Indy-DPW/IUPUI New Product Review Process Introduced

September 2009 Vol. 64 No. 9

Being a part of the new product review process will benefit IUPUI and its students in many ways. Students will gain professional experience while being financially compensated for their time. They will develop skills related to research, technical writing, technical presentations and team work, and will also have the opportunity to become more familiar with the DPW and various industries.

IUPUI has already received nearly 16 applications for the NPR Process, and is currently forming student review teams to work on the product reviews. Products currently on the list for review include storm water quality treatment units, steel piping and corrosion-resistant concrete.

Even though a product may get a favorable review from the student review teams, the city may choose to not allow the product for other reasons. Some products may need to go through more testing or field applications prior to approval. The city will retain the responsibility of approving or denying a product after final review.

The Indy-DPW/IUPUI NPR Process not only benefits students but also helps the city of Indianapolis and the DPW.

Steve Nielsen, DPW deputy director and chief engineer, says, “This collaborative process brings many advantages to the city including a working relationship with the university that provides for the streamlining of new product investigations and the utilization of the vast contact points the university brings to the table. Working with IUPUI will increase our technical base of knowledge and help us to understand how some new products have successfully been used in other locations throughout the United States and even the world.”

For more information about the Indy-DPW/IUPUI NPR Process, contact Dr. Tom Iseley at