Campus to Community Connections



The Purdue Fort Wayne Office of Engagement matches the expertise and intellectual property of Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue, and Indiana Universities to the regional needs of northeast Indiana to enhance economic development and quality of life improvements. The office serves as a key outreach liaison for business, industry, government, and community partnerships in the region.

About Us

The Purdue Fort Wayne Office of Engagement is a business and community outreach effort based in northeast Indiana.  The office is a partnership between three universities - Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue University, and Indiana University – to serve the needs of the northeast Indiana region.

The purpose of the office is to enhance the competitiveness of our regional businesses and drive economic, workforce, and community development initiatives in northeast Indiana utilizing the resources of the university partners by providing a direct access to resources in the following areas:

  • Research capabilities (sponsored research and grant collaborations, SBIR/STTR, BAA)
  • Intellectual Property (IU and Purdue Licensing Opportunities)
  • Technical assistance (Purdue TAP, lab facilities, faculty assistance, and student projects)
  • Internships, co-operative education, and student hiring
  • Workforce development programs and corporate training opportunities
  • Seminars, outreach, and networking events

Areas from the Purdue TAP Program, where 40-hours of externally-funded (free) technical assistance is available to companies operating in Indiana, to licensing of inventions developed in university labs, to faculty research partnerships in SBIR/STTR and other grant programs, custom training, and student hiring opportunities can be accessed by northeast Indiana companies through this office.


Sean Ryan

Director, Office of Engagement


Jean Eisaman

Project Manager, Office of Engagement

  • Address: Purdue Fort Wayne
    2101 E. Coliseum Blvd
    Fort Wayne, IN  46805 
  • Phone: 260-481-6489
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