Missouri State University

About Us

Mission Statement

The Jordan Valley Innovation Center operates under a mission of product development for our corporate partners and interdisciplinary educational experiences for our students.

Educational Philosophy

Advanced technology research and product development is usually accomplished by assigning personnel with different areas of expertise to nurture a concept and develop it into a commercially viable product.

Generally in academia, students studying business, chemistry, engineering physics, industrial management, and materials science do not work together on research projects. Academic units are traditionally separated and tend to educate students in a somewhat isolated fashion.

JVIC breaks from this traditional approach to provide a more interdisciplinary experience aimed at serving the technical and commercial Bachelor/Master of Science educational needs of industry. JVIC emphasizes the application of theory to practice including ’hands-on’ instruction with advanced technology industrial instruments. This education approach will better prepare our students for the industrial R & D and manufacturing experience.

History

From the 1920s to the turn of the century, the Missouri Farmers Association milling facility presented the rural Midwest with supplies that helped feed America. Seven years after its doors were closed, the MFA building was brought back to life in the form of Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC). Livestock feed was once shipped from the middle of downtown Springfield. Today, cutting edge technology and innovative collaboration are a major export.

On November 29, 2005 a ground breaking ceremony was held at the foundation of the old mill. Missouri Representative Roy Blunt said the area would go from a "place for grains to a place for brains." In December of 2006, the Missouri State University Board of Governors voted to name the center in honor of the U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt in recognition of his support and leadership in providing federal funding for the facility. The Jordan Valley Innovation Center opened its newly renovated doors on May 30,2007.

JVIC is made up of five separate buildings, and covers around 75,000 square feet. The capabilities of the center include applied research in nanotechnology, bio-materials, advanced technologies, genomics/proteomics, bio-systems, software engineering and medical material device and instrument technologies. What was once a dilapidated MFA Feed Mill in downtown Springfield, JVIC will now be the home of leading-edge research and state-of-the-art technology.