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Facility will allow University of Oklahoma to expand radar program, officials say

The University of Oklahoma's $15 million Radar Innovations Lab is at the center of the university's efforts to expand its radar program into other applications beyond predicting the weather. The university broke ground on the facility Tuesday.
by Silas Allen Published: October 31, 2012

The building will be located in OU's Research Campus, just east of the National Weather Center. The new lab will be a part of a thriving section of campus that was a vacant parcel of land just nine years ago.

OU President David Boren said the university's status as a national leader in radar technology is the result of decisions university officials made about where to invest.

The university couldn't realistically pick 100 or so areas and fund them well enough to turn them into nationally recognized programs. So university officials identified a few priorities that had the potential to set themselves apart and focused on them, Boren said.

OU's radar program has the capacity to offer new research and technology that could help advance society, he said. Universities traditionally have been the nation's greatest hotbeds of creative energy, Boren said, and OU hopes to continue that tradition.

“This facility will create the kind of creative energy and collaboration that we are talking about,” he said.