NDSU’s Industrial Agriculture and Communications Center, or IACC, has been renamed the Quentin Burdick Building in honor of the long-serving U.S. senator from North Dakota and advocate for agriculture, North Dakota and NDSU.
Burdick was born and raised in North Dakota and represented the state in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During his more than 30 years on Capitol Hill, he pursued funds to support agriculture research and education, including federal research stations and facilities at NDSU. Burdick served as senator at the time federal funds were secured for the multi-function computer center at NDSU, and he helped move the project forward.
"Sen. Quentin Burdick’s extensive service to the state of North Dakota is well known, and he was instrumental in securing funding for the facility," said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani. "It’s fitting to rename the building for him as a way to recognize and honor his place in the rich history of our state and campus."
The building, located at 1320 Albrecht Boulevard, houses NDSU’s main computer center as well as several departments and offices. Construction on the building began in April 1991, and it was dedicated on May 14, 1993. The State Board of Higher Education approved the name change in September 2013.
Departments and offices in the building include Ag Communication, Biochemistry, Center for Social Research, Cereal Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Global Institute of Food Sciences, Information Technology Division, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and the North Dakota Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
An event is being planned to celebrate the name change.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.