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The four-story, 120,000 gross square-foot Multi-Disciplinary Research & Engineering Building (MREB) contains labs, office space, conference rooms and a cutting-edge, high-performance computing center and five state-of-the-art wet labs, the new Mass Spectrometry Lab, a large multipurpose room, conference room and student lounge. Another unique feature of the building is the “plug-and-play” labs that feature movable tables and shelves. This allows researchers to design a space that fits their project needs. Among other projects, the MREB will host a cooperation between the department of chemistry and the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
The High-Performance Computational Center for Advanced Computing & Data Systems will promote research and teaching on campus through integrating leading-edge high performance computing and visualization for UH faculty, staff and students. The wet labs at MREB are designed to allow researchers to work with volatile chemicals, drugs or biological matter. State of the art capabilities include direct ventilation, specialized piped utilities supplying water and various gases to labs. The new Mass Spectrometry Lab at MREB allow researchers to the most current equipment designed for analytical chemistry.
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The Mehta Family Foundation provided support to establish the Multi-disciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB) at the University of Houston. The ground floor of MREB is named as Mehta Family Engineering Research Center. Groundbreaking for the new building was on October 6, 2014. The building opened in 2018.
The MREB’s collaborative-between-disciplines aspect is a first for University of Houston. The new facilities will allow UH to add more than 250 talented graduate students and to hire new National Academy faculty. Additionally, it will elevate the Cullen College of Engineering’s current national ranking (#74) to a Top 50 Graduate Engineering School.