Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) Established to Solve Real World Problems for DoD and Industry

The Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) is an applied research institute that was established out of a need to solve real world problems that impact the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry but to do it in a different, faster, more efficient and cost effective way. IN3 brings together the best minds in government, industry and academia to work on cutting-edge technology like trusted microelectronics. IN3 is also backed by an all-star board that is of the highest level to get projects connected to the right people, while cutting through the usual bureaucracy.

Bringing together a board that is comprised of top leaders from government, industry and academia, provides us with a comprehensive view of how our projects will impact lives in a number of ways, whether it is the warfighter or the patient wearing a medical device.


  • Governor Eric Holcomb
  • General Gene Renuart, USAF (Ret.) – Chairman and CEO, Indiana Innovation Institute (Executive Committee)
  • Phil Burkholder, Executive Vice President, Defense Global Manufacturing, Assembly and Test, Rolls-Royce
  • Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University
  • Steve Ferguson, Chairman, Cook Group (past advisory board chairman, Executive Committee)
  • Dr. Michael McRobbie, President, Indiana University (Executive Committee)
  • Melanie Walker, President and CEO, Tsuchiya Group North America, TASUS Corporation
  • Tina Peterson, CEO, Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ex-officio)
  • Jeff Quyle, President and CEO, Radius Indiana (ex-officio)

We have also assembled some of the best and brightest leaders and partners, to help us accomplish our innovation mission.


It all started in 2015, when a group of business and community leaders in Southwest Central Indiana developed a strategic plan to enhance regional economic development initiatives in an 11-county region. By the end of that year, one of three initiatives was identified as the Applied Research Institute (ARI), which is now known as the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3). ARI was formed to provide more efficient technology transfer and commercialization for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, government, industry and research universities.

ARI was established through a $16,225,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s supporting foundation, CICP Foundation Inc., as part of a larger $42 million grant for organizations to enhance economic prosperity, collaboration and growth across Southwest Central Indiana. In 2017, ARI was formed and officially launched in August of that year. In 2018, ARI became the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3).


IN3 is engaged in a number of projects including trusted microelectronics, hypersonics and electro-optics. Learn more about our projects.