MU Materials Science and Engineering Institute celebrates successful first year

June 20, 2023

Since opening a year ago, the University of Missouri Materials Science and Engineering Institute (MUMSEI) — a partnership between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science — has had a lot of tangible successes. New research teams have formed to study semiconductor design, water purification, next-generation computing and other topics critical for the advancement of society.

Highly sophisticated in-situ transmission electron microscope tools have been secured as part of a National Science Foundation MRI grant. There’s even anecdotal evidence that new faculty hires have come to Mizzou, in part, because of the institute’s interdisciplinary opportunities.

But for institute co-directors Matt Maschmann and Tommy Sewell, MUMSEI’s greatest achievement is exemplifying Mizzou’s commitment to collaborative research.

“There’s a new paradigm at the University of Missouri, a whole new mindset around interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Sewell, a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. “The institute is really a reflection of that. The institute is a hub, a central place where people can get a better feel for the breadth and scope of work going on and see how their expertise fits into that larger picture.”

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