Montana State breaks ground on Applied Research Lab

C2I founding partner Justin Cook participated in the ground breaking ceremony for the Applied Research Lab in Bozeman, MT on 23 February in his role as the MSU Innovation Campus Executive Director.  Construction has already begun on the building, which will be located on the MSU Innovation Campus (West of South 19th Avenue between College and Garfield streets). The building will be 20,000 sf and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

The Applied Research Lab will allow university faculty, students and industry partners to work on energy- and defense-related research projects that were previously not possible due to the lack of a secure facility.

“MSU has long-standing expertise in lasers and photonics, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials and cybersecurity that could be expanded with the departments of Defense and Energy with this facility,” said Renee Reijo Pera, MSU vice president for research and economic development.  “We see some great opportunities for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in this facility. Students will get incredibly valuable experience working on projects applicable to the nation’s energy and defense programs. Additionally, we think the research conducted in the lab will both be a magnet for large industry as well as an incubator for new Montana businesses.”

“We think the lab will serve as a catalyst for other technology-related development on the property and really be a powerful engine of economic growth for Bozeman, the county and the state,” said Justin Cook, MSU Innovation Campus Executive Director.

Read the original article published by the MSU News Service about the Ground Breaking here:

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