To strengthen small manufacturing for the defense industry

Knudsen Named a Phase 1 MAKEITPrize Winner for Project 81!

The Knudsen Institute

Applied Research
on Surge Theory

Surge Theory

Surge Theory studies how to rapidly scale resources during a crisis, with an emphasis on preparedness. 

Why It Matters

In the defense context, surge capacity can – and usually does – spell the difference between victory and disaster.


The Knudsen Institute seeks to enhance the surge capacity of the U.S. defense industrial base. We do this by identifying and integrating small- and medium-sized manufacturers via emerging technology, workforce, and policy solutions.

Active Research Projects

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The Data Mine

At Purdue University, The Knudsen Institute is sponsoring two projects in the upcoming 2023-2024 semesters.

Autonomous Data Engine

The development of an autonomous data engine that is continuously collecting data from a variety of sources.

Project 81

Project 81 is developing innovative ways to support workforce development for small manufacturers. 

Make a Difference!

Get Involved

The Knudsen Institute brings together a robust team of subject matter experts. From the Defense Industrial Base to AI to Logistics to Supply Chain to Economic Development to Advanced Manufacturing, we have leaders from around the country committed and actively engaged.


Collaborate with us to drive solutions for the defense industrial base.


Contribute to our work to strengthen America’s defense industrial base


Join forces with us to shape the future of defense readiness and surge capacity.


Support our work on surge theory through strategic sponsorship opportunities.