One executive is expected to help Indiana companies continue their transition into next-generation digital technologies. The other will develop and direct programs that help secondary and post-secondary students, as well as adult workers.
Much of the research at the hub—located at Purdue's Research Park—will be done in partnership with government agencies, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, and private-sector companies.
Proprietary manufacturing jobs—such as those in the aerospace, automotive and life sciences sectors—are likely to even grow as employers seek talent and quality control. But lower-skilled basic production work is on its way out to international markets like China, India and Mexico, where wages are a fraction as expensive.