Lord Kelvin, Henry Ford and Pete Drucker are all credited with noteworthy quotes pointing out that in order to understand and improve something, we must first be able to measure it. Though seldom appreciated, new advances in science and technology often hinge on developments in our ability to measure something. With a long history of excellence in analytical chemistry and the development of new analytical instruments, Indiana University has teamed up with both Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame to create the Indiana Consortium for Analytical Science & Engineering (ICASE), a triumvirate that fosters interuniversity research cooperation and works together with researchers from industry and government to create and explore new opportunities in measurement science. Chris Welch, ICASE
Christopher J. Welch, the Executive Director of ICASE, comes to the role with a wealth of experience in industrial research and development and the commercialization of new research technologies. “I’m really excited about the ICASE mission”, notes Welch. “We have a phenomenal team of researchers across these Indiana universities, and we now have some very exciting projects underway working with great companies like Eli Lilly, Corteva, IBRI, Agilent, Abbvie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Merck, Exxon Mobil, Genentech, Sartorius and Takeda. We’re exploring everything from wearable sensors, machine learning enabled analytical devices and new kinds of mass spectroscopy to developing rapid point of care COVID diagnostics and novel ways to measure and estimate the lifetime of new chemical entities. We have a real opportunity to establish the state of Indiana as THE key place for important innovations in measurement science and technology, and I hope that students, faculty and especially alumni will work together with us to help achieve this vision”.
Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Welch at Chris.Welch@ICASE.center to share ideas and suggestions on how the ICASE network can work together with you and/or your company to address current challenges and pursue new opportunities in measurement science.