Gift provides matching fund opportunities for new lab

Architectural rendering of proposed ACML

Architectural rendering of proposed ACML

A $3 million gift from the estate of James A. Heidman, CE’65, is providing an opportunity for donors to double their support for a new research initiative on campus.

The gift provides a dollar-for-dollar match for all gifts to the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML), a $6 million project. The lab will bolster Missouri S&T’s infrastructure research and serve as a hub for research initiatives conducted under the university’s Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure signature area.

“Our strengths in sustainable infrastructure research and structural engineering are well-known, and with this additional investment we will be able to integrate significant improvements in advanced materials development and accelerated construction methods to achieve even greater prominence,” says John J. Myers, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computing.

“Thanks to Mr. Heidman’s generous gift and the support of other alumni and industry partners, the ACML will help us realize our long-term vision of developing safer, longer-lasting civil infrastructure,” adds Kamal Khayat, ACML director and the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering.

Heidman was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army and former staff engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He lived in Mountain Home, Ark., prior to his death on March 20, 2014.

For more information about the ACML or to take advantage of this matching gift opportunity, contact Sue Wallace at 573-466-3202 or email

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