Pest management professionals in the urban and industrial environment
are challenged with
various issues regarding the design and implementation of sound,
management solutions. These challenges are being identified and
met by the joint efforts of
the industrial and academic research community, as facilitated by
the Industrial Affiliates
Program at Purdue's Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management.
Affiliates Program was established to assist the urban pest management
meeting research and education needs for the 21st century.
The Industrial Affiliates Program serves the industry by being
a catalyst and facilitator of
collaborative efforts. In addition to promoting research interactions
academic boundaries, the program also acts as a communications bridge,
information to Affiliate members via meetings once or twice per year.
The Industrial Affiliates Program is membership-based, and designed
to promote greater
participation by industry in the Center's research activities. Current
members include Dow
AgroSciences, BASF, Bayer
Environmental Science, DuPont, and FMC. An Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from full-member firms, helps
to guide the Industrial Affiliates Program. The Board shares the responsibility for shaping
the philosophies underlying the programs undertaken by the Industrial Affiliates
Program. Specifically, the Board:
- identifies and prioritizes research needs
- develops joint research projects
- identifies corporate personnel to participate in or review research
- identifies issues and develops programs for their resolution
- develops educational activities to deliver IPM technologies
- assists in recruiting and retaining students in the discipline
- counsels educators in developing future programs of study
For more information on the Industrial Affiliates Program, contact
Dr. Grzesiek Buczkowski or see his research website, Ant Behavioral Ecology and Genetics Laboratory.