MARC will provide a seamless environment integrating applied multidisciplinary academic research, industry sponsored projects, and experiential learning opportunities for students addressing creation of a talent pipeline by integration of research, education and commercialization outreach.
MARC has four key elements to address this mission:
- To annually evaluate multi-disciplinary research strengths and identifying strategies for launching new university wide initiatives;
- To develop non-academic, student-focused efforts in new ventures with outcomes measured by levels of faculty, staff and/or student participation and company launches;
- To build new advanced prototyping capabilities supporting new product design and commercialization; and
- To enhance technical support through more streamlined management of core facilities available for collaborative use with industry.
The MATERIALS APPLICATIONS RESEARCH CENTER (MARC) is a University-level center reporting to the Provost and VPAA through the AVPRFR. MARC supports Texas State University’s efforts for the formation of integrated strategic initiatives that further creation of an innovation-led economy through applied research, engagement and entrepreneurship. Key components include: development of a university wide platform for identification and development of new multi disciplinary collaborative strategic initiatives; a robust non-academic multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship effort focused upon new venture launches; and a seamless structure for support of critical applied research resources for public/private collaborations. The latter includes new prototyping capabilities that enhances university and regional innovation and commercialization efforts.
The primary focus of MARC is to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies using:
- Advanced materials enabling the next generation of sensors for a wide variety of applications (ranging from smart infrastructure in support of autonomous vehicles to biomarkers for health), renewable energy devices, micro-grid management, and microelectronics,
- Support platforms allowing rapid prototyping to advance product commercialization,
- Pilot scale production to move from concept to production, and
- Enabling software platforms.
MARC incorporates student experiential learning throughout its mission, and enables students to participate in multidisciplinary research utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. The facilities and resources available through MARC will have a net positive impact on students at the graduate, undergraduate, or continuing professional levels.
MARC will support Multidisciplinary Research, and as such, supports current and future curriculum incorporating such. In addition, The Entrepreneurs in Residence, Innovator in Residence and MARC Fellow, working as a team will enable the University to provide value beyond core equipment facility accessible to business and academic researchers. This will enhance the environment at the university for existing (MSEC), new (Computer Science PhD, Engineering MS) and future degree programs that desire to incorporate commercialization and entrepreneurial activities.
Advanced prototyping capabilities will complement existing facilities within TXSU and add greatly to the ability of students, faculty and staff to build working prototypes enabling research and/or commercialization. In addition, the Advanced Prototyping Lab (APL) has an outward-looking mission to serve as a similar enabling mechanism for new ventures and industrial partners, providing access to tools and capabilities not commonly available for developing advanced prototypes.
The fourth component of MARC is enhanced technical support through more streamlined management of existing core facilities. MARC has assumed responsibility for funding several existing operations as well as launching new initiatives and facilities. The existing operations include: STAR Park and STAR One; various research service centers within COSE now integrated into the Shared Research Operations unit; University wide repair and maintenance cost-share account; and the previous so-called Semiconductor Line Item that supported education use of the various research service centers (RSC) as well as supplementing other RSC needs.
Outcomes to be measured annually: (1) Establishment of new focus areas for University advancement; (2) number of new intellectual property actions filed and awarded (preliminary patents, full patents, international actions, licenses, copyrights); (3) number and value of funded industry collaborations; (4) number of new startups involved with the program; (5) amount of external research funding received to support applied R&D activities (federal, state and nonprofit funded); (6) number of advanced students trained with MARC funding; (7) number of University graduates hired by participating companies; (8) number of industry sponsored student design studio projects, paid internships and cooperative positions funded by participating firms.