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As part of his administration’s efforts to highlight the importance of research and development to the University as well as to foster dialogue with the faculty and research communities, Chancellor Marty Meehan addressed a breakfast meeting hosted by the UML Nanomanufacturing Center (CHN/NCOE) at Kitson Hall on Sept. 12. More than 50 center members, collaborators, and staff were on hand for the event.
In his remarks, Meehan acknowledged the Center for being a catalyst for economic development in the region and praised the faculty for educating the nanomanufacturing work force of the future. He also recognized the need to attract and retain good graduate students to support research endeavors.
In addition, he stressed the need to generate collaboration with industry and other universities to provide sufficient funding to support and grow UML’s Nanomanufacturing Center. He envisions the new nano/bio-manufacturing building to be a signature, state-of-the-art “green” building with a prominent location on UML North.
During the past academic year, the center had been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants and more than $1 million in industry and technology-transfer funding.
Profs. Julie Chen, Joey Mead, and Carol Barry, co-directors of the Nanomanufacturing Center, foresee more successful major collaborative efforts in the coming years as researchers take on a multidisciplinary approach. This enables them to tackle more complex projects and helps facilitate the awarding of larger, more substantial grants.