March 28, 2017 4:00PM
Officials from Pittsburg State University and Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City signed an agreement Tuesday that paves the way for expanded research opportunities, technology exchange and closer collaboration between the two entities.
PSU President Steve Scott and Honeywell Vice President of Engineering Robin Stubenhofer signed a master collaboration agreement in a ceremony at PSU’s Tyler Research Center, which is home to the Kansas Polymer Research Center.
“What I’m most excited about is where we are going next,” Scott said, noting that building partnerships is something PSU has done for a long time. “Time after time we’ve built partnerships that have allowed us to leverage up and do things that are pretty amazing.”
Vice President Stubenhofer said Honeywell is interested in the work going on at PSU in the field of polymer chemistry.
“Pittsburg (State) has done a fantastic job of developing the polymer piece of this,” Stubenhofer said.
She said Honeywell’s mission in Kansas City is about national defense.
“We feel very strongly connected to the Department of Defense,” Stubenhofer said. “We have, over the past several years, developed (university) centers of excellence with the intent that we want to move forward where the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration goes with future products. We want to make them safer (and) more manufacturable and do it in a way that really benefits the nation.”
Accompanying Stubenhofer to PSU was a Honeywell team comprised of centers of excellence leaders and scientists. After the signing, the group toured the labs at the KPRC and the Department of Chemistry and then visited Plastics Engineering Technology at the Kansas Technology Center. On Wednesday, Honeywell team members will meet with PSU researchers for a technology exchange.
Honeywell manages and operates the Kansas City National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo., and Albuquerque, N.M., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
The Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) at PSU is an internationally recognized center for chemistry and materials science with a specialization in vegetable oil-based polymer research and development.