Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2005

Mapei Scholar Program




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Matching Research Agency

Mapei S.p.A. viaUniversity of Naples-Federico II


Principal Investigator

K. Krishnamurthy
Associate Dean, School of Engineering
University of Missouri-Rolla
101 Engineering Research Lab
Rolla, MO 65401-0840

p(573) 341- 4154
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Student Involvement

see objective -- six graduate students from University of Naples-Federico II will conduct research at UMR through this program.


Project Objective

The objective of this project is two-fold:
a)to establish a research relationship between UMR and Mapei. Mapei is a global chemical construction company with an interest in establishing a meaningful and sustainable research program in a US University.
b)to market to and attract to UMR quality graduate students exposing them to the research and education culture of the UMR campus. This can also result in a special relationship with the Italian university: University of Naples-Federico II (UniNa) where the students are presently enrolled.


Project Abstract

During the summer of 2006, six UniNa students will come to UMR to conduct supervised research under the advisement of UMR faculty members and funding from Mapei.

  • The research work will be compiled by each student into a thesis (English language) for obtaining the second level engineering degree (laurea specialistica = US master equivalent) in the fields of Materials and Civil Engineering at UniNA with UMR faculty serving as co-advisors.
  • The research topical areas will be jointly selected by UniNA and UMR faculty and will be of interest to Mapei.
  • Immediately after completion of the thesis, the students will make a presentation of their work at Mapei Headquarters in Milan, Italy, and will provide Mapei with a copy of their thesis report.
  • It is envisioned that this program will be continued over the years.

Anticipated Benefits

This program will provide an enriching cultural and academic research experience for the participating students. Ideally, this program will function as a recruiting mechanism for attracting quality students to UMR's graduate programs. It will also foster a collaborative relationship between UMR, UniNa and Mapei.


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Project Start Date:

June 15, 2006

Project End Date:

October 15, 2006


Relationship to other Research/Projects



Technology Transfer Activities

The results of the students' research will be shared with the funding company via presentations and disseminated via theses.


Transportation Research Board Keywords

student recruitment, technology transfer, education