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K-State programs, projects and people helping Kansans


Advanced Manufacturing Institute

AMI is dedicated to providing innovative and cost effective product and process development solutions. It offers a full spectrum of capabilities that integrate business and creative insight with design and engineering expertise. The team is comprised of experts in engineering, product design, manufacturing and business that work side-by-side with businesses to meet specific goals. AMI works with businesses of all sizes--entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies--in every market imaginable, including manufacturing, transportation, aerospace, consumer products, agriculture, food, chemicals, plastics, bioprocessing, equipment and machinery. AMI also manages an intern program that allows students to gain real work experience, and the opportunity to work with skilled professionals. Through the program, businesses are introduced to potential employees who have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to be immediately productive.

Contact: 785-532-7044 or



All-Hazards Behavioral Health Team

The purpose of the program is to establish a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated behavioral health plan to respond to environmental and human-caused disasters in the state of Kansas to minimize the adverse effects of stressful situations and/or traumatic events affecting citizens in the workplace and community. The team any presidentially declared disaster, including tornadoes, floods, winter storms, other natural disasters, residential fires, transportation, accidents, hazardous materials releases, explosions and domestic acts of terrorism.

Contact: 785-532-7044 or



Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

The center's mission is to serve as a premier center of excellence in cooperative education. It focuses on cooperative research, cooperative business development, cooperative finance, cooperative leadership, cooperative strategic management and cooperative marketing. The center's primary objective is to increase understanding of the cooperative form of business. It conducts teaching, research and educational extension programs to help students and cooperatives understand and improve decision making in cooperatives, cooperative performance, customer service to patrons of cooperatives, cooperative industry standards and the ability of cooperatives to compete with other businesses in the marketplace.

Contact: 785-532-5823 or



Center for Engagement and Community Development

The Center for Engagement and Community Development extends and expands K-State's historic mission of engagement and outreach. The ccenter is a place where university faculty and community leaders can come together to address community challenges, meet community needs, and realize community dreams through effective scholarship-based engagement. The mission of the Center for Engagement and Community Development is to promote engagement across the breadth of our campus- in teaching, research, and outreach -- and to connect the vast resources of K-State to the significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide.

Contact: 785-532-6868 or



Center on Aging

Kansas State University's Center on Aging coordinates and develops educational and training programs in aging, stimulates aging research, coordinates outreach activities, and it serves as a referral center for information on aging resources in Kansas. The Center on Aging faculty are committed to programs of education and training, outreach, and research, which address general issues of aging and seek solutions to the challenges of aging. Undergraduate students may work toward an emphasis in gerontology regardless of their primary major or discipline. Graduate students can apply for a graduate certificate or masters in gerontology. Most of the courses are offered through faculty in disciplinary departments throughout the university.

Contact: 785-532-5945 or



Commercialization Leadership Council

The Commercialization Leadership Council facilitates commercialization activities involving university intellectual property, university infrastructure, university personnel and/or other university resources. The council's inherent mission is providing leadership to enhance communication, coordination and leveraging of university, community and other external assets and establishing university procedures whereby appropriate affiliated not-for-profit and for-profit entitites which provide a return on investment to the university may be created.

Contact: 785-532-6224 or



Community Health Institute

Since 1995, an endowment from the Kansas Health Foundation and substantial commitments from Kansas State University Research and Extension have supported the Office of Community Health. It became the Community Health Institute in 2003 and is housed within K-State Research and Extension, which is dedicated to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and education. The institute's mission is to understand and promote healthy behavior through innovative and sustainable community partnerships and capacity building, behavioral science prevention and intervention research and through outcomes-based cooperative extension programming

Contact: 785-532-7733 or



Center for Hazardous Substance Research

The Center for Hazardous Substance Research was established in 1989 and is part of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. The purpose of the center is to conduct research, education and service pertaining to environmental topics, where a reputable, neutral organization is needed to develop technically sound, consensus-based solutions for diverse groups of stakeholders Topics of research and other activities include sustainability; environmental assessments and remediation; technical assistance to communities, defense agencies and other organizations; and international programs. Environmental assessment work involves proposed nonlethal defense technologies and software tools for environmental decision making. Remediation research has focused on contaminated soil and water from agriculture, forestry, mining, and mineral processing, and other industrial activities. Service activities include providing free technical assistance to citizens and other stakeholders who are providing input on cleanup and re-use of Environmental Protection Agency Superfund, Brownfield, tribal and other types of sites.

Contact: 785-532-6519 or



Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development

The institute's mission is to enhance rural development by helping rural people help themselves. Its objectives are to strengthen the roles of the private sector, entrepreneurship, and local leadership in rural development; encourage cooperation among rural development providers; identify emerging rural policy needs and communicate/facilitate needed strategies for the future through outreach to rural communities; articulate and promote the important benefits of agriculture and rural life and an appreciation of their vital importance to the nation; and utilize strategic alliances and partnerships in accomplishing our mission.

Contact: 785-532-7690 or

Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy was formed in 2004 in response to these problems that result in incivility, citizen alienation and community fragmentation. The institute promotes citizen deliberation on tough political and social issues, resulting in increased citizen participation, reflection, communication and respect. It works to enhance democratization locally, nationall, and internationally through improved community deliberation, facilitation and evaluation practices, development of a certified facilitator training program and interdisciplinary research on models of civic discourse. Through this breadth of scholarly and practical experience, the institute has the capacity to assist citizen deliberation on a wide variety of public issues and in diverse public forums.

Contact: 785-532-7252 or



Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program

The program's mission is to provide first class executive development for agricultural and rural stakeholders by designing and offering challenging and illuminating education and enrichment programs as well as a forum for continuous engagement.

Contact: 785-532-6300 or



Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment

KCARE was established to coordinate and enhance research, extension and teaching activities pertaining to environmental issues related to agriculture. The center's mission is to develop and deliver knowledge that helps Kansans balance 'utilization' and 'protection' of natural resources today and into the future. The center's areas of emphasis are air quality, soil conservation and quality, sustainable agriculture, waste management, water conservation and use and water quality.

Contact: 785-532-7103 or



Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops

The Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Cropswas established out of concern for the survival of small farms in Kansas. The Center works in partnership with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, environmental groups and producer organizations to assist family farmers and ranchers to boost farm profitability, protect natural resources and enhance rural communities. It's mission is to support small family-owned farms in Kansas through research, education and outreach focused on production, storage, processing and marketing technologies that will boost small farm profitability, protect natural resources and enhance rural communities.

Contact: 785-532-1440 or



Kansas Population Center

The Kansas Population Center is the main population-related research facility at Kansas State University. Building on the cross-disciplinary and flexible nature of social demography, the KPC connects various campus units working on population studies, and provides an interface through which K-State professionals can interact with national and international research centers and academic communities. It is a depository for socio-demographic data on Kansas and the United States through its role in the U.S. Census Bureau's State Data Center Program. The research orientation of the Kansas Population Center is "Population and Social Change" -- that is, taking the sociological perspective on population change and studying the impact of population dynamics on social transformation.

Contact: 785-532-4959 or



Office of Local Government

The Office of Local Government provides educational outreach, technical assistance, applied research, and information and referral services to city and county governments, local organizations, the county Extension network and citizens throughout Kansas. These services relate to three broad and interconnected program areas: local and regional economic development practice and policy, local public service organization and finance, and natural resource management and land use planning.

Contact: 785-532-2643 or



National Institute for Strategic Acquisition and Commercialization

NISTAC is dedicated to the start-up and expansion of technology-based, high growth enterprises and enabling the commercialization of university and under-utilized corporate intellectual property. The organization provides opportunity assessment; strategic partnership design; technology acquisition, management and licensing; business development; and technology transfer support activities for entrepreneurs to commercialize intellectual property emanating from basic research at Kansas State University and other intellectual property portfolios.

Contact: 785-532-3900 or



Pollution Prevention Institute

The Pollution Prevention Institute is an agency within Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. The institute provides confidential, technical, environmental pollution prevention and compliance assistance to businesses and institutions. It also operates the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, an air-focused assistance program mainly serving Kansas small businesses. The institute also provides resources for environmental management systems development, energy efficiency and other assistance to communities, hospitals, colleges and large businesses.

Contact: 785-532-6501



Center for Rural Education and Small Schools

The Center for Rural Education and Small Schools was established as a part of the College of Education at Kansas State University in 1978. The center focuses its efforts upon the improvement of the education of the children and youth of the rural and small schools of Kansas and the regional area served by Kansas State University.

Contact: 785-532-5886