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
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.