DATE:�������������� March 18, 2002


TO:������������������ Board of Regents


FROM:������������� W. Franklin Gilmore

����������������������� Chancellor, Montana Tech of The University of Montana


RE:������������������ Campus Report for the March 21-22, 2002 Board of Regents� Meeting

�         Montana Tech received a $200,000 Brownsfields Job Training & Development grant awarded by the EPA to provide environmental job training at brownsfields sites.

�         The Petroleum Engineering Department received a $10,000 donation from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to fund scholarships and update laboratory equipment.

�         The Health Care Informatics degree will be offered in the Fall of 2002.

�         Montana Tech and UM-Western to offer secondary education degree at Montana Tech.

�         New campus WEB page prototype is up and running at the Research Office site.

�         The Rocky Mountain Agile Virtual Enterprise (RAVE) has installed a robotic welding system at the College of Technology.� The device will provide area manufacturers with a new fabrication capability now only available in Seattle and Denver.� The RAVE program is funded by a grant from the NSF and directed by Dr. Rick Donovan of the General Engineering Department.

�         The campus will be receiving a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to initiate an Economic Development Resource Center at Montana Tech.� The center will provide information and technical assistance to local development agencies and businesses in Southwest Montana and is directed by Mr. Robert DeDominic of the Business & Information Technology Department.

�         William D. Trethewey, Tech alumnus from 1940 was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the U.S. Army Engineer Officers� Candidate School.

�         Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently published a summary of Neil Wahl�s (General Engineering) Ph.D dissertation.

�         Dr. John Morrison, General Engineering, recently negotiated an extension of his contract with INEEL in Idaho Falls to continue investigations on their RF High Level Waste Induction Melter project.

�         Mr. Dick Johnson, General Engineering, in conjunction with Henderson Creek Corporation, wrote a successful Phase �0� 2 NSF-EPSCoR SBIR grant to develop uses for timber slash and small diameter timber.� He will continue helping Henderson with phase one, two, and three grant development.

�         Dr. Karl Burgher, MWTP, advised they have been made full partners (Outreach) of the Rocky Mountain Regional Hazardous Substance Research Center with Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines.� There are five of these centers in the U.S.

�         On-campus recruiting for Spring has begun with a total of 22 companies scheduled to interview.� Nine companies are already scheduled for Fall 2002.

�         The Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held on March 6-7, 2002.� There were 651 students from 37 schools participating in the fair.� Winning projects will advance on to compete in the State fair at The University of Montana-Missoula in April.