From the Vice President of Research
Through its mission to address the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on its land-grant foundation, NDSU has a long history of providing positive impacts to the state’s economy.
NDSU agriculture and agricultural engineering remain important aspects of the value that the organization brings to the state. Today, this tradition is enhanced by the complementary disciplines of biology, computer science, microbiology, coatings and polymers, and materials development, providing new perspectives on the old problem of how to feed our ever-growing world safely, efficiently, and sustainably.
With a holistic approach, NDSU is creating coatings and new materials, developing products from the biowaste of other processes, adding selectable biodegradability, and exploring new uses for North Dakota commodities like soy. This research approach results in a smaller carbon footprint and is beneficial to both human and animal populations in the state. Many of these discoveries have already been commercialized and are in productive use by industry.
Over the last ten years, NDSU has ranked among the top public research universities for R&D expenditures. With nearly 80 corporate partners, NDSU has engaged with local, state, regional, and national collaborators to address complex problems and uncover new solutions.
By leveraging interdisciplinary expertise and facility resources, NDSU is poised to employ robust interdisciplinary teams that tackle problems, create new opportunities, and provide a high-tech workforce for North Dakota in areas that align with the state’s industry strengths.
Research activity impacts ND’s economy by developing the technologies that will drive new businesses, recruiting and employing people. Equipment, supplies, and services are needed for the new endeavors as well as for the individuals who make up the new businesses. Over the last four years, NDSU has generated fuel for this activity by receiving 164 invention disclosures, filing 79 new U.S. intellectual property applications (six new U.S. trademarks on horticultural varieties, 18 new plant variety protection applications, and 55 new U.S. provisional patents), and producing 275 licenses. However, additional resources will be required in order to continue this culture of discovery.
As North Dakota’s land grant university, NDSU maintains a robust network of extension service research and healthcare experts across the state who deliver solutions across many disciplines. In the years ahead, we will continue to enhance and strengthen this network by adding to the expertise and the subsequent value they deliver to the state’s citizens.
An investment in research, supported by the land grant model, will support discovery, industry, and commerce across the state and will lead to an explosion of entrepreneurial capital and investment.
Jane M. Schuh, Ph.D.
Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity