First Tuesday at WestGate

First Tuesday at WestGate

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM) (CST)


About PARI:

The Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI) is a nonprofit entity that extends the reach and impact of Purdue University’s deep research strengths and top-ranked academic programs in engineering, agriculture, science and technology. PARI works to improve national security, global development, infrastructure solutions and to accelerate critical technologies. Through applied research and program personnel, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, PARI significantly enhances Purdue’s ability to translate discoveries into innovative solutions and services for mission-oriented government, industry, NGO and foundation partners.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Mark J. Lewis is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Purdue Applied Research Institute LLC (PARI), the non-profit research arm of Purdue University, created to apply advanced technologies to tackle critical challenges in national security, infrastructure, and economic prosperity.

Prior to this position, Dr. Lewis was the Executive Director of the Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), a non-partisan think tank sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association. Dr. Lewis joined NDIA following his service as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering in the Department of Defense, overseeing technology modernization for all Services and DOD Agencies, as well as the acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In that role he was the Pentagon’s senior-most scientist, managing a $17B budget that included DARPA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Innovation Unit, the Space Development Agency, as well as the Federally-funded Research and Development Centers, and the department’s basic and applied research portfolio.

Read more about Mark Lewis Here

Join us for an hour of snacks, drinks and networking immediately following the presentation.

Come early and enjoy our coworking space for free before the event.

If you have any questions, please email Samantha Nelson, Program Manager, Purdue @ WestGate, at





WestGate Academy
13598 East WestGate Drive
Odon, IN 47562 United States
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM) (CST)

4-6pm EST

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