Rutgers is proud to be a member of a preeminent academic group whose roots are found in the elite research universities of the American Midwest. The Big Ten Academic Alliance is an academic consortium of 14 top-tier universities. These universities conduct more than $10 billion in funded research annually.
Rutgers & the Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities
Working on everything from improving outcomes for those injured in wars and cleaning up nuclear waste to developing more efficient electronics and traveling the globe to identify promising biofuels, Rutgers looks forward to continuing these research collaborations with other Alliance schools.
AFIRM comprises two civilian research consortia that work with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research to develop advanced treatment options for severely wounded servicemen and women. One is led by Rutgers and the Cleveland Clinic (Northwestern and the University of Michigan are in this consortium) and the other is led by Wake Forest University and the McGowan Institute.
Purdue and Rutgers colead this international research and education group involved in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security center to create methods and tools to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security. Purdue oversees an effort called VACCINE and the University of Illinois is a partner on the Rutgers initiative, CCICADA.
This U.S. Department of Energy-funded group advances cost-effective, safe cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons production facility waste sites. The consortium's members are Vanderbilt University (lead institution), Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, New York University School of Law, Oregon State University, Rutgers, University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The II-VI Foundation is supporting a joint initiative among Auburn, Purdue, and Rutgers universities that seeks to reduce energy consumption through greater electronics efficiency. The focus of the partnership is the advancement of silicon-carbide (SiC)-based electronics, which offer the potential for far greater efficiency in transistors that are essential to energy production and distribution.
Established by Rutgers and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the institute promotes ethical, natural product-based pharmacological bioexploration to benefit human health and the environment while fostering increased economic and educational activities in developing countries.
The Big Ten Academic Alliance's Library Initiatives focuses on optimizing members' access to library resources; saving money, time and space; and helping library staff work together to develop creative solutions to shared challenges.
These efforts translate into significant benefits for Rutgers students and faculty.
Every Alliance school employs accomplished scholars who earned academic degrees at Rutgers. And Rutgers is home to faculty with degrees from every school in the consortium. Among some notable connections:
Jack Bratich: Chair, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers; Ph.D. University of Illinois
Robert Denver: Chair, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan; B.S. Rutgers
Wheeler Winston Dixon: Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Department of English, University of Nebraska; B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Rutgers
Sanford Goldberg: Chair, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern; B.A. Rutgers
William Kirwan: Immediate Past Chancellor, University System of Maryland; M.A., Ph.D. Rutgers
Jens Ludwig: Director, Crime Lab, University of Chicago; B.A. Rutgers
Mark Riley: Department Head, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska; M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers
Stephanie Sanders: Associate Director, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University; M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers
Lea Stewart: Campus Dean, Livingston Campus, Rutgers; Ph.D. Purdue
Carl Van Horn: Founding Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers; Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Wise Young: Founding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers; Ph.D. Iowa