Building a New Era of Research

Montclair State ushered in a new era of research with the opening of two premier facilities for research and innovation: the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) and the Feliciano School of Business building. Together, the buildings significantly expand the University's applied learning and research infrastructure, while promoting the development of productive academic, industry and business collaborations.

Photo of the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences building.
The Center for Envronmental and Life Sciences

CELS will support current and future environmental and pharmaceutical life sciences research. "In it, we will continue to build powerful collaborative and interdisciplinary programs that enable us to make lasting contributions to the advancement of science and technologies that conserve natural resources and improve the world's health," says Montclair State President Susan A. Cole.

CELS was created with the future in mind, says College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant. "Our faculty and students are focused on making life better for current and future generations. Now they can do so in cuttingedge facilities representing the best-in-class for research and learning." Prezant adds that the new facility supports the expansion of the University's academic and industry collaborations and addresses a shortage in higher education research facilities that is driving talented students out of state for their educations and future careers.

Photo of the Feliciano School of Business Building.
The Feliciano School of Business

This fall, the University officially renamed the School of Business building in honor of Mimi and Edwin Feliciano, two dedicated University supporters. "We are very fortunate to have the support and guidance of the Felicianos, who are outstanding examples of New Jersey business leaders and who are investing in today's students knowing they will become New Jersey's future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs," says Cole. In July, the University received a $20 million anonymous gift — the largest single donation it has received in its 107-year history — dedicated to supporting Feliciano School of Business programs and advancing its mission of developing talent for a changing world.

According to Dean Gregory Cant, the new Feliciano School of Business building is designed to help students and faculty meet tomorrow's challenges and opportunities. The new building also is home to the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, which focuses on developing an entrepreneurial mindset in students from all disciplines and supports the work of a network of entrepreneurs throughout the state.