Indy-DPW/IUPUI New Product Review Process Introduced

September 2009 Vol. 64 No. 9

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has signed an agreement with the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the city of Indianapolis to provide technical evaluation of new products and services via the New Product Review (NPR) Process at the university’s Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. The Indy-DPW / IUPUI NPR Process will be implemented under the direction of Dr. Tom Iseley, professor and director of the Construction Engineering Management Technology (CEMT) program at IUPUI.

Because Indianapolis is continually updating or adding to its infrastructure, new products are frequently introduced to the city. These are often products that deal with sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure systems. Previously the city’s new product review process was handled by outside consultants, but now IUPUI will provide new product evaluations resulting in lower costs, shorter review times and other benefits for both the university and the city.

“The Indy-DPW/IUPUI NPR process is just one step in transforming our university from just an urban amenity to a real urban asset,” said Dr. Tom Iseley. “This collaboration will benefit the city and our university in various ways. Most importantly, it will provide our students with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills through professional experience that will benefit them in the future.”

Product review process
This type of collaboration is unique, but the concept is promoted by CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. In the new product review process, small student review teams will perform a technical review of a new product or service seeking approval for utilization by the city of Indianapolis. Undergraduate student review teams will be supervised by a team captain who is a graduate student, and each team will work with a faculty member who has expertise in the area of the product being reviewed. The total process will be monitored and supported by the IUPUI NPR leadership team which consists of a director, assistant director, CEMT lab manager, graduate student and research associate. The new product review includes development of a thorough technical report. Once the technical review is complete, students will report their findings to Indy-DPW in a formal presentation.