Purdue University Uses Big Data to Defeat Pandemic Shutdowns

Purdue University

Industry: Education

"We were already using VMware Greenplum as a gray box for all sorts of data at the university. We used it to make a contact tracing system that considers all the wireless access point logs, to see where and when students are co-located for long periods of time."


Ian Pytlarz, Lead Data Scientist, Institutional Data Analytics + Assessment, Purdue University

Purdue University Uses Big Data to Defeat Pandemic Shutdowns

Based in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University is one of the largest public universities in the U.S., delivering undergraduate and graduate instruction to more than 49,000 students. Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University used VMware Greenplum, a big data analytics and warehouse solution, to create a powerful contract tracing system that helped the university bring students back to campus for a safe, in-person learning experience.