Technologically progressive MU students and faculty from different departments have been playing nicely together. And for that they’ve
been rewarded — or, rather, awarded — with a 2009 Campus Technology Innovators Award in information-technology funding from the national magazine Campus Technology.
The program getting recognition: MU’s Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund. Fueled by a combination of corporate sponsorships, student fees and department budgets, the fund provides startup money for collaborative, student-driven information-technology projects.
Since its creation in 2008 by the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Mike McKean and the MU Information Technology Committee, the fund has supported half a dozen interdisciplinary undertakings in software development, sustainability and filmmaking. Projects unite diverse
academic disciplines (engineering, journalism, film, plant sciences, architecture, computer science, business) as well as non-academic units (residential life, student life, campus facilities, student organizations).