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ONU, City of Lima Form Partnership to Develop Research Center

Feb 18, 2008
Ohio Northern University and the city of Lima have formed a partnership to build and operate a research and development center in Lima. The center will be located on a site that is being developed through a grant Lima received from the Ohio Job Ready Sites Program.

ONU President Kendall L. Baker, Ph.D., said this agreement is a great opportunity to showcase the University's regionally and nationally respected T.J. Smull College of Engineering. "The new center provides our students and faculty with an additional outlet to solidify their reputation of excellence," Baker said.

ONU's role in the agreement calls for the University to provide human resources to assist with establishing and operating the center through the contributions of teaching and research faculty as well as administrative staff.

The center will assist in retaining engineering students and graduates by identifying employment opportunities in the geographic region. It also will provide opportunities for ONU senior capstone design projects to be directed by specific industry agreements or assignments by companies residing in the center.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with the city of Lima in this endeavor. The opportunity for collaboration among the center partners and other regional industries is very exciting for our students and faculty," said Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner, dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Baumgartner is expected to be a member of the center's board of trustees.

The city of Lima will seek additional funds to construct the 150,000-square-foot research and development facility on the 14-acre site. Ohio Northern also will assist with identifying funding opportunities for the center.