Shimadzu Scientific Instruments donates record $7.5 million to support UT
Arlington Institute for Research Technologies
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new $7.5 million
gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to The University of Texas at
Arlington will support one of the most significant installments of advanced
scientific equipment in the United States, propelling the University to new
heights of discovery and innovation.
The Shimadzu commitment is the largest, philanthropic gift in the history of
UT Arlington. In honor of the gift, the University will rename the Institute
for Research Technologies at UT Arlington the Shimadzu Institute for Research
"We are grateful for this generous support from Shimadzu and for their
strategic relationship with The University of Texas at Arlington," said James
D. Spaniolo, UT Arlington president. "This partnership promises to make North
Texas a new hub of scientific discovery and innovation. The Shimadzu Institute
will be a magnet for world class students and a resource for discovery across
Texas and beyond."
The Institute will house $25.2 million in equipment from Shimadzu, a world
leader in scientific technology. The partnership between Shimadzu and the
University will bring the most advanced scientific equipment to Texas,
including some instruments that will debut in the U.S. for the first time at
New labs featuring state-of-the-art analytical equipment will empower research
in diverse fields, from environmental testing and analysis of human disease to
the development of more effective pharmaceuticals and more efficient oil and
"We have been pleased to find in UT Arlington kindred spirits who are
committed to providing students the highest-quality education possible through
access to the most advanced scientific equipment," said Shuzo Maruyama,
president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. "Our technologies enable
research that improves people's lives, and we have a great passion for
preparing students to be the next generation of great scientists."
Maryland-based Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is the American subsidiary of
the Shimadzu Corp., which was established in 1875 and is headquartered in
Kyoto, Japan. The company's technology is employed around the world in medical
diagnostics, aerospace and industrial endeavors and in analytics.
Its clients are industry leaders in fields such as chemical/petrochemical,
pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, electronics and clinical forensics.
Worldwide sales top $3 billion annually.
Shimadzu technology extends into nearly every area of daily life – from
testing of drinking water to the manufacturing of the plastic cup it comes in,
the company notes.
At UT Arlington, the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies will include
the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, which was established
in 2012, and the newly created Center for Imaging and Center for
Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.
"The Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies will allow our students to
examine their world at a level they've only dreamed of, from using light to
see how parts of the brain function together to finding environmental
contaminants as small as one part per billion in a sample of drinking water,"
said Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science. "Their
experiences will position them for lifelong success in critical fields."
UT Arlington and Shimadzu began collaborating nearly a decade ago. In April
2012, the company made an in-kind gift of equipment valued at nearly $3
million to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry
within the UT Arlington College of Science.
In November, the UT System Board of Regents allocated $7.5 million from the
Permanent University Fund to help UT Arlington establish the Institute for
Research Technologies in partnership with Shimadzu.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution
of more than 33,800 students and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North
Texas and the second largest member of The University of Texas System.
Research activity has more than tripled over the past decade to $71.4 million
last year with an emphasis on bioengineering, medical diagnostics, micro
manufacturing, advanced robotics and defense and Homeland Security
technologies, among other areas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
About Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu
Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu is a $3
billion multinational corporation with three major divisions: Medical
Diagnostics, Aerospace/Industrial and Analytical Instruments. In the United
States, SSI has a network of more than 50 locations providing local and
regional sales, service and technical support. Visit www.ssi.shimadzu.com for
SOURCE University of Texas at Arlington
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