UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8:15am
Waco, TX — Baylor is quickly becoming one of the largest research universities in the state. On Tuesday morning the school began moving into its' newly-renovated research facility.
Dr. Rene Laufer  is a German-born aerospace engineer who is currently a research professor at Baylor’s space science program known as CASPER.
Today he was able to see progress on his future office.
More than ten years in the making, the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative , or B.R.I.C, used to be an old General Tire factory. But now the 300,000 square foot building will become the cornerstone to Baylor’s future in scientific, technical research. The room is much needed.
“Bottom line was they were so crammed into the area they were in- nobody had research space," said Dr. Truell Hyde, Vice Provost for Research at Baylor
Laufer said, “Sometimes you couldn’t do an experiment in parallel to another experiment because you were too close. You would influence the other experiment. You would have to move stuff to the side just to get stuff done."
All of Baylor’s offices and research labs at the B.R.I.C facility are empty right now but if all goes well, pretty soon the vacant rooms will be housing some of the world’s most state-of-the-art research technologies.
“There are not many places in the world where people are so experienced in dealing with theoretical and experimental work in plasma conditions," said Laufer. “And with these new laboratories here at this wonderful facility, we can do more experiments with more students and give more visibility to the research done at Baylor university.”