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Iowa State University. Institute for Physical Research and Technology records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 18/1

Scope and Content

This collection consists of records related to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, subject files, biographical files, Science Bound records and administrative records.


  • undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives.


During World War II, a small group of scientists and co-workers at Iowa State played a very important role in the atomic energy program. Through their efforts, a process was developed and demonstrated for making high purity uranium metal. To continue this type of research in the post-war period, the Iowa State University Institute for Atomic Research was authorized by the State Board of Regents in 1945. In February 1974, the name was changed to the Energy and Minerals Resources Research Institute. The name was changed to its present form in 1987.

IPRT is currently a consortium of basic and applied research and information centers located at Iowa State University. The Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the foundation of the consortium, is the first and largest of the IPRT Centers. Encompassing essentially all fields of physical science and engineering, IPRT links its centers to the university community and to external constituencies through its outreach and educational programs.

The mission statement: “IPRT is an enabling organization whose broad mission is to promote interdisciplinary research in the physical sciences and engineering, and specifically to foster the development of new technologies. The primary purpose is to provide an environment in which research centers grow, flourish, and adapt in response to rapidly changing societal needs and expectations in basic and applied interdisciplinary research.” Included are the following specific objectives:

•To promote and facilitate cross-disciplinary research within and among centers with academic

departments and colleges

•To provide University oversight of the Ames Laboratory pursuant to the Dept. of Energy contract and to provide program coordination between the Ames Laboratory and non-DOE IPRT centers

•To facilitate technology transfer in the U.S. to help improve the competitive position of U.S. industry and to create economic diversity in Iowa

•To promote growth of new research initiatives, programs and/or centers

•To represent the interests of individual centers within the university and externally

•To support academic unites in their mission of educating undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates

•To provide a united voice to address common interests and concerns within the university, within the legislative arena, and in the private sector


	Frank H. Spedding	(1946-1968)

		Robert S. Hansen	(1968-1989)

		Michael Crow		(1989-1991)

		David Hoffman		(1991-1993)

		Joel Snow		(1993-1998)

		Tom Barton		(1998- )

		Leonard Bond		(2012 - ) interim


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Processing Information

Released on 2019-03-25.

RS 18/1. Iowa State University. Institute for Physical Research and Technology records
March 26, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672