In another step toward Tier One status, the University of Texas at Arlington will receive $7.5 million from the state's Permanent University Fund toward the formation of a three-part research technologies institute, UT System regents decided Monday.
The Institute for Research Technologies, a $25.2 million endeavor, is designed to "transform research capabilities and [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education throughout the UT System and Texas," the university said in a news release.
UT Arlington's co-collaborator is Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry. The institute will include three centers: the existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the new Center for Imaging and the new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.
“The institute will provide unlimited opportunities for scientific discovery for students, faculty members and private sector partners not only at UT Arlington but also nearby UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center," UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa said in a statement.
UT Arlington President James Spaniolo said the partnership "positions UT Arlington to become a global leader in scientific discovery and will pay untold dividends in the opportunities it affords students and vital industries.
A philanthropic commitment from Shimadzu last spring allowed UT Arlington to establish the center for advanced analytical chemistry. The Institute for Research Technologies will be made possible by an additional $18.5 million equipment purchase from Shimadzu.
The institute is meant to foster innovation across a variety of disciplines and will involve research teams from the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the School of Social Work, among others.
-Patrick M. Walker