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.
- 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.
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
University of Kentucky, Lexington
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
North Dakota State University, Fargo
University of Wisconsin at Madison
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.
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 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