Science in the Midwest [fr]

The Chicago Office covers the area called the "Corn belt," or "world’s bread basket." Midwestern economy is driven by its farming (1/3 of the American production) and food production (40% of the American DNP, with such companies as Cargill, ADM, Conagra) ; but it is also driven by metallurgy, and by the automobile, electronic and pharmaceutical industries. Many large bioscience companies are located in the Midwest: Monsanto, Pioneer, Abbott, Baxter, Lilly, etc.

In the Midwest, R&D mostly takes place in the laboratories of private companies, within public or private universities, and in national laboratories or USDA laboratories.

The Midwest boasts many universities : about 40 colleges and universities in Illinois only.

Characteristics of the Universities in the Midwest :

  • Many are land-grant universities (ie granted with state lands at their foundation) : Iowa State University, University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University,...
  • The quality of the universities’ schools of engineering and agriculture is world-class, as is the quality of their biotechnological centers and medical schools
  • their role in regional economic development and in technology transfer, the efficiency of each college’s "career services", and the importance of continuing and distance education attest to the universities’ close relationship with their region’s economic sector.

Main Universities in the Midwest:

You can find here a non-exhaustive list of the Midwest Universities :

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
Northwestern University, Evanston
Loyola University, Chicago

Purdue University at West Lafayette
Indiana University at Bloomington
University of Notre Dame, South Bend
Indiana State University, Terre Haute

University of Iowa at Iowa City
Iowa State University, Ames

Kansas State University, Manhattan
University of Kansas, Laurence

University of Kentucky, Lexington

Ohio State University, Columbus
Cleveland State University
Kent State University

Michigan State University, East Lansing
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wayne State University, Detroit

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Mayo Clinic at Rochester

University of Missouri at Columbia
University of Missouri at St Louis
Washington University, St Louis

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

North Dakota
North Dakota State University, Fargo

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Main national labs in the Midwest :

Department of Energy [DoE]

- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory [FermiLab], Batavia, Illinois

- Argonne National Laboratory, [ANL], Argonne, Illinois

- Ames National Laboratory, Ames, Iowa

Department of Agriculture [USDA-ARS]

- National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, Illinois

- National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa

- Centre de recherche USFS (US Forest Service)

Food and Drug Administration [FDA]

- National Center for Food Safety and Technology [NCFST], Summit, Illinois

Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]

- Center for Research on Hazardous Substances: Great Lakes & MidAtlantic Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

National Science Foundation [NSF]

The NSF funds a lots of laboratories, including the "Science and Technology Centers" or the "Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers". These research centers are often part of the universities.

Science and Technology Centers :

- Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials [ACBM], Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

- Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Opticals Materials, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

- Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica, University of Chicago, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

- Center for Computation and Visualization of Geometric Structure, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

- Center for Microbiological Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

- Center for Superconductivity, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

- Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers :

- Materials Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

- Center for Sensor Materials, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan,

- Materials Research Laboratory, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois,

- Heterostructure Materials for Electronic Applications, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

- Center for Nanostructure Materials and Interfaces, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Last modified on 04/10/2018

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