The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Oct. 22 allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.
The Institute is a collaboration of The University of Texas at Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry. The new 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.
"I am delighted that the Board of Regents is supporting this exciting partnership with one of the world's leading manufacturers of analytical scientific instrumentation and environmental monitoring equipment," UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa said. "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 Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said the commitment by UT System Regents and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will dramatically enhance research opportunities and experiences for faculty and students. The new Institute also is intended to promote and advance additional collaboration between UT Arlington faculty and their UT System colleagues, who will have access to the equipment and instrumentation.
"This 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," Spaniolo said.
The announcement follows a philanthropic commitment from Shimadzu last spring that allowed UT Arlington to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry. The center is housed in the College of Science and includes state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy equipment valued at more than $6 million.
The Institute for Research Technologies will be made possible by an additional $18.5 million equipment purchase from Shimadzu.
"Shimadzu sees in UT Arlington an exciting energy, great vision and the potential to transform scientific research and education," said Shuzo Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments in Columbia, Md. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to catalyze the potential of this great institution."
The Institute for Research Technologies will offer students and faculty