Friday, December 20, 2013

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. Donated $7.5 Million to University of Texas Arlington

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation established in Japan in 1875, which is one of the largest suppliers of analytical instrumentation, physical testing, and environmental monitoring systems in the world. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. was established in Columbia, Maryland in 1975 to provide analytical solutions to a wide range of laboratories in North, Central, and parts of South America.

Earlier this year in March, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. donated $7.5 million to the University of Texas Arlington as part of its commitment to UT Arlington's research projects. Shimadzu, through its president, Shuzo Maruyama, said that the company is proud to donate to the University of Texas Arlington, an institution that values science and discovery the way our company’s founders did,” he. Moreover, he said “And we are honored to be recognized for this donation with the renaming of your Institute for Research Technologies.”

The Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington will be renamed the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. Shimadzu's commitment will go toward research that will seek answers to such questions as, "What impact do contaminants have on our water and soil?" and "How can we create the most efficient fuel cells?" Science Dean Pamela Jansma said. Dean Jansma also said that Shimadzu's gift will help UT Arlington students improve their knowledge and critical thinking skills.

The Shimadzu commitment is the largest, philanthropic gift in the history of UT Arlington. “The Shimadzu Institute will be a magnet for world class students and a resource for discovery across Texas and beyond,” UT Arlington president James D. Spaniolo said.

In April 2012, Shimadzu 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. Later in October, the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington was formed through funding worth $7.5 million allocated by the UT System Board of Regents from the Permanent University Fund. The institute is a UTA-Shimadzu collaboration.

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