According to the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Research Council (RC), a Research Center is an area or program of study that has:
- Three or more researchers with common interests, working together on a focused research effort that will lead to national recognition.
- Potential to be nationally competitive.
- Some funding in place.
- Capability of becoming self-supporting in three to five years.
The idea is that you should be able to accomplish something as a center that can not be done by individual researchers working alone. Quoting from the SBOE: "... provide funds to establish focused research centers which would enable researchers to make important advances which cannot be made readily by other approaches."
ISU designated Measurement and Control Engineering as a Research Center.
Many of the technological advances of this century have relied on two closely related fields: measurement and control. Measurement is the science of determining the precise value of a physical quantity such as velocity, fluid flow rate, or radioactive emissions, for example. Control is the study of how to use information gained from measurements to improve the behavior or performance of the system under consideration.
Measurement and Control (MCE) together form an interdisciplinary engineering field, with applications ranging from household appliances, advanced aerospace and defense technology, industrial process control, agriculture, and the robotics and automation technology used in manufacturing and production.
The Measurement and Control Engineering Research Center (MCERC) in the College of Engineering at Idaho State University focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art in MCE technology by promoting a multidisciplinary systems perspective that emphasizes the relationship between measurement science and control theory in applications. Through its activities, the Center connects educators, researchers, and practitioners from universities, national labs, industry, and government. This interaction is facilitated through research, education, and service activities.
Mission of MCERC
The mission of Measurement and Control Engineering Research Center is to advance the theory and applications of Measurement and Control Engineering and the related fields.
Goals of MCERC
- Advance the state-of-the-art in Measurement and Control Engineering (MCE) and related fields.
- Promote a multi-disciplinary systems perspective on engineering problems.
- Participate in collaboration between the Center faculty and students and professionals at the local, regional, and national universities, industries and research organizations.
- Stimulate industrial and economic growth in the State of Idaho, the region, and the U.S.