The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

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Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana which is about 65 miles north of Indianapolis and 135 miles south of Chicago off of I-65.

CERIAS is located in the Convergence Center.
101 Foundry Drive
Suite 3800
West Lafayette, IN 47906

New CERIAS Offices Location

Local Weather

Plan on bringing the appropriate clothing for the area. Indiana can be hot in the summer, cold in the winter as well as everything else in between. Before traveling, check one of the online weather sites to be sure that you will be comfortable during your stay. Also, be sure to pack an umbrella for those unexpected rain showers.

Time Zone

We are in the Eastern time zone, along with New York, NY (-5:00 GMT) and the east coast of the United States.

Since 2006 Indiana observes Daylight Saving Time.

Getting to CERIAS


  • Indianapolis International Airport (code: IND) is the best choice and is serviced by most major airlines and their partner airlines. Directions for ground transportation can be found at the airport’s Ground Transportation Center.

    The Lafayette Limo shuttle bus departs Indianapolis International Airport daily every 2 hours between 6:30 AM, and 10:30 PM. The trip will take between 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes depending on traffic and your final destination in the Lafayette / West Lafayette area. Call (765) 497-3828 or check their website for more information. Reservations are encouraged especially around times when the campus is on break. The Lafayette Limo has pick-up/drop-off locations at the Purdue Memorial Union and Purdue West shopping center (near CERIAS).

    Alternatively, a car can be rented. A list of rental car companies can be found at the airport’s Ground Transportation Center. (please see driving instructions from Indianapolis)

  • Purdue University Airport (code: LAF) is less than 1 mile from campus and is available for private planes. It is currently not served by any commercial airlines.

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (code: ORD) is located approximately 140 miles north of Greater Lafayette and is approximately a 3 hour drive from the airport to Purdue. (please see driving instructions from Chicago)

    Shuttle Service: The Reindeer Shuttle bus departs Chicago O’Hare Airport during high demand periods such as Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, and Thanksgiving Break. Buses used by Reindeer Shuttle bus typically has leather seats, wooden floors, and complimentary WiFi. The trip takes 2 hours and 30 minutes depending on traffic and your final destination. Please visit for more information. The Reindeer Shuttle has pick-up/drop-off locations at Beau Jardin Apartments, Purdue Memorial Union, and Wiley Hall.

  • Chicago Midway International Airport (code: MDW) is located approximately 127 miles north of Greater Lafayette and is approximately a 2 hour and 23 minute drive from the airport to Purdue. (please see driving instructions from Chicago)


Purdue can be reached conveniently by car from a number of cities in the midwest, with most routes being through either Chicago or Indianapolis.


Parking near Convergence There is ample free 2 hour parking surrounding the Convergence Building. There is a paid surface parking lot south of the Convergence building.

Campus Parking During business hours, parking on campus is by permit only. To obtain a parking permit, contact Purdue Parking and Transportation.

Parking services is located at:

Phone: (765) 494-9497
700 Ahlers Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2012

Driving Directions Disclaimer These instructions are provided only as a convenience. All routes are not necessarily the fastest or shortest means possible but are among the easiest to follow. Traffic and road construction are considerations that should be taken into account when planning any trip. For those familiar with the West Lafayette area or looking for an alternate route, see one of the many online map services.

We recommend that you check the Indiana Department of Transportation page for listings of possible road construction at Travel conditions can be found at:

Driving Directions from the Indianapolis Airport (IND) (1hr 14min without traffic)

West Lafayette is approximately 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Directions on Google Maps

Driving Directions from Chicago O’hare Airport (ORD) (2hr 22mins without traffic)

West Lafayette is approximately 135 miles southeast of Chicago

Directions on Google Maps


Train service to Lafayette is available from Indianapolis, Chicago, and several other cities. The most likely connection is via Chicago, and is described below. For directions from other departure points, consult Amtrak’s site. To get to the Amtrak Station or Greyhound Bus Terminal in Chicago from O’Hare Airport, take the Continental Express Shuttle (773 454-7800) to Union Station, 225 Canal Street, Chicago. For assistance, Continental’s uniformed ticket agents are located in the baggage claims areas of terminals 1, 2, and 3 as well as outside U.S. Customs in Terminal 5. From Union Station, take the Amtrak train bound for Lafayette, IN. It would be advantageous to book a seat in advance. The toll-free number is (800) 872-7245.


Greyhound Bus services the Greater Lafayette area from Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and Indianapolis, and thence from other locales. Schedules and fares vary, so consult the Greyhound site or call 800-231-2222.


Local Hotels

Purdue Memorial Union Hotel

Conveniently located on campus at the corner of Grant and State Street, West Lafayette. Call (800) 320-6291 for information and reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn

356 East State Street, West Lafayette, IN. (3 blocks from campus) Call (765) 743-2100 for more information and reservations. Free shuttle service to Purdue. Printer, copy machine, internet service available. Swimming pool, hot tub.

Hampton Inn & Suites West Lafayette

160 Tapawingo Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906, USA TEL: +1-765-269-8000

Holiday Inn Select

515 South Street, Lafayette, IN. (5 minutes from campus) Call (800) 423-1137 for information and reservations.

Free shuttle service to Purdue.

Homewood Suites

3939 State Road 26, Lafayette, IN. (20 minute drive to Campus) Call (800) 225-5466 for information and reservations.

You can also find other hotels, motels, bed & breakfast accommodations, and campgrounds in the area by visiting the Visitor’s Bureau site at Visitor Bureau lodging.

Car Rentals & Local Transportation

There are several choices for ground transportation during your stay.


  • Four Star Taxi: (765) 742-8400

Rental Cars

  • Budget: (765) 743-3987 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 527-0700
  • National: (765) 743-8455 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 227-7368
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (765) 743-7858 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 736-8222

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