University Partner Directory

Optical Technology Center

The Optical Technology Center (OpTeC) at Montana State University was established in 1995 to promote education and research in the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. The Optical Technology Center is a multidisciplinary center at MSU offering opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology. OpTeC includes research groups from three university departments:
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
The primary goal of the center is to maintain a nationally competitive optics program that promotes collaboration with local optical industry, leading to economic growth and improved student opportunities in Montana.

Spectrum Lab

Spectrum Lab was established in 1999 to advance the opto-electronic technologies emerging from the research laboratories of Montana State University and foster their transition to Montana companies and in the process providing enhanced educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Spectrum Lab’s threefold mission is:

  • To perform advanced research and development on MSU grown photonic technologies.
  • To establish and maintain university-corporate partnerships to effect the transfer of these technologies into Montana companies.
  • To provide enhanced educational and employment opportunities for Montana undergraduate and graduate students, enabling our students to perform team-oriented, goal-driven, time-critical research and development.

Visit the Spectrum Lab web page

Applied Research Lab (ARL)

Montana State University (MSU) is approaching nearly two decades of execution on export controlled and classified projects, which has culminated in MSU’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) that will be completed in January 2020. The ARL is a classified research facility that will handle projects at every national security classification level, to include Secret, Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), and Q-clearance for Department of Energy (DoE). The ARL also allows for MSU to provide student opportunities to obtain security clearances and programmatic experience using waterfall, agile, and Dev Ops development approaches that will lead to a pipeline for the U.S. government, defense primes, and national labs. The goals of the ARL are to expand both research and education, while promoting economic development and bolstering MSU’s student opportunities by providing cleared, experienced graduates. Visit the Applied Research Lab website

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries.We serve the manufacturers of Montana by helping them assess and improve their manufacturing operations, providing trainings and workforce development, and leveraging research and technological developments at Montana State University to keep manufacturing competitive in the state. MMEC is housed in the the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, with remote offices in Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, and Great Falls. Our expertise includes staff with decades of combined experience in manufacturing. We are also part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. NIST is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness. MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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MSU Innovation Campus (MSUIC)

The MSU Innovation Campus is Bozeman, Montana’s premier commercial development offering exciting new opportunities for partners to invest in a highly creative and entrepreneurial environment. By establishing collaborative programs between institutions and the private sector, the MSU Innovation Campus will amplify research, commercialize new technologies, and catalyze Montana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Visit the MSU Innovation campus website

Blackstone Launchpad

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars helps Montana State University students and alumni succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Partnered with the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the LaunchPad is open to students, alumni, and faculty in all majors, and enables participants to access mentoring, grow their network, and access the resources to accelerate the success of their business.

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