Second Kansas university nets energy research grant


The University of Kansas (KU) Measurement, Materials & Sustainable Environment Center has received a $100,000 research grant. The KU School of Engineering's newest research facility opened in the fall of 2012 and houses a range of interdisciplinary research projects focusing on sustainable energy, affordable healthcare, and state-of-the-art aircraft and ground penetrating radar.

The grant from the Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Foundation will provide for laboratory equipment for sustainable energy and water research.

Black & Veatch recently made a grant to Kansas State University for a solar-powered charging station to be developed on campus as part of a commitment made in 2011 to its Kansas Education Grant Program. The program commits $1 million of the company's future earnings to support research and development of clean energy, water and communications technology within the Kansas university system.

"Support from the private sector is critical for providing students with world-class facilities and tools for research and experimentation," said Belinda Sturm, assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at Kansas University. "This grant enables us to purchase equipment that supports student research for the next decade."

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