STARKVILLE, Miss.--In early September, Mississippi State will host officials from one of the world's leading research facilities.
During the two-day visit Sept 9-10, university faculty, staff, administrators and students will be meeting with leaders and researchers from Argonne National Laboratory to explore partnership and funding possibilities, among other topics.
Though not a public event, local industrial and government representatives are being invited to participate.
Specifically, the visit is designed to:
--Inform MSU researchers about Argonne's resources, facilities and proposal process;
--Develop and vet proposals with Argonne personnel; and,
--Identify new and facilitate existing research collaborations between the land-grant university and the multidisciplinary science and engineering research center located at Argonne, Ill., near Chicago.
Aug. 26 is the registration deadline for Argonne National Lab Day. Free online registration may be completed at http://www.tfaforms.com/290885.
"Argonne has significant infrastructure and expertise in imaging, analysis and high performance computing to support diverse research efforts that coincide with the university's research strategic plan and programs," said Giselle Thibaudeau, director of MSU's Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies and co-coordinator of the visit.
"These programs include materials science and engineering, energy, transportation, and cybersecurity," Thibaudeau said.
Argonne describes itself as a place "where 'dream teams' of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security."
In Fiscal Year 2012, the lab's annual budget was $794 million.
"Argonne's leadership and we agree that both institutions benefit from engagement and collaborative research efforts," said David Shaw, MSU's vice president for research and economic development.
Shaw said the state's leading research university is "very pleased that we have this excellent opportunity to further develop a relationship with a top-tier federal research lab."