Gov. Mark Dayton recently released his recommendations for $1 billion in state-backed construction projects, including $51.3 million for a new Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota. The governor specifically outlined $531 million in projects and wants the Legislature to select $470 in additional projects to make up the bill.
The cornea is one of the most important parts of our body because it enables our power of sight. It is also one of the most common parts of our body to break down over the years. University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor Allison Hubel is using nanotechnology to develop an artificial substitute for the cornea.
During the Legislative Session, the University will be asked for specific examples of the impact of physics and nanotechnology research and why legislators should use finite capital investment resources to fund a new Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building this year. We need to hear from University of Minnesota alumni who are using physics and nano education, expertise, and resources at the University in their business or research. Please share your stories with Lynne Osterman, executive director of MN Nano, at firstname.lastname@example.org who is documenting timely anecdotes for the University to bring to legislators.
A new Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building is on the list of capital building projects the University of Minnesota included for review by the Board of Regents at their last meeting and is scheduled for final approval in February. The exact amount of the request for the building will be set by the Board and is expected to be slightly more than $50 million for the project that is estimated to top $80 million total. The remainder of the project cost will be paid by the University and private donations.
The University of Minnesota recently released new architectural schematic design documents of the Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology Building on the Twin Cities campus. The documents will be presented to the Board of Regents for review at their February meeting. The building will provide modern and highly flexible physics laboratory, laboratory support space, and nanotechnology space (including a 5,000-square-foot clean room). All together, the facility will contain about 40 new research laboratories.
By Steven L. Crouch, Dean
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering
Environments cultivating innovation don't all look the same. The advent of technology, which eventually spawned medical device giant Medtronic, occurred in a garage after a whole lot of visionary tinkering. Today, however, the technologies at researchers' disposal have become increasingly advanced. How we prepare the eventual workforce to leverage growing enabling technologies is critical.