Research is an essential link in Auburn University's three-pronged mission of instruction, research and outreach. Successes among the varied research activities within each of its schools and colleges continue to bolster Auburn’s reputation as one of our nation’s top universities. Auburn’s role as a land-grant university emphasizes strong research programs in agriculture, natural resources, the life sciences, engineering and the physical sciences. Strong and expanding research programs exist in agriculture; architecture, design and construction; business; education; engineering; forestry and wildlife sciences; human sciences; the liberal arts; nursing; pharmacy; science and mathematics; and veterinary medicine. Whether in the laboratory, the field, or in the classroom, Auburn University’s research endeavors are diverse and comprehensive, focusing upon developing solutions to major problems that confront humankind and expanding the base of knowledge and technologies available to improve our quality of life. The Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) and the Auburn Research Park were developed to mix research and the business community to complement the economic development and research initiatives of the university. In addition to facilitating the commercialization of university technologies and industry-university partnerships, the research park offers employment opportunities for Auburn’s students and graduates.