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Funding for Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB) Is Underway

The MREB looks for corporate partners to aid in the building of a facility which will house both academic and research programs.

The University of Houston plans to design and construct a new Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB) that will support the University’s mission to provide Tier One research facilities, and corporate partners are being asked to help fund this exciting project. It will brand a company as an employer of choice for the next generation of interdisciplinary, global and entrepreneurial engineers and demonstrate that company’s commitment to STEM education and training. The new facilities will allow UH to add more than 250 talented graduate students and to hire new National Academy faculty. Additionally, it will elevate the Cullen College of Engineering’s current national ranking (#74) to a Top 50 Graduate Engineering School.

The proposed four-story Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building will support both academic and research programs. The new facility will provide a state-of-the-art infrastructure needed to increase student enrollment, associated faculty, and research funding. The facility will foster collaboration across the campus by minimizing investments in multiple and redundant instrumentation facilities by housing core facilities in a neutral location while sustaining and enhancing research growth. The new facility will include a research core that houses major core facilities that serve the critical needs of the University’s research foci, both in energy and health.

Beyond the benefits of the MREB to both the Cullen College of Engineering and the University of Houston, the MREB will also benefit our local industry, community, and the entire city of Houston.  With this new facility, we will be able to increase our annual research expenditures by $30 million, which should in turn promote approximately $510 million worth of economic activity in Houston alone. The deadline for the Cullen College of Engineering’s fundraising efforts for the MREB is December 2013. For more information about the MREB building project, please visit: