Curators break ground for S&T research building expansion, approve name change

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On April 18, 2024

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Members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators and Missouri S&T leaders participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Applied Research Center on April 18. From left, Richard Brow, S&T’s executive director of operations for the Kummer Institute; Kamal Khayat, S&T’s vice chancellor for research and innovation; Curator Robert Fry; UM President Mun Choi; Curator Jeanne Sinquefield; David Borrok, vice provost and dean of S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing; Curator Robin Wenneker; S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani; Curator Keith Holloway; Curator Jeffrey Layman; Curator Todd Graves; Curator Michael Williams; S&T Provost Colin Potts; Curator Robert Fry; Tim Faley, interim vice provost and dean of S&T’s Kummer College; Mehrzad Boroujerdi, vice provost and dean of S&T’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; and Fred Stone, S&T’s associate vice chancellor of facility planning and operations. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T

The University of Missouri Board of Curators and university leaders broke ground today (Thursday, April 18) to celebrate a major expansion and renovation of a research complex on Missouri University of Science and Technology’s campus in Rolla.

The board also voted to change the name of the facility from Engineering Research Laboratory to Applied Research Center. The change reflects the facility’s evolution from a traditional laboratory setting to a hub of innovation, partnership and discovery that fosters a collaborative research environment.

“This facility is an integral part of our continuous efforts to enhance Missouri S&T’s research capabilities and infrastructure,” says Dr. Mo Dehghani, chancellor of Missouri S&T. “The new name will embody the forward-thinking and applied research initiatives that are the hallmark of S&T’s contribution to the world of science, engineering and technology.”

The Applied Research Center will feature state-of-the-art facilities, including a 33,000 square-foot addition and extensive renovations to support the complex and interdisciplinary nature of modern applied research.

During the board’s meeting, Dehghani updated the curators on Missouri S&T highlights, which included recognizing a student and an employee for administering lifesaving CPR to a student earlier this semester.

The curators also approved Missouri S&T’s strategic plan, following a presentation by Dr. Colin Potts, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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