Collaborations are key to building successful research enterprises anywhere in the world. From the rich oilfields of western North Dakota to the barren rock and icescapes of Antarctica and hundreds of points in between, UND is working with industry professionals and scientists to grow economies and enhance understanding of the planet and its inhabitants. At UND, forging interdisciplinary partnerships among faculty and students on campus and links to creative thinkers elsewhere in the state and around the world are fundamental ways of doing business. Speaking of business, new bridges are being built every day between UND scholars and the private sector to bring University-spun ideas to market. From breakthrough vaccines for keeping us healthier to new scholarly works to make us wiser, UND is collaborating with the world to make us better!
This edition of UND Discovery is dedicated to the lasting memory of professor of electrical engineering and department chair Richard R. Schultz, renowned and respected by students and colleagues on and off campus for his many contributions to science, the arts and humanities, and the University community over a lifetime cut too short. In addition to being a loving father, devoted husband and friend to many, Richard was a scholar, teacher, mentor, researcher, talented musician, actor, artist and competitive runner — a true modern-day Renaissance man, a polymath whose reputation as a master collaborator wholly reflected the theme that weaves its way throughout this edition of UND Discovery (see the story on Richard on the inside back cover). Richard is and will be greatly missed.