Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

January 6, 2006

Sen. Bond visits MU College of Engineering to announce grants

U.S. Senator Kit Bond came to MU on Tuesday, Jan. 5, to announce that funding had been secured for two engineering projects in the Department of Defense appropriations budget. Bond brought news that a Center for Geospatial Intelligence will receive $1.75 million, and a Micro/Nano Systems Technology Center will receive $2 million. “I hope that centers like these will lead to a new industrial park in mid-Missouri, spurring development of start-up companies with innovative technologies necessary to sustain the nation’s edge in military systems,” Bond said.

The Center for Geospatial Intelligence conducts leading-edge geospatial research and development with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Bond stressed that the mapping and imaging work is critical to achieving national security objectives related to combat support, homeland security and military force transformation. Curt Davis, Croft Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MU, will direct the center.

The Micro/Nano Systems Technology Center will be led by Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Kevin Gillis, associate professor of biological engineering. The center will provide fundamental research for the design, development and deployment of micro/nano-fabricated products, including technology based on MU’s expertise with cell-based biosensors to detect biological threats.

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