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Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IU, Crane sign educational partnership

Sept. 28, 2011

CRANE, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced this morning (Sept. 28) that IU has formalized an educational partnership with Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane).

Crane Signing

IU President Michael A. McRobbie (left) and Duane Embree, technical director of Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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The partnership, made official during a signing ceremony at Crane, is expected to result in a wide range of collaborative efforts in several key areas, including informatics and computing, cybersecurity, technology transfer, kinesiology, optics, intellectual property research and regional economic development.

"This agreement marks the continued development of what we hope will be a long-term, collaborative relationship between IU and Crane," McRobbie said. "It unites IU's renowned teaching, research and development resources with initiatives here at Crane that are critical to the defense, protection and security of Indiana and the nation, and it extends our existing partnerships."

In recent years, IU and Crane have engaged in collaborations in public management and administration, energy and matter, chemistry, and physics, as well as in engineering programs on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Under the new agreement, IU and Crane will seek to provide IU students with educational experiences working with Crane professionals, facilities and equipment. In turn, Crane employees will have opportunities to take advantage of IU's comprehensive baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.

Kirk White, IU assistant vice president for engagement, will serve as IU's liaison to Crane under the agreement.

"The broad goal is for IU, as a major research university working in collaboration with Crane, to help make Crane stronger among Department of Defense research facilities while providing additional partnering opportunities for IU faculty and students," White said.

Located in Crane, Ind., which is approximately 25 minutes southwest of Bloomington, NSWC Crane supports electronic, engineering and ordnance needs of the U.S. Navy and other military customers.