Become a research partner

A doctoral, research-intensive institution like Northern Arizona University adds value to the regional economy. Our business and agency partners draw on our expertise and laboratory technology to meet their research needs. By forming a business partnership with CEFNS you will increase your company’s knowledge base and potential for growth.

  • Research Partnership Opportunities
  • Business/Agency Models
    • Scholarships 
      • Freeport-McMoRan Science and Technology Gift 
        • The Phoenix-based international mining company presented a $500,000 gift to CEFNS for the promotion of math and science and the support of students in those disciplines.
      • APS Scholars Program and Career Connections 
        • APS provides significant financial aid and career skill-building help to promising CEFNS students.
      • Shephard-Wesnitzer, Inc. (SWI) 
        • SWI supports NAU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with an annual alumni golf tournament. Proceeds benefit the campus chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers.
    • Research Partnerships 
      • The APS Wind Integration Cost Impact Study (2007) 
        • Produced in collaboration with EnerNex Corporation, 3TIER, and Arizona Public Service Company, this study assessed wind energy development feasibility across Arizona. Its impact will guide the state’s energy strategy for years to come.
      • U.S. Forest Service 
        • The School of Forestry closely partners with the U. S. Forest Service, sharing the Southwest Forest Science Complex on campus. Agency scientists work with NAU faculty and students on research and outreach projects.
        • Forestry also works closely with the Arizona State Land Department to manage the 47,000-acre Centennial Forest, which is used extensively for research and education.
    • Outreach 
      • Granite Construction Company 
        • Granite Construction Company and CEFNS work with Tucson educators and college representatives to recruit new engineering students. Partnership efforts include the annual College Prep Day, hosted by Granite in their Tucson office. The event attracts several dozen high school students from the surrounding area.
        • “Granite is not just about building roads, we want to build communities. We want to be community leaders and part of that is partnering with universities.”
        • Lydia Kennedy, HR Manager, Arizona branch, Granite Construction Company, 

Research partnerships create synergy. Harnessing our strengths will advance your goals and provide necessary support for the CEFNS educational mission. To explore the opportunities with NAU’s College for Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, please contact: College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences Dean's Office (928-523-2408)