IMAC Mission and Goals

IMAC was established on October 25, 2019 by S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani to provide Missouri S&T researchers with a widely recognized infrastructure to pursue collaborative research with scientists at other institutions, achieve success in astrophysical research and scholarship, and recruit and educate the best graduate and undergraduate students. Since its inception, IMAC has contributed to the university mission in the areas of research, education and public outreach.


Our mission

IMAC's mission is to serve as a leading scientific center in the country, increase S&T scientific collaboration with national and international universities, inspire and train tomorrow's scientists, and broaden the university’s educational and academic programs.

Our goals

Contribute to Missouri S&T academic and scholarly excellence by conducting  internationally-renowned research in cosmology and astrophysics, two of the foremost research areas in modern fundamental science.

Inspire and educate tomorrow's STEM workforce through internships and programs that allow Missouri S&T students to work on cutting-edge science projects and experience team work within large, international research networks.

Partner with state, federal and international research and academic institutions to support academic initiatives aimed at creating new professional opportunities for faculty and new learning opportunities for students.

Contribute to the economic and social enrichment of Missouri, the nation, and the global community by promoting community engagement, increasing public awareness of science, and developing initiatives aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented and underserved groups in science.


IMAC's diversity pledge

IMAC members pledge to create and sustain a professional climate that encourages and values diversity. IMAC's members pledge to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for all individuals regardless of their physical ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or personal religious practices. IMAC members pledge to support the professional and personal growth of their peers, and help them excel in their careers. IMAC members pledge to work to increase the numbers of women and other under-represented groups in STEM, pursue their recruitment, mentoring, retention and promotion.