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Research Initiatives

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

Jointly Sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research is to proactively increase our understanding of robust cyber defense (CD) technology, policy, and practices that will enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. This program will contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art CD knowledge and practice.

Cross-Campus Collaborations

Mizzou Engineering is partnering with other campus and professional entities in the pursuit of new spaces to enhance our collaborative research and experiential learning capabilities. The two key facilities for the College are the Translational Precision Medicine Complex — which is currently the UM System’s top infrastructure priority — and the MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC)

Translational medicine brings researchers and clinicians together in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative setting supported by advanced technology and data analysis tools. This “bench-to-bedside” paradigm is accelerating the development of novel diagnostic tools and treatments, and fast tracking the application of proven medical strategies to clinical settings. The National Institutes of Health has identified translational medicine research as a major focus for grant funding.

Precision medicine, an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that accounts for individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle, promises medical outcomes barely imaginable today. This “customized” care delivery approach to the individual patient is not currently in use for most diseases, but will revolutionize medical treatment in our lifetime. A unique collaborative atmosphere puts Mizzou in position to be at the forefront of this burgeoning industry.

MU’s success in this realm would place the State of Missouri on the cutting edge of precision medicine thanks to the bevy of Mizzou Made engineers and clinicians uniquely equipped with skills to succeed in this new frontier of health care. Research discoveries would have the potential to lead to new companies and eventual high-paying job creation for the state. And Missouri residents would stand to reap the advanced health care benefits by having access to highly-trained professionals in the field.

MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

To succeed in a complex world, even the best solutions benefit from an expanded field of vision. Such initiatives – and students and faculty behind them — will be challenged, tested and strengthened in yet another collaborative space: the MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Here, teams will pursue a new generation of solutions to real-world problems. Engineering students and faculty will collaborate with others from law, education, business and the arts to focus on the future: creating cutting-edge products, methods, approaches and instruction, all with a healthy dose of entrepreneurial energy.

The MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship seeks to create an ecosystem of education that embodies innovation and entrepreneurship. By bringing together engineering, business, design arts, law and STEM education, MU proposes to establish a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential education and entrepreneurship that will provide economic and social benefits for generations to come.

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