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MSU accepts challenge grant from James Graham Brown Foundation

Morehead State University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Developmentand Department of Applied Engineering and Technology(AET) have received a challenge grant from the James Graham Brown Foundationof Louisville to develop a state-of-the-art 21st Century Center for Manufacturing Systems.

 The James Graham Brown Foundation’s grant of $497,505 matches gifts and pledges received through 2014.

“MSU is really excited to bring this type of initiative to east Kentucky at a time when we are looking for ways to reshape the economy in the region. This will bring even better qualified graduates with 21st century skills into our workforce,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president.

In addition to the University’s initial commitment of $500,000, Morehead State University and private donors will be responsible for the remainder of the project. The anticipated total cost of the Center is $1.5 million.

A first of its kind in the state, the center will allow students in AET access to hands-on learning opportunities with industry-leading technology. With financial support, MSU can make the concept a reality.

“MSU’s 21st Century Center for Manufacturing Systems will help propel industry in our region to a new level. It will ensure MSU is providing exciting opportunities for generations of students and ushering in the next level of global manufacturing and technology in the state of Kentucky,” said James A. Shaw, vice president of university advancement.

“AET offers both graduate and undergraduate degree programs designed to prepare students for successful 21st Century careers. AET programs are engineering and technology-based with the majority of courses offering hands-on learning experiences in robotics, automation, engineering design, sustainable energy, engineering technology and engineering management,” said Dr. Ahmad Zargari, AET chair.

The faculty members are experts in their fields and stay current by conducting scholarly research and continually engaging in professional development opportunities. The department also offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research projects, internships and other experiential learning that will give students the knowledge and practical skills to pursue high-tech careers after graduation.

The JGB Foundation’s mission is to cultivate progress and civic pride through philanthropic investments that promote the image of Kentucky and Louisville and the well-being of its citizens. The organization desires that the Commonwealth be nationally recognized as leaders in education, health, business and quality of life. MSU is the first public institution in east Kentucky to get support from the Foundation. Since 1954, the Foundation has awarded more than 2,800 grants totaling more than $500,000,000.

Additional information is available from the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033.

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