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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies – recently announced a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the Kansas Technology Center (KTC) located at Pittsburg State University (PSU). The grant will allow KTC and PSU to establish a recyclable plastics modeling and testing laboratory.

“The resources provided by the NIST grant will allow PSU to continue leading the region and the country in polymers and plastics research,” said Sen. Moran. “In order to compete in a global economy and to protect our country from adversaries, it’s important our businesses and manufacturers remain on the cutting edge. As the chief appropriator for the Department of Commerce and NIST, I’ll continue working with PSU officials to grow their expertise in this important field.”

“We are incredibly appreciative of Senator Moran for helping us secure these federal funds that will allow us to build upon our tradition of excellence in polymers and plastics,” said PSU President Steve Scott.

The modeling and testing laboratory that the NIST grant establishes will allow PSU to bring together renowned faculty and equipment to attract and educate undergraduate and graduate students majoring in its plastics-related programs. It will better prepare these students and faculty members for work in an industry needful of a new generation of skilled workers at the fore of technology and standards in material testing.

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