The fallacy of pure applied research advocates

Written by  //  April 27, 2013  //  Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students  //  No comments

Those who know me are familiar with my occasional rants related to the fallacy held by many in this country that basic research precedes applied research. The fact is there is a complicated interaction between both pure and applied research, and they are both important to supporting and growing a modern economy and nation. This recent article in the Atlantic dispels some of the myths associated with basic research.

The reason I occasionally go on a rant related to this subject is that the College of Technology has excelled in applied research. Our blending of theory with practice is a driving force in our ability to engage in applied research that can have immediate or near-term economic development. This article will give the reader a more detailed look into the importance of applied research, lending additional credibility to the value the College of Technology can bring to our state, nation, and the world.

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