Record $7.5 million from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments boosts innovation.
A $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will advance research in environmental testing, human disease analysis, pharmaceutical development, oil and gas exploration, and more.
The commitment is the largest philanthropic gift in UT Arlington history and supports one of the nation’s most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment. In recognition, the University has renamed the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.
The Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the Center for Imaging, and the Center for Environmental, Forensic, and Material Analysis compose the institute. It will house $25.2 million in equipment from Shimadzu, including instruments that will debut in the United States at UT Arlington.
“We have been pleased to find at UT Arlington kindred spirits who are committed to providing students the highest quality education possible through access to the most advanced scientific equipment,” Shimadzu President Shuzo Maruyama says. “Our technologies enable research that improves people’s lives, and we have a great passion for preparing students to be the next generation of great scientists.”
UT Arlington and Shimadzu, a world leader in scientific technology, began collaborating nearly a decade ago. In April 2012 the company donated equipment valued at nearly $3 million to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry within the College of Science. A few months later the UT System Board of Regents allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund to help UT Arlington establish the Institute for Research Technologies in partnership with Shimadzu.