Boise State University announced this morning it received the largest gift in the university's history: $25 million from the Micron Foundation to help create a new Center for Materials Research, which will be operated by the College of Engineering.
Boise State's engineering lab got a high-profile shout-out when President Barack Obama visited the campus and stopped by the lab in February.
“The work you do here is one of the reasons why Boise is one of our top cities for tech startups,” Obama told the campus.
Boise State's College of Engineering opened in 1997 with a $6 million donation from Micron gifted to create a new engineering complex. A range of undergraduate and Ph.D. programs followed, including programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in 2012, a Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Since its creation, the MSE has doubled its faculty and more than half of its graduates quicly secure employment (many with Micron).
Now, Boise State says Micron's $25 million gift to create a Center for Materials Research will allow students and faculty "to better answer industry's call for a more broadly based, technically fluent workforce," including those working in cancer research, energy studies, space and aeronautics and new microelectronics development.
“There has never been a more urgent need for this center,” said Amy Moll, dean of the College of Engineering. “It will elevate our materials research to national prominence and allow students and faculty access to a world-class facility in which to conduct research that will lead to profound discoveries.”