This forms part of the newly launched Global Impact Initiative to bolster areas in which MSU already has a strong foundation, such as plant science, engineering, physical science and STEM education, while expanding research in genomics, cybersecurity, computational science and precision medicine.
“This bold investment by the Board of Trustees will pay huge dividends by growing MSU’s capacity for cutting-edge research,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Targeting emerging areas of scholarship will leverage Michigan State’s considerable strengths and enhance our reputation as a top-100 world research university.”
Funding for the Global Impact Initiative was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014. Careful and continuing stewardship of the university budget allowed MSU to dedicate $17.5 million in recurring funds for the initiative.
MSU already has begun fulfilling the Global Impact Initiative’s goals with the creation of the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering. Embodying the current emphasis on “big data,” the growing field of computational science focuses on the construction of mathematical models and quantitative analysis techniques, to rapidly analyze and solve any number of complex scientific problems across disciplines.
Stephen Hsu, MSU vice president for research and graduate studies commented: “The best research universities are adept at identifying and investing in promising new scholarship as it first emerges. Global Impact gives us an opportunity to do precisely that.”