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U of M and Mid-South Community College Sign Agreement to Share Resources

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

May 30, 2014 - The University of Memphis and Mid-South Community College have signed an agreement to share resources to support applied research and training activities that will support the transportation and chemical processing industrial sectors.

“This is a win-win,” said Dr. Glen Fenter, president of Mid-South Community College. “Our college has great advanced laboratory resources that are located in the Marion Berry Renewable Energy Building and technicians that can support applied research activities, but we do not have the science and engineering talent to maximize utilization of the facility.”

“Access to this facility will provide our faculty the opportunity to engage in applied research activities that will benefit the greater Memphis region,” said U of M President M. David Rudd. “This is a great partnership with the University of Memphis offering research expertise that will allow us to capitalize on existing, cutting-edge facilities at Mid-South Community College.”  

In addition to applied research, the facility will support a new process control technology program that is being jointly developed by Southwest Tennessee Community College and Mid-South Community College. “Skilled workers in this field are badly needed by companies such as DuPont and Valero,” said Dr. Srikant Gir of the U of M’s Herff College of Engineering.

The research facility houses advanced chemical production and analysis laboratories. It also features state-of-the-art transportation laboratories that can support applied research on engine operations under different fuel and load conditions. The advanced chemical production laboratory will support the new process control technology program and other workforce development programs.

“This agreement, in addition to the agreement between Southwest Tennessee Community College and Mid-South Community College to share resources to train workers for employers in the greater Memphis region, is further progress toward the goals outlined in the Harvard Tech Moon Mission launched by the Chairman’s Circle of the Greater Memphis Chamber,” said Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

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