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Graduate Institute of Technology Mission:

The Graduate Institute of Technology exists to further the research and technological goals of the scientific, engineering, and technology faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Institute does this by providing high level support in the areas of machining, electronics, welding, and woodworking shops as well as support for science and engineering uses of computational techniques, including high speed networking, simulation, and specialty server maintenance.

The Institute also serves as a source of Graduate Assistantships for graduate students in the College of Information Science and Systems Engineering (Cyber) and in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM). GIT provides some 23 GAships, and administers some 16 others for the Graduate School and Cyber College. Also, the Institute provides matching funds for hiring high quality Post-Doctoral Fellows and houses the Earthquake Center, Arkansas STRIVE Program, and statewide NASA Programs including the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the NASA EPSCoR Research Program.

GIT is made up of some 20 permanent staff, appointed from the technical staff, research associate, and faculty levels. These dedicated professionals work closely with science and engineering faculty to increase the level of productivity in research and work closely also with TAs, RAs, and student workers in this capacity. The Institute manages all of the major scientific and engineering instruments and equipment for CSAM and Cyber Colleges, including the NMR, SEM, MS, Structural Testing, and other systems.

Historical Markers on the GIT Highway

In February of 1958, the University of Arkansas Graduate Institute of Technology offered the first courses to its initial group of master’s students at the new Tech Campus location at 1201 McAlmont in Little Rock’s MacArthur Park. Established by legislative act the previous year, GIT provided opportunity for those holding undergraduate degrees in science and engineering disciplines to earn advanced technical degrees and to engage in scientific research. The areas of research included physical, organic, analytical, and nuclear chemistry; nuclear and atomic physics; electronics; instrumentation; and process control. NASA was an early contributor to studies in space exploration and instrumental application of lasers. Industry entered into the mix by providing R&D funds to the Institute.

By the early 70s, GIT was offering graduate study leading to the MS in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Instrumental Sciences, and to the Ph.D. degree in Instrumental Sciences. Within the next few years the graduate programs in chemistry and mathematics moved to the UALR campus, leaving the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation as the remaining academic program within GIT.

The summer of 1987 marked the beginning of a new direction for GIT when the Institute moved to the new Engineering Technology and Applied Science (ETAS) building on the UALR campus. Two years later GIT was physically separated from the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation (renamed in 1993 as the Department of Applied Science) to become part of the Dean’s office in the College of Science and Engineering Technology as an umbrella agency for all graduate programs in the college.

By 2003 GIT has evolved as a service agency for both the Donaghey College of Science and Information Technology (CyberCollege) and the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM). GIT administers two major grants: EPSCOR and the NASA Space Grant Consortium; provides funding for graduate assistantships in research and teaching at graduate level programs in both colleges; offers staff assistance in biosciences, bioengineering, and chemistry; provides mechanical design assistance and educational facilities for machining and metal working, houses STRIVE as summer educational opportunities for Arkansas teachers, and the Short Course training program.

The Director is Dr. M. Keith Hudson. mkhudson@ualr.edu or 501-569-8210.

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