At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the expertise and resources in nanoscale science and engineering, coupled with the desire by the IUPUI researchers from diverse disciplines to develop nanotechnology-based systems that address major societal and economic needs, have constituted the main driving forces for the establishment of the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI).
The words defining the Institute’s name best describe its main goals and objectives. Specifically, Integrated stands for three levels of integration, or that of 1) people and 2) resources, resulting in 3) Integrated Nanosystems, the Development of which for biomedical, energy, environmental, information technology, and other targeted application areas constitutes the main aim of the Institute.
Realization of nanotechnology-based systems requires interdisciplinary approaches, which are realized through the confluence of disciplines, including science, engineering, and medicine. On the IUPUI campus, the convergence of expertise and know-how from these disciplines has resulted in the existence of INDI.