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Stout agrees to collaborate with Russian university on research, exchanges

Timothy O’Connor, second from right, from the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia, tours Jarvis Hall Science Wing at UW-Stout. UW-Stout officials are, from left, Maria Alm, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Rich Rothaupt, associate dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and John Kirk, associate professor of chemistry. (Submitted photo)

MENOMONIE -- UW-Stout has signed an agreement to explore collaboration in several academic areas with a government university in Moscow, Russia.

UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen signed a memorandum of understanding with the National University of Science and Technology MISiS to collaborate initially on research, scholarly activity, student and faculty exchanges, and visits.

MISiS stands for Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, the school’s former name.

NUST Vice Rector Timothy O’Connor toured UW-Stout Thursday, Aug. 15, and met with Sorensen and other officials.

NUST, founded in 1918, has about 12,000 students in its Moscow and branch campuses. A research-intensive school, NUST is a leader in Russia for training engineers and scientists, especially in materials science, metallurgy and nanotechnology.

O’Connor believes NUST can benefit from UW-Stout’s applied learning model, especially in the area of design, while UW-Stout can benefit from NUST’s strength in core engineering. UW-Stout offers several engineering programs.

“That you’re a polytechnic is a real tribute to the university. You’re filling a real need. There are ways we can come together to complement each other,” O’Connor said.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic university, opened a fab lab earlier this year. NUST opened Russia’s first fab lab in 2012. Fab labs are digital fabrication laboratories. As part of his visit O’Connor toured UW-Stout’s fab lab and Jarvis Hall Science Wing.

Maria Alm, dean of the UW-Stout College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, visited NUST in May with Nagesh Shinde, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design. Alm, who speaks Russian, hopes to see UW-Stout art and design students work with NUST engineers.

“We’re interested in interdisciplinary work,” said Alm, noting that NUST students study English. “We want to start an undergraduate exchange and are exploring the possibilities. Our students need more international experiences. This agreement is about advancing the education of our students and developing opportunities for our faculty.”

Alm and O’Connor previously worked together at the University of Northern Iowa, a key factor in the development of the agreement.


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