Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

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Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

The University of Oregon's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The Knight Campus will work to reshape the state’s public higher education landscape by training new generations of scientists, engaging in new interdisciplinary research, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Message from the Executive Director

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips
Acting Executive Director
Phil and Penny 
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Welcome to the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, we are embarking on what promises to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the University of Oregon since its founding. The Knight Campus builds on a 60-year history of collaboration and interdisciplinary research at the UO by bringing entirely new kinds of scientists to campus to help spur innovation and provide unique research, training, and educational opportunities for our students.

As we build out new programs and hire new faculty members over the next few years, our focus will be on how to enhance the “impact cycle” of our research: a merging of the insights from fundamental research with the practical focus of applied research that accelerates the translation of research from the lab to society as a whole.

An important focus of our initial work will be on working with the state of Oregon to build two new research buildings on campus. These buildings will provide new labs for research, new spaces for training and entrepreneurship, and new core facilities to enhance the research of the entire UO campus.

Keep checking this space. The excitement is just beginning.

Knight Campus Staff

Patrick Phillips
Professor, Department of Biology
Acting Executive Director, Phil and Penny 
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Moira Kiltie
Associate Vice President
Acting Chief of Staff, Phil and Penny 
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Naomi Crow
Business Manager, Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

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Aerial rendering of the Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

The Future Starts Now

The University of Oregon is proud to introduce the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact—a game-changing initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generation of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

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