SPIRIT - Current Industry Partners

SPIRIT is proud to have many partners who have already committed numerous benefits that strengthen the programs and/or SPIRIT's ability to reach potential participants. To view the detailed support provided by individual partners, click the view details line. If you are interested in joining our support team as an industry partner, please use the Become a Partner link under the Industry menu group.

Industry Partner

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $5.92 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

SPIRIT was made possible through the generous funding provided by NSF's ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) program.

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IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key business partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable companies to take full advantage of the on demand era. For more information about IBM, visit their website.

IBM and Purdue University are partnering up to change the negative perceptions of women in the technology industry and generate interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for young females.

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Prentice Hall is the world's largest publisher of academic and reference textbooks, publishing in areas spanning the higher education curriculum.

Prentice Hall is happy to support the SPIRIT project. We firmly believe that Alice is an important tool that introduces students to programming in an appealing way. We support SPIRIT's approach of using Alice across the STEM disciplines to teach this important characteristic of IT.

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Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $715 million on sales of $11.4 billion in 2006.

Cummins’ support to SPIRIT includes support for Gail Farnsley to serve as a Visiting Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department for a period of two years. In this role, Gail will begin a new program in Technology and Society in hopes of spreading the benefits of information technology even more widely.

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  Purdue College of Technology

Purdue's College of Technology began with a strong vision to provide excellent applicationoriented degree programs as a key component of Purdue’s land grant mission. Today, the school’s faculty is comprised of exemplary teachers, accomplished scholars, and professional leaders. Strong industrial ties and close interdisciplinary partnerships between the school’s departments have also built a strong foundation for the school‘s work today while shaping the vision for tomorrow.

Purdue's College of Technology fully supports SPIRIT through its support of several faculty a staff members on the SPIRIT team, including Alka Harriger, Kyle Lutes, Toni Munguia, Melissa Dark, and Gail Farnsley. Additional support has been provided by the college's marketing staff who created the design for the SPIRIT brand.

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  Purdue College of Science

The mission of the Purdue University College of Science is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of knowledge in the basic and applied sciences, learning through education and the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and engagement through the exchange of scientific skills and understanding.

Purdue's College of Science supports the SPIRIT project through the work of one of its faculty, Buster Dunsmore.

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Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, began with the vision of a computer on every desk and in every home. Thirty years ago this seemed impossible. Today, for the more than 1 billion people who have access to technology, life has changed profoundly: Information is more readily available, connections are more easily made, and commercial trade is more efficient and accessible.

Microsoft also has a very long standing commitment to education, working to help learners and educators around the world. We are continuing to invest in education programs at all levels and have created products specifically to meet the needs of students and academic communities.

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  Ladies of PwC

These women are members of the Technology Talent Team, a group of Advisory practitioners who possess skills related to technology and are capable of delivering technology consulting and solutions across the enterprise.

These ladies believe in the need to improve the IT gender gap so strongly that they are personally donating their time and funds to make SPIRIT successful.

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