Purdue, Chrysler partner on research, education

In this July 22, 2011 photo, the Chrysler logo is displayed at a car dealership in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Chrysler Group and Purdue University have forged a partnership in which they’ll share research and development and provide learning opportunities for Purdue students and employees of the automaker.

The agreement calls for Chrysler to provide $1.2 million for seven Purdue research projects to design and improve the automaker’s manufacturing processes. It also will create internship and co-op programs for Purdue students at Chrysler plants in nearby Kokomo and elsewhere, as well as distance-education programs for Chrysler workers worldwide.

The grant is part of partnership between Purdue and Chrysler that began two years ago. Landscape architecture students have worked at several Chrysler plants in Indiana, and the company now is recruiting interior design students.

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