Bilby history

The Bilby Research Center was named for Ralph Mansfield Bilby (1917-1981), an illustrious Arizona businessman and politician with a long career in public service. At the time the Bilby Center was dedicated in 1981, a centralized research support service was established there, an idea that is unique among national research universities.

Over the years, this approach has sparked fruitful collaboration across various disciplines. Most of the labs housed at the Bilby Center are involved in research on the native cultures and natural environments of the Colorado Plateau.

The research support team has grown over the years, and in 2011 changed its name to IDEA Lab, an acronym that describes the creative and support services we provide: Imaging, Design, Editing, and Administrative services.