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$5 MILLION DOW FOUNDATION GIFT STARTS MSU MATERIALS INSTITUTE

 $5 MILLION DOW FOUNDATION GIFT STARTS MSU MATERIALS INSTITUTE
 MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation announced today a $5 million gift to Michigan State University (MSU) to establish an institute for materials research, enhancing one of the nation's leading composites centers and the state's prospects for economic development.
 The gift is one of the largest ever made by the Dow Foundation and the largest ever received for MSU's College of Engineering.
 "The foundation strives to maximize the excellence of existing programs, and Michigan State's work in materials science is among the best in the country," said Dow Foundation President Herbert H. Dow.
 The money anchors construction of a new wing on the Engineering Building. The addition will house the Composite Materials and Structures Center, affiliated laboratories and faculty offices.
 The institute is expected to be named the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Institute for Materials Research. (Official naming and acceptance of the grant awaits a vote by the MSU board of trustees at its February meeting.)
 The Dow gift is one of the top five made to Michigan State's five- year capital campaign, "MSU 2000: Access to Opportunity."
 "The new facility," said Engineering Dean Theodore A. Bickart, "will physically unite researchers at the Composite Materials and Structures Center, now located across the campus, with colleagues in the Engineering Building.
 "This consolidation will increase synergism and accelerate advances in materials science and engineering."
 Approximately 60 percent of all scholarly work conducted at the college is devoted to materials research, primarily composite materials.
 Composites are materials formed by combining two or more components, such as plastics and glass or carbon fibers.
 Lightweight, strong and corrosion-proof, composites increasingly replace steel and aluminum, creating revolutionary change in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, defense and household products industries.
 However, composites frequently cost more than traditional metals. Therefore, MSU research focuses on developing new manufacturing processes that will stimulate the competitive ability of Michigan and other Midwest industry.
 Bickart added that "the Dow gift will further enhance collaboration between the university and Michigan industry and speed the transfer of technology to the marketplace."
 MSU President John DiBiaggio cited the gift as "a catalyst for good that goes far beyond campus boundaries."
 "Because of the generosity of the Dow Foundation," he said, "we can build a facility where innovation and invention will flourish, and the fruits of cutting edge research will directly benefit people in the state and around the world."
 With assets approaching $300 million, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is the fourth-largest private foundation in Michigan. Its charitable grants total approximately $11 million per year.
 The Dow Foundation was established in 1936 by Grace A. Dow, wife of Herbert H. Dow, the founder of The Dow Chemical Co. Its charitable interests include education, economic development, science and technology, as well as art and cultural programs. The Midland-based foundation is one of 21 Michigan foundations that have contributed to Michigan State's capital campaign.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Downs, News Bureau, 517-355-2281, Theodore Bickart, Engineering, 517-355-5113, or Richard Meyer, Development, 517-355-8257, all of Michigan State University; or Elyse Rogers of the Dow Foundation, 517-631-3699/ CO: The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation; Michigan State
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