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UNT expands it's research base. By Art Goven, Ph.D.  Interim vice provost for research, U N TThe University of North Texas is an academic community where research and scholarship flourish. Faculty and students — undergraduate and graduate — profit from being part of an environment with a constantly expanding knowledge base. These scholars work in a variety of fields developing new opportunities for citizens of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, Texas and beyond.

Art Goven, Ph.D. Interim vice provost for research, UNTUNT is in the process of expanding its research base by establishing both a new College of Engineering and the UNT Research Park. These efforts will help UNT progress toward its goal of ranking among Texas' top research universities.

The College of Engineering will be the home for UNT's departments of materials science and engineering, engineering technology, and computer science and engineering, and the planned departments of electrical and mechanical engineering. Faculty in the college will conduct basic and applied research, involving academia, industry and government.

The UNT Research Park, situated four miles from the Denton main campus and anchored by the College of Engineering, will provide a home for start-up and established businesses interested in locating near or forming research partnerships with the university.

Additionally, the park will provide incubator space, allowing university-generated intellectual property to be spun off or commercialized through licensing inventions. In the long term, these efforts will generate funds for UNT's research efforts, promote economic growth for the region and transfer technology to the private sector making it available to the public.

Fiscal year 2002 ended with a continued increase in extramural research funding at UNT. Contract and grant awards, up 31 percent from the previous year, were obtained from nonprofit (10 percent), for-profit (4 percent), state (32 percent) and federal (54 percent) sources.

This issue of Resource illustrates the diverse research being generated by faculty and students at this institution. Their work will continue to make UNT the recognized research and educational leader of the North Texas region.














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