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MU Engineering, Honeywell showcase strengths at collaboration kickoff

Baughn stands behind a podium with an MU Engineering flag on it, gesturing at a projection screen.

Honeywell Center of Excellence leader Kevin Baughn outlined the KCNSC’s strengths in creating components to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile, global security and supply chain management. Photos by Danene Brooks.

The University of Missouri College of Engineering and Honeywell’s Kansas City National Security Campus have a vast array of strengths, and both illustrated ways in which they plan to maximize those advantages together at the Honeywell Collaboration Kickoff on April 14 at Memorial Union.

The event’s purpose was to foster collaboration and build a strong relationship between Honeywell and Mizzou Engineering. It served to showcase the great things Mizzou Engineering and leading industry partners in Missouri can accomplish when they come together to solve real-world, global challenges. Such partnerships not only result in critical solutions to these problems but also in economic development that benefits the state.

“Our partnership will truly reach new heights as we begin to share resources, space, equipment, expertise and more to discover and implement the next generation of engineering solutions together. Together, we can achieve even more,” MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said at the event.

Almasri stands behind a podium and speaks to a crowd.

Mahmoud Almasri, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of several faculty presenters who helped highlight the research strengths of the College of Engineering.

Loboa and Center of Excellence leader Kevin Baughn opened the event with remarks. Baughn outlined the KCNSC’s strengths in creating components to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile, global security and supply chain management.

Alongside the shared use of equipment, personnel exchanges and technical seminars, Honeywell and Mizzou Engineering plan to open the door for real-world collaborative projects and research between Honeywell engineers and MU faculty, new senior capstone opportunities and much more.

Baughn also touted the unique and world-class equipment MU Engineering faculty would have access to as part of this agreement, as well.

“We have this 1 million square foot facility that for an engineer and scientist is a technology playground,” he said. “Multimillion dollar pieces of equipment. … We will work it with our schedules and enable you as professors to utilize our equipment, which you may not have had access to otherwise.”

MU Engineering faculty members had the opportunity to present on their research, particularly in the areas of materials research, Big Data analytics and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). A number of faculty either presented or used the event as an opportunity to network with potential partners.

Center of Excellence leaders then had the opportunity to discuss goals, areas of need and strengths of their areas of emphasis. The presentations and breakout sessions allowed for interaction and sharing of potential future research ideas, fostering potential collaboration once the agreement is finalized.

“We in the College of Engineering are excited about the world-class work we are doing, and we are even more excited to see how our partnership with Honeywell can take our research and education to the next level,” Loboa said.