Posted March 3, 2009

Engineering prof awarded $1.6 million grant from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Rominder Suri (second from right) has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to establish the Center for Pennsylvania Environmental Technologies for the Pharmaceutical Industry (PEPTI) in Temple’s College of Engineering. The center will offer technological support to the pharmaceutical industry in the Delaware Valley and make Temple a worldwide hub for research and development dealing with the green manufacture of medicines.

Michel Boufadel, Keya Sadeghipour, Rebecca Bagley,Rominder Suri and Larry Lemanski
Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University
Rebecca Bagley (center), deputy secretary of technology investment for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, presented the $1.6 million grant to Suri and Temple Senior Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives Larry Lemanski (right) during a campus ceremony on Feb. 9. Suri said the center “will be developing cost and energy efficient technologies with a goal of having an economic impact — both on new and existing companies. The vision is to create a technology hub, of global prominence, in the region to make Pennsylvania more attractive to the pharmaceutical, engineering design and equipment manufacturing industries.” Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania assisted Temple in the development of the PEPTI proposal. Also pictured are Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair Michel Boufadel (left) and College of Engineering Dean Keya Sadeghipour (second from left).