I am honored to serve as the president of the University of North Texas. UNT is at an exciting and pivotal point in its history, and I'm pleased to play a role in shaping its future.
Since joining the university, I have seen how UNT excels as an institution dedicated to giving students of all backgrounds the best education possible and conducting life-changing research and scholarship. This connection between education and research provides us with the most important asset for becoming a major research university, because UNT already is an excellent university. UNT has many long-held, recognized strengths in the arts, education and the humanities. And we are broadening and growing our sciences.
Guided by our strategic plan for research, we're pursuing a research agenda that will enrich our students' education and continue moving us to the top. We've made a lot of progress and have new buildings, great programs and talented faculty, staff and students to show for it.
Our Life Sciences Complex opened this fall with some of the finest aquatic and plant research facilities in the nation to support groundbreaking research and learning. And our Talon High-Performance Computing System increased the university's computational power tenfold.
We continue to attract more leading researchers to join UNT because we offer an innovative research environment. They also see our potential. And we've established the new Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration, supported by the Semiconductor Research Corp. It makes us the hub of research for plasma processing, a crucial element in the semiconductor chip manufacturing process.
Education is perhaps the last true frontier for those seeking growth and progress. Throughout my four decades in higher education, I have been committed to maintaining strong connections between world-class research and education. I will make sure that UNT continues its efforts to emerge as a major research university with its students' education as its central focus.
V. Lane Rawlins
World-class research and education
Newest cutting-edge research facilities
NSF CAREER award, Powe award, Fulbrights
NASA robots, emergency response, peace studies
Experts in jazz, environmental ethics, information science, computational chemistry, education
Studying heart defects, 3-D learning, cancer treatments, homelessness, aviation safety
Architecture, radio, the Middle East
Expanding research activity
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