Central to Kansas State University’s mission since founding as a land-grant school in 1863 are science and research to address humankind’s problems. Now as then, KSU research creates new knowledge that improves life, and the scientific investigative process refreshes classes and other educational opportunities for the student body. The increasing societal demand for universities to develop inventions and technologies emerging from research adds a new university function as economic engine. From its early A & M days, KSU has expanded to nine colleges and ranks as a doctoral granting university with “very high research activity” -- the top tier of Ph.D.-granting institutions nationally, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. KSU awards 150 doctorate degrees annually and its funding base for research exceeds $200 million. In a typical year its research programs attract $110 million in outside funding from such federal agencies as NSF, USDA, DOE, DOD and EPA. University research re-focuses in keeping with society’s problems. For example, K-State has achieved “go-to” status on food safety and security issues. It was chosen to host the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center and as site of the Biosecurity Research Institute, a $54-million, highly-secure research facility that opened in 2007.