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David Mills and Ali Jafari

Ideas into action

A collaboration of an IUPUI faculty member and his student (researcher Ali Jafari and graduate David Mills of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology) that created a successful spinoff company has become part of the largest technology transfer transaction in Indiana University history.

Washington, D.C.-based Blackboard Inc. has purchased ANGEL Learning (featured in a story about Mills in IUPUI Magazine in the Winter 2007 issue) for $95 million. ANGEL is an acronym for "A New Global Environment for Learning" and was designed by Jafari and Mills (a 1999 graduate) as a course-and-content management system focusing on Internet classwork.

ANGEL Learning produces the software developed by the two men in IUPUI’s Cyber Lab, directed by Jafari. ANGEL Learning is based in Indianapolis.