Congressman Burgess to announce $3.1 million for UNT's new Center for Advanced Research and Technology

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
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DENTON (UNT), Texas — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess’ announcement of a $3.1 million appropriation in the 2004 Defense Appropriations bill on Nov. 10 (Monday) will launch the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Research and Technology (known as CART) at the University of North Texas.The public announcement event is set for 10:30 a.m. at UNT Research Park (near the juncture of U.S. Highway 77 and Loop 288, just east of Interstate 35). Beginning in January 2004, Research Park will be the home of the new UNT College of Engineering and CART.Burgess, who championed the appropriation for UNT in the House of Representatives while Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison carried the measure in the U.S. Senate, commends UNT for its foresight in investing in nanotechnology and for taking the first steps to serve as the North Texas region’s research arm in this rapidly evolving new science.Nanotechnology involves exploratory engineering at atomic and molecular levels, where the nanometer is a standard unit for measuring length.UNT President Norval Pohl says the university’s goals for CART are to acquire and develop specialized measuring equipment so that UNT scientists can characterize materials and devices at the atomic level. “CART will add a critical service for helping transform academic research to the assembly of actual products at laboratories in the region, around the state and throughout the Southwest,” Pohl said. After the formal program, UNT will host tours to showcase renovations made since the purchase of the 550,000 square-foot facility from Texas Instruments in 2001. The university is investing $25 million in planning, designing and renovating of the property over the next five years.Current plans call for moving the College of Engineering offices and the departments of Computer Sciences and Engineering Technology to Research Park for the 2004 spring semester. The Department of Material Sciences will begin moving to renovated space in Research Park late in the spring term.Pohl and Dr. Oscar Garcia, founding dean of the UNT College of Engineering, will represent UNT at the event. UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson will act as master of ceremonies and members of the Board of Regents will represent the UNT System and welcome guests.

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