics has been active at Purdue since 2009. Rolls-Royce became the first partner to join the Purdue Research Park Aerospace District and innovation in advanced manufacturing is progressing through a partnership between General Electric and Purdue.

Last year the university received more than $171 million dollars in sponsored funding for defense, industry and foundation research. While much of that research is fundamental and publishable, a small but significant portion of the research is proprietary and subject to U.S. export control laws.

Payne, a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as DSS director on March 21, 2016. As director he leads the agency in its mission to support national security and the warfighter, secure the nation's technological base, and oversee the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information in the hands of industry. 

Sources: Mitch Daniels, president@purdue.edu

Suresh Garimella, Purdue executive vice president for research and partnerships, 765-494-6209, sureshg@purdue.edu

Mary Millsaps, Purdue research information assurance officer, 765-494-0702, millsaps@purdue.edu 

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