After more than a decade operating from facilities miles apart, Baylor's "far-flung" CASPER space research groups now under one roof at the BRIC
After more than a decade operating from facilities miles apart, Baylor's "far-flung" CASPER space research groups are now under one roof at the BRIC.

Beginning in 1999 with just a single on-campus researcher, Baylor's Center for Astrophysics Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) — has grown into six independent research groups. But in its thirteen years of rapid growth and discovery, CASPER has lacked one thing — a common location.

All that changed in mid-January, 2013, when CASPER's teams of interdisciplinary researchers began leaving their long-time homes on the Baylor and Texas State Technical College Waco campuses to move into sparkling new offices and laboratories at the just-opened Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).

Here, CASPER's three dozen scientists, engineers and associates continue both theoretical and experimental research on topics ranging from gravito-electrodynamics and protoplanetary and protostellar evolution, to complex plasmas, hyper- and low-velocity shock physics and dusty plasmas.

CASPER teams also are developing advanced sensors for terrestrial and space-borne systems, and are collaborating with German researchers in several space science projects, including small satellite research.

With cooperative research agreements already in-place with well over a dozen institutions in the U.S., China, Germany, Brazil and Japan, CASPER researchers are among the first to benefit from the BRIC's collaboration-friendly and interdisciplinary-focused design.

Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.