About the College

The establishment of the Kummer College was made possible by the transformative $300 million gift from June and Fred Kummer, a 1955 graduate of S&T. His vision of a collaborative spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation empowering future leaders to rise to new challenges led to the founding of the Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development.  The Kummer Institute executes on its mission by working in three critical areas: increasing opportunities across the university by elevating S&T among academic communities, elected officials, and current and potential faculty, staff,  students and industry partners; conducting broad STEM outreach; and fostering economic development. 

Message from the Dean

James Sterling

Welcome to the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Our goal is to begin addressing the challenges of the future right now by harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Kummer College seeks to teach, research and perform the translation of science and technology for the benefit of humanity. While translation implies a one-way flow, innovation and entrepreneurship represent an iterative virtuous cycle of invention and enablement in order to meet evolving needs. Throughout the college, we’re taking bold steps to lubricate and expedite the virtuous cycle of science and technology beyond invention and design to address the context of financial, managerial, regulatory, geopolitical and environmental boundaries and constraints.

S&T has strategically constructed an organizational structure that supports an iterative process of invention. Our outstanding students and faculty are engaged throughout the process. They are supported by the Technology Transfer and Economic Development office and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation. More recent additions to our ecosystem include the Kummer College, and research centers funded by the Kummer Foundation. The ecosystem that supports innovation and entrepreneurship at S&T is indeed growing more robust and diverse.

If you can see yourself joining us, as a student or a faculty member, please explore our departments.

And finally, thank you to our donors. Without their generous support, we would not be able to continue building on the momentum that started with the transformational gift from the late June and Fred Kummer in 2020. If you’d like to be part of that momentum and have an impact on the future of our students and our communities, please contact the Kummer Institute at 573-341-6103 or ki@mst.edu.

Very sincerely,
James D. Sterling
Vice Provost and Founding Dean
Kummer College